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Individuals cannot give advts against party, candidates


A person not associated with a political party or not contesting elections is barred from giving advertisements on TV and radio 
Election-Commission-Of-IndiaNew Delhi: A person not associated with a political party or not contesting elections is barred from giving advertisements on TV and radio against any party as it would indirectly benefit its political rivals.

The Election Commission today cited its 2004 order saying that advertisements by a person other than a political party or candidate are not specifically prohibited.

“However, the order does say that such persons cannot give advertisements for benefit of any political party.

“This implies that ads against a party or candidate cannot be allowed, as that would benefit a party or a candidate,” the poll panel said.

It was responding to a clarification sought by Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi on the issue.

The EC orders on political advertisements are a result of a Supreme Court order on the subject issued in 2004.

In a separate clarification issued to Prasar Bharti, the Commission said telecast of political advertisement on Doordarshan is prohibited 48 hours ending with hour fixed for end of polls only in areas going for election.

In other areas, political advertisement can be telecast.

Channels except DD can show films of actors in fray

Doordarshan cannot telecast films involving actors contesting the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission ruled today.

However, private T V channels and theatres are free to show such films, it said.

“…telecast of films other than commercial advertisement involving films actors who are contesting elections will not be restrained on TV channels or cinema theatres.

“However, telecast of such feature films (other than commercial advertisements) will not be allowed on Doordarshan during the period of the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, considering that Doordarshan is run on public funds,” the EC said in an order.

CEO, Prasar Bharti and DG, Doordarshan had sought a reply from the poll panel on broadcast of films of actors contesting polls.

Prominent among the actors in the fray in the Lok Sabha polls are Hema Malini (Mathura), Raj Babbar (Ghaziabad), Naghma (Meerut), Vinod Khanna (Gurdaspur), Paresh Rawal (Ahmedabad-East), Mahesh Manjrekar (Mumbai North-West), Javed Jaffrey (Lucknow), Jayaprada (Bijnore), Gul Panang and Kirron Kher (Chandigarh).

Besides, a number of candidates are in the fray from AIADMK headed by former cine star J Jayalalithaa, who is also the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and heads the party.

The broadcast of a number of her films during the current poll campaign has stirred a controversy with the Opposition crying foul.

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