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EC issues directives to media for UP polls

The new directives bar reporters from interveiwing candidates filing nominations and photo-journalists from taking pictures.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kanpur
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2007 04:29 PM IST

The Election Commission has issued guidelines for mediapersons covering Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls which bars reporters from interveiwing candidates at the office where they file nominations and photo-journalists from taking pictures of the filing of papers.

The District Election Officer Anurag Srivastava said that media personnel will be kept 100 metres away from these offices and will also not be allowed to take details of candidates' priorities as per Election Commission directions.

The electronic media will have to provide a list of journalists to the district information office to ensure that they get permission to cover important political leaders during public meetings.

Srivastava said that a media centre was being set up to facilitate election coverage and an officer at the centre would update journalists everyday at 4 PM

Candidates contesting the elections will have to take prior permission from the district information office to air advertisements on local TV channels.

Srivastava also said that the district administration will film the nomination processions of candidates and strong action will be taken against those with more than three vehicles in their processions.

Nominations for 14 assembly seats of Kanpur city and Kanpur Dehat district started last Tuesday and the polling of first phase will be held on April 7.

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