Nagaland

EC bans publication of uncertified ads on polling day & the day before

The Election Commission of India banned the publication of uncertified ads on polling day & the day before

Kohima, October 20 (NEx): The Election Commission of India banned the publication of uncertified ads on polling day & the day before and has directed that no Political Party or Candidate or any other Organization or Person shall publish any Advertisement in the print media on poll day and one day prior to poll day i.e., November 2nd & 3rd, 2020, unless the contents of the Advertisement proposed to be published by the Political Parties, Candidates etc. are Pre-certified by them from the MCMC Committee at the State/District level, as the case may be, in the State.

The ECI stated that instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature published in print media have been brought to the notice of the Commission in the past. Such advertisements in the last stage of the election vitiate the entire election process, and the affected candidates and parties will not have any opportunity of providing clarification/rebuttal in such cases, added the ECI.

In order to ensure that such instances are not repeated, and no untoward incident takes place because of any inflammatory, misleading or hate advertisements, the Commission, in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, and all other powers enabling it has directed that no Political Party or Candidate or any other Organization or Person shall publish any Advertisement in the print media on poll day and one day prior to poll day i.e., 2nd & 3rd November, 2020, unless the contents of the Advertisement proposed to be published by the Political Parties, Candidates etc. are Pre-certified by them from the MCMC Committee at the State/District level, as the case may be, in the particular State.

ECI further directed that MCMC at State/district level should be immediately alerted and activated in order to facilitate the process of pre-certification of the newspaper advertisements and as instructed above and to examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties and candidates or others. It should also be ensured that the decision by MCMC is made expeditiously, it said.

(With inputs from DIPR)