Ban on political analysis by astrologers, tarot readers until voting is over: Election Commission
The survey guard dog said that no such program/article can be circulated or distributed, in a consultative to Press Council of India and News Broadcasters’ Association.
The Election Commission has banished stargazers and tarot perusers from foreseeing race comes about, calling it an infringement of the law. In a consultative to the Press Council of India and News Broadcasters’ Association on Thursday, the survey checking body said that no such program/article can be circulated or distributed before all rounds of voting are over.
The commission refered to Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act that expresses that nobody can gather information in any way amid the period when leave surveys are restricted. Any sort of political investigation that predicts either the edge or the quantity of seats prone to be won will be considered as leave survey.
“The Commission is of the view that expectation of consequence of decisions in any frame or way by method for forecasts by crystal gazers, tarot perusers, political examiners or by any individual amid the restricted period is infringement of the soul of Section 126A,” said the survey observing body.
The counseling comes after a Hindi daily paper distributed consequences of what gave off an impression of being a leave survey led after the primary period of Assembly races in Uttar Pradesh. The Commission had requested a FIR be recorded against the administration of Dainik Jagran.
Another TV channel likewise mocked the EC’s principles amid the last round of Assembly decisions in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The commission said that it had discovered projects that anticipated the quantity of seats liable to be won by political gatherings were being broadcast before the races got over. “This was done amid the period leave surveys were precluded,” perused the admonitory. The “denied” period was compelling from 7 am on February 4 till 5.30 pm on March 9.
The Congress has adulated the new run the show. “It is a forward stride. The EC should likewise take cognisance of purported reviews led by gatherings amid decisions,” party representative Tom Vadakkan revealed to Hindustan Times.
An individual from the Press Council of India, Rajeev Ranjan Nag told the every day that the tenets ought to likewise apply to lawmakers. “This appears to damage the right to speak freely and expression, under Section 19(1) of the Constitution, on the off chance that it applies just to columnists and investigators; even government officials and surveyors ought to be banned from making projections,” he revealed to Hindustan Times.