Exit polls banned from April 4 till May 10

Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 19:10

New Delhi: The Election Commission has
banned conduct of exit polls and releasing their results from
April 4 till May 10 to ensure free and fair assembly polls in
five states.

"The Commission hereby notifies the period between 7
am on 04.04.2011, i.e., the first day of poll in Assam, to 5.30
pm 10.05.2011, i.e., the last day of the poll in West
Bengal, as the period during which conducting any exit poll or
disseminating in any manner whatsoever, the result of any exit
poll would be prohibited," the EC said.

The Commission also said that under the Representation
of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter
including results of any opinion poll or any other poll
survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during
the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for
conclusion of poll in every phase.

While Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry would go for a
single day polling on April 13, Assam will witness a two stage
elections on April 4 and 11. Assembly polls in West Bengal
would be conducted in six phases on April 18, 23, 27 and May
3, 7 and 10.

PTI




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