Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh, on Saturday, has sent a notice to the BJP for airing election-related content on NaMo TV after the silence period began in the city, PTI reported quoting a senior official. “The notice was sent to the BJP for airing election-related content on the NaMo TV even after the silence period began,” the senior officer said.
On Friday, the CEO had said that political campaigning in the city which goes to poll on May 12, in the field or on social media, is supposed to end once the silence period begins. The party was asked to reply to the notice by Saturday evening.
In the notice, the Delhi CEO has reportedly said that airing anything that impacts the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be a violation of Article 126 (A). “NaMo TV, sponsored by the BJP, cannot air anything that impacts the elections, violation of Article 126 (A),” the notice read.
Delhi CEO is the nodal officer to pre-certify political content in TV channels and similar platforms which are beamed nationally. In April, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had said that the NaMo TV cannot display ‘election matter’ during the silence period prescribed in the electoral law in a particular phase of the poll. Earlier, the Delhi poll body also had directed government officials and media outlets to ensure only content certified by Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) is played on various media outlets including NaMo TV.