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Manipur polls: EC orders FIR against state BJP office bearers over newspaper advertisement

The New Rule Was Enforced After The BJP Brought Out Some Controversial Advertisements During The Bihar Elections.

PTI | Updated on: 04 Mar 2017, 01:47:50 PM
Election Commission (source: Getty)

New Delhi :

The Election Commission has ordered registration of an FIR against certain office bearers of the Manipur BJP and eight newspapers for publishing an advertisement without approval of its monitoring committee.

On the basis of a report by poll authorities in Manipur, the EC had on Friday directed the state chief electoral officer to get the FIRs filed.

The advertisements were published on Friday ahead of the first phase of elections in the state.

The Commission identified the papers as Sangai Express—

Manipuri and English editions—Poknapham, People’s Chronicle, Naharolgi, Thoudang, Imphal free press, Echel Express and Huiyen Lanpao.

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While there is no bar on the publication of election advertisements 48 hours before the polling, a rule introduced by the Commission during the Bihar Assembly polls says that such advertisements should be cleared by its media certification and monitoring committee.

It states that without approval no newspaper will publish such advertisements.

The new rule was enforced after the BJP brought out some controversial advertisements during the Bihar elections.

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First Published : 04 Mar 2017, 01:38:00 PM