ECI restricts Exit Polls from Feb 18 to 27 ahead of elections


Story highlights

  • Election Commission has banned the exit poll from February 18 to 27
  • Announcement made by the EC ahead of assembly elections in three NE states
  • Tripura to go for elections on Feb 18, Meghalaya-Nagaland to vote on Feb 27

The three Northeastern states are on the verge of Assembly Elections for the 60 constituencies each. Therefore, the Election watchdog of the country, Election Commission of India has made an announcement banning the exit polls from February 18 to 27.

Ban to be imposed from 7 am on Feb 18 to 4:30 pm on Feb 27

The Election Commission of India(ECI) has recently made an announcement that from February 18 to February 27, no exit polls will be declared by any means.

As per the notification of the ECI, it is to be notified that any exit poll and publishing or publicising, through print or electronic media, or dissemination in any other manner of the result of any exit poll will be prohibited from 7 am on February 18 to 4:30 pm on February 27.

The ECI further clarified that under Section 126 (1) (b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter, including results of opinion polls or other poll surveys in any electronic media will be prohibited during the 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of polls in each of the phases of the general elections.

As per the notification issued by the Election Commission, Tripura is going for polls on February 18 and the remaining two states of Northeast, Meghalaya, and Nagaland will vote on coming February 27.

Keeping the dates in mind, the ECI has made this announcement as this may affect the voters and their votes they are going to cast in the upcoming polls.

EC team to visit Meghalaya

The Election Commission is solely responsible authority for conducting elections, therefore, its team has to visit various poll-bound states in order to review the poll preparations and also to take a review on the security arrangements in the state.

In the series, a team of Election Commission is to visit poll-bound Meghalaya to review the poll preparedness in the state by the Chief Election Officer and other officials.

A team of ECI will be headed by the new Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and under him, other EC officials including Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa will also visit the state.

During the visit, these officials will hold the meetings with the state officials of the ECI and these officials will brief them about the preparation done from their end.

As per the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Meghalaya, Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the officials from the centre will review the poll preparedness with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police along with Divisional Commissioners and will inquire about the security arrangements made by them ahead of polls.

Along with this, the Election Commission will also hold a separate meeting with Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF) and other paramilitary forces as these companies will be deployed in the state for the elections.

This will be followed by a meeting with the Income Tax officials.

Apart from this, the Election Commission officials will also meet leaders of various political parties of the state and will inquire about any violation of Model Code of Conduct as all the three states are under the MCC after the announcement of the dates of the elections.

Also Read: Meghalaya Polls: CEO holds a meeting to review poll-preparedness in Tura


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