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Opinion Polls / Exit Polls
Exit poll as the name suggests is the poll carried out when the voters exit from the polling booth. In other words, it is a kind of survey carried out by various non-governmental organisations (news channels, press etc.) to know about the possible outcome of the polls and made predictions based on the information collected. In this process the voters are enquired about the party they had voted for when they came out of the polling station/booth.
Exit Poll vs Opinion Poll
Some people get confused between exit polls and opinion polls. Actually, when voters are asked about the party they had voted for after they have given the vote, it is called exit poll. But, when voters are asked about the party they have decided to vote before they have actually voted, it is called opinion poll.
Latest News: Election Commission bans exit poll till last phase of elections
According to a recent news report, the Election Commission of India had banned the disclosure or dissemmination of results of the opinion polls during 48 hours before the end of the poll, for single-phased elections. In case of multi-phased elections, the Election Commission had put a blanket ban on the exit polls till the last round of voting is over.
The decision from the EC has come following a notification from the Supreme Court of India. In its notification the SC had said that EC has the right and authority to put a ban on the exit and opinion polls during election time and it should implement the ban.
Actually, the decision was taken by the bench of K.G. Balakrishnan, Honb'le Chief Justice of India and Justice P Sathasivam. The Election Commission is free to frame its guidelines to regulate publication of exit polls said the bench on a petition seeking ban on such surveys.
Finally, the Commission issued guidelines according to which, No result of any opinion or exit poll conducted at any time shall be published, publicised or disseminated in any manner by print, electronic or any other media at any time during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for closing of poll in an election held in a single phase. This order will be applicable to all the states and territories in which the elections are going to held in different phases.
According to the EC guidelines, electronic media includes the following:
Projection by a media company
One of the famous media company has projected their outcome of Indian election 2009. This is based on the thorough study done by their top brains, hence nothing is subjected official. This is solely their estimates and does not bind anyone to take it officially.
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