Prohibited Period: Dates and Implications for Tamil Nadu Elections

The upcoming general elections to Lok Sabha 2024 and the bye-election to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 233 Vilavancode Assembly Constituency are scheduled for April 19, 2024. However, there are certain restrictions imposed by the Election Commission of India regarding the publication and dissemination of the results of opinion polls and exit polls. In accordance with the Representation of the People Act, 1951, it is prohibited to conduct or publish any exit poll from 7:00 a.m. on April 19, 2024, to 6:30 p.m. on June 1, 2024. Anyone found contravening these provisions may face imprisonment or fines.
Additionally, displaying any election-related content, including results of opinion polls or surveys, on electronic media is prohibited for 48 hours prior to the conclusion of the polls. These restrictions aim to ensure fair and unbiased elections by preventing the premature disclosure of poll results that could potentially influence voters. It’s essential for media outlets and individuals to adhere to these guidelines to uphold the integrity of the electoral process. This notification was published on 03.04.2024.