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Elections | EC bans opinion polls till elections are over

Elections | EC bans opinion polls till elections are over
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First Published: Tue, Apr 14 2009. 11 30 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 14 2009. 11 30 PM IST
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Tuesday passed orders prohibiting the publication and dissemination of results of opinion polls/exit polls, in accordance with the guidelines it had issued on 17 February. The prohibition came into effect from 3pm om Tuesday.
As per the guidelines, results of opinion/exit polls carried out at any time, cannot be published, publicized or disseminated in any manner, during the period starting from 48 hours before conclusion of poll in the first phase of election and till the conclusion of poll in the last phase of election.
EC’s set of guidelines in February followed a a Supreme Court order of 19 January, which said that the former was free to frame its guidelines to regulate publication of exit polls.
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First Published: Tue, Apr 14 2009. 11 30 PM IST