No Political Ads Without Pre-Certification: ECI tell Bombay High Court
General Election 2019 date announced yesterday, and Code of Conduct impose. Political Parties officially start their campaign by different mode, 2014 election changed the mode of political campaign, social media played very important in campaigning. But all political party misuse social networking site, political party doing paid political post even before 48 hours of poling. PIL had filed in Bombay High Court regarding this, court issue notice to ECI, Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.
The ECI has informed the Bombay High Court that a Code of conduct during election regarding regulation of political advertisements on social media is being evolved in consultation with the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) and intermediaries i.e., social networking sites.
Election Commission counsel Pradeep Rajagopal submitted the affidavit before the bench of Bombay High Court Chief justice NH Patil and Justice NM Jamdar. The ECI has file affidavit in a PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prohibit all persons from posting sponsored advertisements that are political in nature 48 hours before polling day.
Earlier, Google and Facebook had filed their affidavits in response of PIL.
Certain amendments to the Representation of the People Act, 1951, were suggested by a committee appointed by the EC under the chairmanship of Umesh Sinha, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner.