The Election Commission of India has banned the exit polls for five states that will witness elections in the coming days till March 7. The elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
The poll body in an order wrote, “No person shall conduct any exit poll and publicize by means of print or any other manner, the result of any exit poll.”
The publishing of exit polls has been prohibited from 7.00 am on February 10 to 6.30 pm on March 7– i.e. during the polling period. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
Elections to 403 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats will be held in seven phases on these dates: February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27; March 3 and 7. Uttarakhand’s 70 seats and Goa’s 40 seats will go to polls on February 14 in a single phase, while 117-member Punjab Assembly on February 20. A 60-member Manipur Assembly will go to polling in two phases on February 27 and March 3.