Source: News Bharati English30 Jan 2017 10:27:31

New Delhi, January 30: The Election Commission on Sunday banned exit polls in election-bound states including the Amritsar Lok Sabha bye-poll. EC said that the display of any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey in any electronic media is prohibited during the period.Citing provisions of section 126A of the Representations of the Peoples Act, 1951, a spokesperson for the Commission said, exit polls cannot be conducted and publicized by means of print and electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from 7 AM on 4th February until 5.30 PM on 8th March.

Meanwhile, Election Commission writes to RBI again for increasing weekly cash withdrawal limit for candidates contesting Assembly polls in five states. This came after RBI rejected the Commission's request to enhance the weekly cash withdrawal limit to 2 lakh rupees from 24 thousand per week.

In its letter to RBI Governor Urjit Patel, the Commission expressed serious concern about the cursory manner, the issue was dealt with. It said the RBI has not realized the gravity of the situation reiterating that it is the constitutional mandate of the Commission to conduct free and fair elections and to provide a level-playing field to all candidates. The poll body urged the RBI to reconsider the proposal.