New Delhi, Apr 16 UNI | 4 months ago

The Election Commission today counselled caution to the media against broadcasting or publishing any opinion poll till the completion of the Lok Sabha polls on May 12.

The poll watchdog, in a communication, cited the opinion poll broadcast by a TV channel on April 14 and said it included results of 111 Lok Sabha constituencies where balloting has taken place which 'in effect becomes dissemination of result of exit polls in respect of the said constituencies.'

The EC said this was violation of Section 126 A of Representation of the People Act that prohibits publication and dissemination of exit polls.

"The prohibited period for this purpose is explained as 'the period may commence from the beginning of the hours fixed for poll on the first day of poll and continues till half an hour after closing of the polling in all the states and union territories'," it noted.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)