Election campaign to end today at 5 pm


Tue, Apr 9, 2019

SE Report
GANGTOK:
The office of the CEO, Sikkim has reminded all about the restriction imposed on election-related public meetings, campaigning and media publicity during the 48 hours period ending with the hour fixed for the close of poll.
The prohibited period for Sikkim starts from 5 pm on April 9 and all campaigning are to end at this hour. Voting takes place on April 11 in Sikkim for the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
In a press statement today, the CEO has shared the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for strict enforcement.
During the course of campaign in an election, the political parties mobilize their supporters, including from outside the constituency of poll, in order to bolster that campaign.
“In view of the fact that after the closure of campaign period no campaign can take place within the constituency, presence of political functionaries and party workers, who have been brought from outside the constituency and who are not voters of the constituency, should not remain present in the constituency as their continued presence after end of campaign period may undermine the atmosphere for free and fair poll,” the guideline states.
There is also restriction on advertisement in print media.
“The Election Commission of India has directed that no political party or any other organization or person shall publish any advertisement on the day of poll or one day prior to poll unless the content of the advertisement proposed to be published got pre certified by them from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the district level or the State level as the case may be,” reads the guideline.
Similar restriction is there in electronic media.
“Section 126(1)(b) prohibits display of any election matters by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus (radio or internet etc.) during the prohibited period of 48 hours before the close of poll. In this period, advertisement or sponsored programme or any reports supporting or criticising a candidate with an intention to influence or effect the result of election is prohibited,” states the guideline.


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