Ban on exit polls in poll-bound states by EC

On the polls scheduled from Nov.12 to Dec 7, the Election Commission has imposed the ban on all exit polls. The states where polls to be held are Telengana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vhhattisgarh and Mizoram in which the polls are to be conducted in two phases and the ban remains effective on Electronics, print and the digital media.

The ban was contemplated by the EC as per the Section 126(1) of the Representation of the People Act(1951) , ‘portraying any election related matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey ” in any electronics media would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours as fixed for the conclusion of any phase of poll.