The campaigning for Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra and by-elections in Punjab and other states concluded on Saturday. It was the last day for the campaigning in the states, ahead of the elections. The two states will go to polls on October 21.
The Election Commission of India has denied permission to 63 private establishments to remain open on October 21 (polling day) in Mumbai, as they’re not under the ’emergency services category’ described by the EC. Meanwhile, only two establishments are allowed to remain open for emergency services.
Earlier, the ECI announced a ban on exit polls from 7 am to 6:30 pm on October 21. “General Elections to the LAs of Haryana & Maharashtra and by-elections to 51 Assembly Constituencies of 17 States & 23-Samastipur (SC) PC in Bihar & 45-Satara PC in Maharashtra to be held simultaneously – Ban on EXIT POLL from 7 am to 6.30 pm on 21st October,” ECI spokesperson Sheyphali Sharan tweeted.
Also, displaying any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of poll in the respective polling areas.
“No political party or candidate to publish any advertisement in print media on the day of poll & one day prior to poll in Haryana & Maharashtra, i.e. 20th & 21st October, unless contents are got pre-certified from Media Certification & Monitoring Committee,” said ECI spokesperson.