The Election Commission banned exit polls between April 4 and May 16 in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry bound to polling.
“Exit polls cannot be conducted and publicised by means of print and electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from April 4 at 7 a.m. to May 16 at 6.30 p.m,” said the Election Commission.
Assam will vote on April 4 and 11 for 126 seats,West Bengal on April 4, 11, 17, 21, 25, 30 and May 5 for 294 seats. Kerala for 140 seats, Tamil Nadu for 234 seats and Puducherry for 30 seats will startpolling on May 16. Counting of votes in all five states will take place on May 19.
The election timings for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are between 7 AM and 6 PM. The timings for West Bengal and Assam would be a little different from the other states depending on the topography of the constituency and the security situations.