ECI issues directives on political advertisements in print media
Guwahati, April 7, 2019
The Election Commission of India (ECI) 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 or one day prior to poll day in all the phases, unless the contents of political advertisements are pre-certified by them from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the State/District level.
In the context of Assam, the restricted days of advertisement are April 10th and 11th, 2019 for Phase-I; April 17th and 18th, 2019 for Phase-II; April 22nd and 23rd, 2019 for Phase-III respectively, stated a press release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam.
The ECI has directed that in order to facilitate the process of pre-certification of the newspaper advertisements, MCMC at State/District level must examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties, candidates and others.
The three-phase voting for 14 seats in Assam will take place on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019 while the counting of votes will be on May 23rd, 2019.