EC bans poll result predictions by astrologers, tarot readers in media

NEW DELHI: Predictions about election results by astrologers, tarot readers and others in media when there is a ban on broadcasting exit polls are a violation of law, the Election Commission today said.

The EC’s advisory, which was re-issued ahead of elections in Himachal Pradesh tomorrow and in Gujarat in December, asked the media, both electronic and print, to “refrain” from airing and publishing such programmes in future elections during the prohibited period to ensure free, fair and transparent polls.

The advisory was earlier issued on March 30 this year in which the poll watchdog pointed to Section 126 A of the Representation of the People Act . (AGENCIES0