An order was issued by the Election Commission of India that political parties as well as candidates will not be permitted to give their advertisements in print media on February 3 and 4 unless cleared beforehand by the panel’s Media Certification & Monitoring Committee (MCMC).
This decision came by the Election Commission came ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in Punjab and Goa on February 4.
The Commission stated that occasions of “offending” and “misleading” advertisements published in the print media have been into their notice recently and they would suggest people to avoid doing the same.
In order to avoid any “untoward” incident due to the “inflammatory, misleading or hate” advertisements this time around, the EC has directed that “no political party or candidate or any other organisation or person shall publish any advertisement in the print media on 3rd and 4th February unless the contents of the advertisement proposed to be published are got pre-certified by political parties, candidates, etc. from the MCMC committee”.