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General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2015 - Allotment of Broadcast / Telecast time to Political Parties – regarding

A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA2015/Communication, dated 18th   September, 2015 issued by the Commission regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to political parties in the General Election toLegislative Assemblies of Bihar, 2015 is enclosed for the information of the general public.

 

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ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA

Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001

 

No. 437/TA-LA2015/Communication                                                Dated:  18th September, 2015

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 & 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 there under, 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 Govt. 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 Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar.

The facilities of use of broadcast time and telecast time will be available only to ‘National Parties’ and ‘Recognized State Party’ in respect of Bihar.

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 Bihar and relayed by other stations within Bihar.

 

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 Bihar) uniformly on the Regional Kendras of Doordarshan network and All India Radio network in the State of Bihar.

 

3.                    The additional time to be allotted to the parties has been decided on the basis of the poll performance of the parties in the last assembly election from the State of Bihar.

 

 

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

 

Date of Telecasts/Broadcasts:

 

5.                    The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations and two days before the date of poll (in each phase) in the State of Bihar.

 

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 organise 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.              Time Vouchers 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,

 

 

(Dhirendra Ojha)

Director


 

GENERAL ELECTION TO

THE STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF BIHAR 2015

Time available to National Parties & State Parties on

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

Name of State/U.T.

Name of National/ State Party

Total time allotted in minutes for

No. of Time Vouchers issued for

 

 

Broadcast

Telecast

Broadcast

Telecast

Bihar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

BJP

137

137

27 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)

27 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)

BSP

63

63

12 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)

12 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)

CPI

55

55

11 (5 minutes each)

11 (5 minutes each)

CPI (M)

49

49

9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)

9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)

INC

92

92

18 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)

18 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)

NCP

55

55

11 (5 minutes each)

11 (5 minutes each)

JD(U)

171

171

34 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute)

34 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minute)

LJP

83

83

16 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)

16 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)

RJD

150

150

30 (5 minutes each)

30 (5 minutes each)

RLSP

45

45

9 (5 minutes each)

9 (5 minutes each)

 

900

900

            

 

LIST OF POLITICAL PARTIES

 

Sl.No.

Abbreviation

Status

Name of Party

1

BJP

National Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

2

BSP

National Party

Bahujan Samaj Party

3

CPI

National Party

Communist Party of India

4

CPI (M)

National Party

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

5

INC

National Party

Indian National Congress

6

NCP

National Party

Nationalist Congress Party

7

JD(U)

State Party

Janata Dal (United)

8

LJP

State Party

Lok Jan Shakti Party

9

RJD

State Party

Rashtriya Janata Dal

10

RLSP

State Party

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party