PANJIM: Taking suo moto cognizance of political advertisements appearing on social media, the Chief Electoral Office (CEO) has issued notices to three political parties, including the ruling BJP, warning them to refrain from promoting candidates through the social media.
The CEO has directed that all advertisements to be released on social media during the election period require pre-certification from the State and district media monitoring committees.
Addressing media persons on Wednesday, Additional CEO Narayan Navti said that as per Election Commission of India (ECI) directions, no political party or candidate can have any promotion through social media without pre-certification. “Any such act is in clear violation of model code of conduct,” he said.
Navti said they have taken suo-moto cognizance of various advertisements of political parties, their candidates and others, appearing on social media as part of their election campaign. “We have issued notices to six parties warning them to refrain from conducting such acts, failing which severe action would be initiated,” he said.
The notices are issued to BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for their promotion through social media. The political parties and candidates have been seen promoting themselves on social media sites like Facebook, twitter, etc. The political parties were making public meetings, speeches live on the social sites.
“In case of the other political parties, we have issued circular directing them not to use social media platform for election campaigns without permissions. The political party will have to approach State level Media Monitoring Committee and the independent candidates will have to seek permission from District level media monitoring committee,” Navti explained.
The CEO had earlier issued a circular on release of advertisements on print and electronic media, wherein the permission from the media monitoring committee is mandatory.