SEC prohibits exit poll or its media campaign
By: Tariq Shah VOV
As the first phase of elections is over in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in which 43 segments went for the polls, State Election Commission, has prohibited the conduct of any exit poll and publishing/displaying of the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner in the ongoing District development Council Elections till the last phase of the elections.
This direction was given by the commission because the DDC election is being held in 8 phases and this is only the first phase and if any such exit poll is displayed on print or electronic media, it can influence the other phases of the elections to be held here.
In an order SEC said, “In exercise of powers conferred under Section 36 of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act 1989, the Election Authority (State Election Commission) hereby prohibits the conduct of any exit poll and publishing or publicizing/displaying the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner in the ongoing District development Council Elections in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, till the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in the last phase of these elections, i.e. 2:00 PM on 19th December”.