Media Asked To Avoid Broadcasting Any Results One-hour After Polling Ends
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday asked the media to refrain from airing any unofficial result of cantonment board elections for at least one hour after the voting process was over at polling stations
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Sep, 2021 ) :Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday asked the media to refrain from airing any unofficial result of cantonment board elections for at least one hour after the voting process was over at polling stations.
In its code of conduct for coverage at the polling station and announcement of results, the election supervisory body has asked broadcasters to avoid airing any final formal, definite election result of a polling station until one hour was passed after the close of polls.
"The broadcasters will air only with a clear disclaimer that they are unofficial, incomplete and fractional results which should not be taken as a final result until the returning Officer has announced the results of ward," it added.
Only the accredited media persons would be allowed to enter a polling station along with the camera for making footage of the voting process or counting process only for onetime.
However, they cannot make footage of the screened off compartment to maintain the ballot's secrecy.
The media organizations should avoid disseminating information about a party or a candidate which is not supported by cogent evidence and not to air or publish any news related to a candidate without ascertaining its veracity.
Meanwhile, Pemra has been asked to monitor the coverage given to parties through public and private radio and tv channels.
The regulatory authority would be required as per the code to obtain transmission certificates, details of payments made by the candidates or parties for campaign.