Assembly elections 2017: Election Commission bans exit polls from February 4 to March 8
Assembly elections in states including UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will be held between February 4 and March 8
With few days left for assembly elections to begin, the Election Commission on Sunday imposed a ban on exit polls between February 4 and March 8 in poll-bound states and the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll.
“Exit polls cannot be conducted and publicised by means of print and electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from February 4, 2017 at 7 a.m. to March 8, 2017 at 5.30 p.m,” a spokesman of the EC was quoted by saying.
The spokesperson also added that display of the results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey in any electronic media is prohibited during the period 48 hours, including the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phases, PTI reported.
As per the schedule, elections in states including UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will be held between February 4 and March 8. UP will have a seven-phase election, with polling on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8.
Manipur will have a two phase election with polling on March 4 and 8, while Punjab and Goa will vote on February 4. The election in Uttarakhand will be held on Feb 15.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has refused the Election Commission’s (EC) proposal to relax the weekly withdrawal limit for those contesting the Assembly elections.
The EX had asked the central bank to relax the weekly bank withdrawal limit from Rs 24,000 to Rs 2 lakh for candidates contesting elections.