February 2, 2012 3:40:04 am
The Election Commission has cautioned TV and radio channels and cable networks against broadcasting election matter through debates,panel discussions and current affairs programmes after the end of campaign and till the conclusion of polls.
There are sometimes allegations of violation of the provisions by TV channels in the telecast of their panel discussions and other news and current affairs programmes, the EC said in an advisory issued on Wednesday.
It has asked the electronic media to avoid violation of Section 126 of the Representation of Peoples Act,1951,which prohibits display of election matter during the last 48 hours before the conclusion of polling.
The commission once again reiterates that TV/Radio channels and cable networks should ensure that the contents of programmes during these 48 hours do not contain any material,including views,appeals by participants that may be construed as promoting or prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate or influencing the result of the election, the advisory read.
The violation is punishable with imprisonment of up to two years,or fine,or both.
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