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Astrologers can’t be asked for poll predictions, Election Commission says


In the constituency of former Chief Minister Jayalalitha – Tamil news channels cannot invite astrologers or tarot card readers for result predictions of the upcoming polls.

This directive from an advisory has been issued by the Election Commission on Thursday.

As per the Commission the prediction of results of elections in any form or manner by the way of predictions etc. by Astrologers, political analysts, tarot readers or by any other persons  during the period of polling violates Section 16A of the Representation of People Act, The pole panel said.

The Commission prohibits the use of exit polls between 7 am on February 4 and 5:30on March 9, the period during which Assembly elections were held in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

All media are advised to forbid from telecasting similar programs in future elections during the period of prohibition under section 126 A to ensure transparency in elections.




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