ECI ISSUES PROHIBITION PROTOCOL DURING 48 HOUR BEFORE POLL
- PROHIBITION IMPOSED ON BROADCASTING OR PROPAGATING ELECTION MATERIAL ON TV OR RADIO
CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 1:
The Election Commission of India today issued extensive guidelines to the District Election Officers to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours (5 pm on February 2, 2017) ending with hours fixed for conclusion of poll in Punjab to be held on February 4, 2017.
Giving details on this, Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, Mr. V.K. Singh said that the guidelines have been issued in accordance with the provisions enacted in the Section 126 Representation of Peoples’ Act 1951.
According to the guidelines the ongoing campaigning in all the 117 Assembly Constituencies and Amritsar Lok Sabha Bye Election would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling date. Subsequently all the political leaders, functionaries or Party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period, said Mr. Singh.
Necessary guidelines have been issued to the Police and Civil Administration all across the state to ensure that the outsiders who are not required leave immediately. All the political parties have also been briefed on this so that the ECI directive could be followed, said Mr. Singh. The Commission has also directed the election and Police administration to keep a close check on the community centres, guest houses and lodges so that the outsiders, if any, could be kept housed without causing any disturbance during the electoral process. The Identity cards of those who stay there in the constituency would also be checked, he added. He also said that the administration has been asked to ensure all those who have been under security cover could remain there in the constituency, in which they are the registered voters, till the poll day.
Adding further, he said that these directions would not be applicable on the contesting candidates or the state heads of the political parties but they would be allowed to move only between their state party office and their residence about which the Election Commission has already been informed.
Mr. Singh also said that the plying of the two wheelers would also be restricted 24 hours before the poll date. These restrictions would not be applicable to the two wheelers carrying an ailing, physically challenged or the officers/employees who are discharging government duties, added Mr. Singh.
The Election Commission has also imposed complete prohibition on broadcasting or propagating election related material on TV, Radio or even Newspapers. Any such material influencing the voters would not be permissible during the 48 hours before the poll. However, any advertisement being published in the newspapers on February 3 and 4, 2017 requires prior permission or certification from the ECI, added Mr. Singh.
He further said that all the electronic media advertisement, except the bulk SMS, IVRS and social media are banned for broad casting during the last 48 hours ending with poll i.e. starting from 5pm of 2nd Feb 2017to 5 pm of 4th Feb 2017.
He said that the advertisement to be given on bulk SMS, IVRS and social media to be certified by State level MCMC if it is a general party propaganda for the entire state and if it’s for the prospects of the candidate, then by district MCMC.
Mr. VK Singh further said that all the print media advertisement to be published during the last 48 hours ending with poll i.e. starting from 5pm of 2nd Feb 2017 to 5 pm of 4th Feb 2017 is to be certified by State level MCMC if its general party propaganda for the entire state and if it’s for the prospects of the candidate, then by district MCMC.