Election Commission ban political forecasting by astrologers, analysts etc. during polls

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Sushubh

Administrator
[OP]
Oct 29, 2004
416,925
12,931
Gurugram
EC bars political analysts from making specific comment on poll predictions

Political analysts must not predict figures — such as winning margins or the number of seats a party is likely to win — in their comments during polls, the Election Commission announced on Thursday.
“The commission is of the view that predictions of results of elections in any form or manner by way of predictions etc., by astrologers, tarot readers, political analysts or by any persons during the prohibited period is violation of the spirit of Section 126A,” the advisory said.
According to the communiqué, sent to the National Broadcasters Association and Press Council of India among others, all political analysis citing numbers will be considered as exit poll.
The poll panel has set limits, a first in the world’s largest democracy, on what can be said by political commentators without violating the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 — the federal law governing Indian elections.
The law says any offender found guilty can be fined, or imprisoned for up to two years, or both.