EC says Exit Poll, Forecast of Poll results in illegal until voting in over
In an important advisory the Election Commission of India has said that use of astrology to bypass the ban on exit polls is not permitted. The ECI said that some television channels had found a loop-hole to bypass exit polls. They were predicting poll outcomes through astrologers on their channel, the EC observed.The advisory by the EC says that forecasts of poll results whether by astrologers or political analysts and tarot card readers is banned during the poll process. The media cannot publish or telecast any programme that predicts the poll outcome, the EC advisory read. Astrologers cannot predict poll outcome in the media for 48 hours after the last vote has been caste, the EC said.