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EC bans exit polls between April 4th and May 16th

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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.

The Commission also said, “Display of any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey in any electronic media is  strictly prohibited during the period 48 hours, including the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phases in connection with the elections.”
Representation of People Act, 1951 provisions the Election Commission to ban exit polls from the time the poll begins till half-an-hour after the polling ends.
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