Sunday, March 22, 2009

EC allocates time for poll broadcasts on DD, AIR

Politcal parties are given 110 hours of broadcast facillity by the Election Commission (EC).

The parties will get a total of 10 hours on Doordarshan and AIR. They will get initially 45 minutes each, but the remaining four hours and 45 minutes will be divided among them in proportion to the percentage of votes polled by them in the last general elections. The parties will have to follow certain guidelines, the Commission has said.

Even as the EC has permitted seven national political parties and 39 state parties to use Doordarshan and All India Radio to make election broadcasts for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, it has said the transcript of any political advertisement by any party in Hindi, English or regional languages should be submitted to the office of the screening committee in the office of the Central Election Commission in Delhi.