The Election Commission said exit polls can be broadcast at any time after 6.30 pm on Monday. (JPN/Agencies)
“In order to remove any doubt, it is clarified that under the law (Section 126 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951), the results of exit polls can be disseminated only after 6.30 pm,” Election Commission Director Dhirendra Ojha said in a statement on Sunday.
“May 12, as already notified by the commission vide its notification dated April 3," he added.
There were reports in the media that the Election Commission had urged TV channels not to show any exit polls before Thursday.
Some of the exit polls that were leaked earlier predicted a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – in a way justifying the much-hyped wave of saffron party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
However, it is worth mentioning that the exit polls in the 2009 and 2004 general elections failed to catch the nerves of the voters and their credibility took a severe hit after wrong predictions.
The Election Commission said exit polls can be broadcast at any time after 6.30 pm on Monday.