Guwahati: Days ahead of the assembly polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has doubled the broadcast time allotted to each recognised party of four poll-bound states and UT on Doordarshan and All India Radio during the ongoing elections.
The four states and UT to go for polls are: Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry
In its notification, ECI said, “Considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and enhanced relevance of non-contact based campaign, Election Commission of India, in consultation with Prasar Bharti Corporation has decided to double the broadcast/telecast time allotted to each national party and recognized state party of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal on Doordarshan and All India Radio during the ongoing General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, 2021.”
ECI said the facilities will be available from the regional centres of the All India Radio and Doordarshan and relayed by other stations within the four poll-bound states and UT.
The ECI further added that the broadcast time will be available only to the National Parties and recognised State Parties. A base time of 90 minutes will be given to the political parties uniformly on the regional Kendras of Doordarshan and All India Radio networks. However, in a single session of broadcast, no party will be allocated more than 30 minutes.
“A base time of 90 minutes will be given to each national party and recognized state party of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry. Tamil Nadu and West Bengal uniformly on the regional kendras of Doordarshan network and All India Radio network in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry. Tamil Nadu and West Bengal respectively.” it further stated.
As per the notice, the period of broadcast and telecast will be between the date of publication of the list of contesting candidates for the elections and two days before the date of polls. ECI has also made it clear that the telecasts and broadcasts will not permit criticism of other countries, attack on religions or communities, and anything obscene or defamatory or incitement of violence.
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