EC issues orders to ban broadcasting, publication of exit poll resutls
Following the directions of the Election Commission, Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer Saket Kumar issued orders to ban the broadcasting and publication of results of the exit poll and opinion poll, with regard to the Lok Sabha election.
He said the ban would remain in vogue from April 7 morning till 1830 hrs on April 12.
He further said that the results of opinion poll would not be allowed to be broadcas on TV and published in newspapers after 48 hours of completion of the poll on April 7. During this period, the result of opinion poll would not be made public through electronic or print media, he added.
He said the EC had restrained the publication or broadcasting of the result of any opinion poll or survey with regard to the Lok Sabha election.
Action in this regard had been taken under section 126 (1)b of the People's Representation Act 1951.
Dr Kumar said that contingents of para military forces had reached the district and been staging flag march in the district, specially in areas where polling booths had been declared hyper sensitive and sensitive.
He said strict watch was being kept on anti-social elements to stall any untoward activity during the polling.
Still cameras, video cameras and web castings would be pressed into service to keep the polling process transparent, fair and peaceful. He said nakas had been set up the entry points from the states bordering the district to check the entry of anti-social and unwanted elements, who may create problems I the smooth functioning of election process.
Strict watch would also be kept on persons who might try to cast vote through impersonation, he added.
(Posted on 07-04-2014)