Bihar election 2020: EC says Exit ballot ban applies to astrologers, tarot readers, analysts too

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EC says Exit ballot ban applies to astrologers, tarot readers, analysts too

When there’s a ban on exit polls, prediction of ballot ends in the media by astrologers, tarot readers and analysts is a violation of theáelectoral regulation, the Election Fee stated on Thursday. The EC’s advisory, re-issued forward of the three-phase elections in Bihar starting later this month, requested the media, each digital and print, to “chorus” from airing and publishing such programmes throughout the prohibited interval to make sure free, honest and clear polls.

The advisory was first issued on March 30, 2017, through which the ballot watchdog cited Part 126A of the Illustration of the Individuals Act.

The supply states that “no individual shall conduct any exit ballot and publish or publicise by the use of the print and digital media or disseminate in some other method, in any respect, the results of any exit ballot throughout such interval as could also be notified by the Election Fee….”

The March 2017 advisory was issued holding in thoughts the Fee’s expertise throughout the elections to the assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

“The Fee is of the view that prediction of outcomes of elections in any type or method by the use of predictions and many others. by Astrologers, Tarot Readers, Political Analysts or by any individuals throughout the prohibited interval is violation of the spirit of Part 126A of the RP Act, 1951 which goals to stop the electors of constituencies nonetheless going to polls from being influenced of their voting by such predictions in regards to the prospects of the varied political events,” the advisory issued Thursday stated.

It stated the media (each digital and print) is suggested to not publish or publicise any such article or programme associated to the dissemination of outcomes, throughout the prohibited interval between 7.00 AM on 28 October, 2020 (Wednesday) and 6.30 PM on 7 November, 2020 (Saturday) throughout the Bihar elections “to make sure free and honest elections”. Elections in Bihar might be held on October 28, November three and November 7.

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