General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram 2018- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/ State Political Parties

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General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram 2018- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/ State Political Parties -regarding

A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2018/Communication, dated 15th October, 2018 issued by the Election Commission of India regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to Legislative Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, 2018 is enclosed for the information of the general public.

ORDER

At the time of General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1998, a new initiative for State funding of recognized political parties through free use of the State owned Television and Radio was introduced under directions of the Commission vide its Order, dated 16th January, 1998. The said scheme was subsequently extended in all the General Elections to the State Assemblies held after 1998 and General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

With the amendments to the Representation of the People Act, 1951 vide “Election and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 2003” and the rules notified thereunder, equitable time sharing for campaigning by recognized political parties on electronic media now has statutory basis. In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of the Explanation below section 39A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Central Government has notified all such broadcasting media which are owned or controlled or financed wholly or substantially by funds provided to them by the Central Government as the electronic media for the purposes of that section. Therefore, the Commission has decided to extend the said scheme of equitable time sharing on electronic media through Prasar Bharati Corporation to the ensuing General Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram -2018.

The facilities of use of broadcast time and telecast time will be available only to ‘National Parties’ and ‘Recognized State Parties’, as the case may be in respect of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.

THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SCHEME ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1.         The facilities will be available from the Regional Kendra of the All India Radio and Doordarshan and in the headquarters of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & Mizoram and relayed by other stations within the above mentioned States/UTs.

Time allotted for Telecast/Broadcast:

2.         A base time of 45 minutes will be given to each National Party and Recognized State Party (recognized in respect of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & Mizoram) uniformly on the Regional Kendras of Doordarshan network and All India Radio network in the above mentioned States/UTs.

3.         The additional time to be allotted to the party has been decided on the basis of the poll performance of the party in the last assembly election from the respective above mentioned States/UTs.

4.         In a single session of broadcast, no party will be allocated more than 15 minutes.

Date of Telecast/Broadcast:

5.         The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations for the first phase of poll and two days before the date of poll (in each phase) in the above mentioned States/UTs.

6.         The Prasar Bharati Corporation in consultation with the Commission will decide the actual date and time for broadcast and telecast. This will be subject to the broad technical constraints governing the actual time of transmission available with the Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Submission of Transcripts in advance:

7.         The guidelines prescribed by the Commission for telecast and broadcast will be strictly followed. The parties will be required to submit transcripts and recording in advance. The parties can get this recorded at their own cost in studios, which meet the technical standards prescribed by the Prasar Bharati Corporation or at the Doordarshan/All India Radio Kendra. They can, in the alternative, have these recorded in the studios of Doordarshan and All India Radio by advance requests. In such cases, the recordings may be done at the State Capital and at timings indicated by Doordarshan/All India Radio in advance.

Panel Discussions and Debate:

8.         In addition to the broadcast by parties, the Prasar Bharati Corporation will organize a maximum of two panel discussions and/or debates on the Kendra/Station of Doordarshan/All India Radio. Each eligible party can nominate one representative to such a programme.

9.         The Election Commission of India will approve the names of coordinators for such panel discussions and debates in consultation with the Prasar Bharati Corporation.

Guidelines for observance in Telecasts/Broadcasts:

10.       The telecasts/broadcasts on Doordarshan/AIR will not permit:

a)         Criticism of other countries;

b)         Attack on religions or communities;

c)         anything obscene or defamatory;

d)         incitement of violence;

e)         anything amounting to contempt of court;

f)         aspersion against the integrity of the President and Judiciary;

g)         anything affecting the unity, sovereignty and integrity of the Nation;

h)         any criticism by name of any person;

Time Vouchers for Parties: –

11.       It will be available in the denomination of 5 minutes with one voucher having time allotment from 1 to 4 minutes and the parties will be free to combine them suitably. The allotment of time to different political parties is given in a statement enclosed herewith.

By order,

 (Ajoy Kumar)

  Secretary

GENERAL ELECTION TO THE STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF CHHATTISGARH 2018

Time available to National Parties on

Regional Kendras/State Capital Kendras of Doordarshan/All India Radio

Name of State Name of National/ State Party Total time allotted in minutes for No. of Time Vouchers issued for
    Broadcast Telecast Broadcast Telecast
CHHATTISGARH AITC

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BSP 61 61 12 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute) 12 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute)
BJP 194 194 38 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes) 38 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes)
CPI

 

47 47 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes)
CPI (M)

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC 191 191 38 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute) 38 (5 minutes each) 1 (1 minute)
NCP 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute)

Total

629 629 629 629

 

GENERAL ELECTION TO

THE STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MADHYA PRADESH 2018

Time available to National Parties on Regional Kendras/State Capital Kendras of Doordarshan/All India Radio

Name of State Name of National/ State Party Total time allotted in minutes for No. of Time Vouchers issued for
    Broadcast Telecast Broadcast Telecast
MADHYA PRADESH AITC

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BSP 68 68 13 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes) 13 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minutes)
BJP 206 206 41 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute) 41 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute)
CPI

 

46 46 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute) 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minute)
CPI (M)

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC

 

175 175 35 (5 minutes each) 35 (5 minutes each)
NCP 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute)

Total

631 631 631 631

 

GENERAL ELECTION TO THE STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MIZORAM 2018

Time available to National Parties on Regional Kendras/State Capital Kendras of Doordarshan/All India Radio

 

Name of State Name of National/ State Party Total time allotted in minutes for No. of Time Vouchers issued for
    Broadcast Telecast Broadcast Telecast
MIZORAM AITC

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BSP 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BJP 47 47 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes)
CPI

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
CPI (M)

 

45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC

 

250 250 50 (5 minutes each)  50 (5 minutes each) 
NCP 49 49 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)
MNF 176 176 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute) 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute)
MPC 73 73 14 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes) 14 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)
ZNP 125 125 25 (5 minutes each) 25 (5 minutes each)

Total

900 900 900 900

 

LIST OF POLITICAL PARTIES (CHHATTISGARH, MADHYA PRADES AND MIZORAM)

Sl. No. Abbreviation Status Name of Party
1 AITC National Party All India Trinamool Congress
2 BSP National Party Bahujan Samaj Party
3 BJP National Party Bharatiya Janata Party
4 CPI National Party Communist Party of India
5 CPI (M) National Party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
6 INC National Party Indian National Congress
7 NCP National Party Nationalist Congress Party
8 MNF State Party Mizo National Front
9 MPC State Party Mizoram People’s Conference
10 ZNP State Party Zoram Nationalist Party