Added on : 2019-02-11 17:49:23
The Election Commission has written a letter to the Law Ministry, amending Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act and amending its scope to print media, news portals and social media. According to this section, 48 hours before voting (during the Silence Period), the ban on an election is stopped in the electoral areas.
In addition, the Election Commission has also said that in this section, subsection 126 (2) should also be added so that action can be taken against the violation of rules in such cases.
However, the Election Commission had sent these suggestions to the government three weeks ago to make these amendments as early as possible and to be brought in before the coming Lok Sabha elections. Although no decision has been taken so far, while the last session of Parliament is going to end on February 13.
under section 126, only public meetings, a rally or election campaign is restricted. There is also a ban on publicity through electronic media or cinematography. The Election Commission argues that in this way political parties advertise in the print media by the day of voting, it should be stopped.