Campaign for 2nd phase of polls to end today

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, March 29: Election campaign in 39 constituencies going to polls on April 1 under phase II will come to an end at 6 pm on Tuesday 48 hours prior to the close of polls.

During this period, no person shall convene, hold or attend, join or address any public meetings, processions, etc, and display of election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus is prohibited. It also prohibits propagation of any election matter to the public by holding any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other form of entertainment or amusement with the aim of attracting the members of the public, in any polling area during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll.

The result of any exit or opinion poll conducted shall not be published, publicised or disseminated in any manner by print, electronic or any other media at any time during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for closing of poll. This ban will continue till voting in a single phase, or multiple phases and in all the states where the ECI notified election simultaneously is finally over.

The objective of this prohibition is to provide a period of silence to the electors in the run-up to the actual polling day. Violation will attract punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Moreover, ECI has also banned bike rallies 72 hours before the date of the poll and on the poll day in all poll going constituencies.

 

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