Ban on Exit Poll during State Assembly
The Commission has notified the period of prohibition of conduct of Exit Polls for ongoing states Assembly election of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Commission has decided that the poll hours in the State / Union Territory of Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu will be from 7 am to 6 pm. According to the provisions of section 126 A of representation of the People Act, 1951 the exit polls cannot be conducted and publicized by means of print or electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from 4th April 2016 at 7.00 am to 16th May 2016 6.30 pm.
It is further clarified that under section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phases in connection with aforesaid General Elections.