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Election Commission of India issues guidelines to media

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The Election Commission has announced a series of guidelines to the media related to the poll.

The advisory to the media announced that exit polls can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections ends on May 19. The advisory is also applicable for Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. TV, radio channels, cable networks, websites and social media platforms should ensure that the contents of programmes telecast during the 48-hour period before the end of polls in each phase do not contain any material, including views or appeals by participants that may be construed as promoting or prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate. The advisory included guidelines to websites and social media for the first time.

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23. The advisory said that conducting exit polls and broadcasting its results are prohibited from the hour fixed for commencement of polls in the first phase of elections till half and hour after the time fixed for close of polls in the last phase. The Commission said that TV, radio channels, cable networks, websites and social media platforms should ensure that the contents of programmes telecast/broadcast/displayed by them during the 48-hour period before the end of polls in each phase do not contain any material, including views or appeals by participants that may be construed as promoting or prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate.

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