The Election Commission on Thursday allotted broadcast and telecast time to political parties for carrying out their election campaigns on Doordarshan and All India Radio for the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal.
The broadcast and telecast time will be available only to national parties and recognised state parties. This facility will be available from Regional Kendras of AIR and Doordarshan .
The EC has said a base time of 45 minutes will be given to each national party and recognised state party uniformly. The additional time to be allotted to parties has been decided on the basis of poll performance of parties in the last polls,the EC said.
No party will,however,be allocated more than 15 minutes in a single session of broadcast,and Time Vouchers will be issued in the denomination of 5 minutes to each to the six national parties BJP,Congress,BSP,CPI,CPI-M,and NCP.
While ruling BJP has got the maximum 175 minutes in Himachal Pradesh for broadcast and telecast,opposition Congress has got 161 minutes in the two states.
BSP got 67 broadcast minutes in Himachal,while CPI and CPI-M got 46 and 47 minutes respectively. NCP got 48 minutes of telecast and broadcast time. The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations,and will end two days before the date of poll. There will,however,be no telecast or broadcast during the 48 hours preceding the close of polls as per specific provisions of the Representation of People Act,1951, the EC said in an order.