EC asks Political leaders don’t give interviews during “silence period”

The Election Commission has directed leaders of all political parties to not give any media interviews during the “silence period”, or 48 hours before the start of polling when campaigning comes to end.

Its latest advisory states that during the silence period, star campaigners and other political leaders should refrain from addressing the media by way of press conferences and giving interviews on election matters.

This advisory was issued keeping in view of the controversy raised during Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017, after Rahul Gandhi had given interviews to some reginal TV channels, a day ahead of the polls. However, the Congress had hit back by pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi organised a road show a day before polling.

The EC has also cautioned campaigners to not make any reference to a constituency where the silence period is being observed. “In a multi-phased election, the silence period of last 48 hours may be on in certain constituencies while campaign is ongoing in other constituencies. In such event, there should not be any direct or indirect reference amounting to soliciting support for parties or candidates in the constituencies observing the silence period,” it added.

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