EC mutes poll can­di­dates’ caller tunes, ring­tones to curb ad­verts

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Yu­vraj Shri­mal Jaipur: Ra­jasthan Elec­tion de­part­ment has di­rected tele­com firms not to al­low po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their can­di­dates to ad­ver­tise their agenda through caller tunes and ring­tones with­out nod from the Elec­tion Au­thor­ity.

The di­rec­tions were is­sued by Ad­di­tional Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Dr Jog­a­ram on Fri­day at a meet­ing in­volv­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Re­liance Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, BSNL, Tata Indi­com, Voda­fone, Air­tel and Air­cell. The agenda was ad­her­ence of Supreme Court guide­lines on advertisement re­lated to cam­paign­ing, dated April 15, 2004.

The guide­lines re­strict any po­lit­i­cal party, can­di­date or any in­di­vid­ual from ad­ver­tis­ing with­out con­sent SILENT MODE

EC’S Addl CEO held a meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mo­bile ser­vice providers.

Ad­her­ence to Supreme Court guide­lines on advertisement re­lated to cam­paign­ing was stressed upon

from elec­tion au­thor­i­ties.

The Model Code of Con­duct has come into force for the Assem­bly elec­tion in Ra­jasthan, and as­pi­rants seek­ing tick­ets and their sup­port­ers are out in full swing to ad­ver­tise their can­di­da­ture through all means. Turn to P4

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