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Election Commission bans exit polls from 7 April till 12 May

MUMBAI: News channels and print publications will not be allowed to show any kind of exit poll analysis after 7 April, the first phase of Lok Sabha election, till all the nine phases of the general election get over.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a notification, banning the publication and dissemination of exit polls of any kind from 7 am on 7 April till 6.30 pm on 12 May.

The restriction on exit polls will also be applicable for the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh assemblies which are being held along with the Lok Sabha election.

The ECI notification said, “Conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicising by means of the print or electronic media or dissemination in any manner, whatsoever, the result of any exit poll….shall be prohibited.”

Meanwhile, all opinion polls are also banned 48 hours prior to the polling in respective areas.

The poll panel had proposed that there should be a prohibition on publication and broadcast of the results of opinion polls starting from the date of notification of elections till the completion of the last phase of polls to Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.