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Allotment of broadcast time to parties for State elections

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New Delhi: Following is a copy of order no. 437/TA-LA/2017/Communication, dated 11 January issued by the Commission that describes the allotment of broadcast time to political parties in the elections to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh this year.

 

At the time of general elections to the Lok Sabha in 1998, a new initiative for State funding of recognised political parties through (a) free use of the state-owned television and radio was introduced under directions of the commission vide its order, dated 16 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 People Act, 1951 vide  and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 2003” and the rules notified thereunder, equitable time sharing for campaigning by recognised political parties on electronic media now has (a) statutory basis. In of the powers conferred by clause (a) of the explanation below section 39A of the Representation of 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 to the State Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh — 2017.

broadcastThe facilities of use of broadcast time and telecast time will be available only to ‘national parties’ and ‘recognised State parties’ in respect of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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 Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and relayed by other stations within the above mentioned States/UTs.

Time allotted for telecast/broadcast

  1. A base time of 45 minutes will be given to each national party and recognized State party (recognised in respect of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) uniformly on the regional kendras of Doordarshan network and All India Radio network in the above-mentioned States/ Union Territories (UTs).
  2. 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 from the respective above-mentioned States/UTs.
  3. In a single session of broadcast, no party will be allocated more than 15 minutes.

Date of telecast/broadcast

  1. The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations for the first phase of (the) poll and two days before the date of (the) poll (in each phase) in the respective of above mentioned States/UTs.
  2. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. The 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

  1. The telecasts/broadcasts on Doordarshan/All India Radio will not permit:
  2. a)         Criticism of other countries;
  3. b)         Attack on religions or communities;
  4. c)         anything obscene or defamatory;
  5. d)         incitement of violence;
  6. e)         anything amounting to contempt of court;
  7. f)         aspersion against the integrity of the President and Judiciary;
  8. g)         anything affecting the unity, socereignty and integrity of the Nation;
  9. h)         any criticism by name of any person;

Time vouchers for parties

  1. 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 to the State Legislative Assembly of Goa 2017

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
GOA AITC 53 53 10 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minute) 10 (5 minutes each) +1 (3 minute)
BJP 205 205 41 (5 minutes each) 41 (5 minutes each)
BSP 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
CPI 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
CPI (M) 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC 187 187 37 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes) 37 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes)
NCP 64 64 12 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes) 12 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes)
MG 76 76 15 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 15 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
Total 720 720 720 720
General to the State Legislative Assembly of Manipur 2017

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
MANIPUR AITC 129 129 25 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minute) 25 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minute)
BJP 55 55 11 (5 minutes each) 11 (5 minutes each)
BSP 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
CPI 74 74 14 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes) 14 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)
CPI (M) 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC 254 254 50 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes) 50 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes)
NCP 81 81 16 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 16 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
NPF 82 82 16 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes each) 16 (5 minutes each) +1 (2 minutes)
PDA 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
Total 810 810 810 810
General to the State Legislative Assembly of Punjab 2017

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
PUNJAB AITC 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BJP 78 78 15 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes) 15 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)
BSP 65 65 13 (5 minutes each) 13 (5 minutes each)
CPI 49 49 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)
CPI (M) 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
INC 231 231 46 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 46 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
NCP 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
AAP 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
SAD 206 206 41 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 41 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
Total 810 810 810 810
General to the State Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand 2017

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
UTTARA-KHAND AITC 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
BJP 176 176 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
BSP 93 93 18 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes) 18 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)
CPI 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
CPI (M) 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
INC 178 178 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes) 35 (5 minutes each) + 1 (3 minutes)
NCP 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
Total 630 630 630 630
General election to the State Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh 2017

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
UTTAR PRADESH AITC 47 47 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)
BJP 117 117 23 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes) 23 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)
BSP 169 169 33 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes) 33 (5 minutes each) + 1 (4 minutes)
CPI 46 46 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (1 minutes)
CPI (M) 45 45 9 (5 minutes each) 9 (5 minutes each)
INC 101 101 20 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 20 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
NCP 47 47 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes) 9 (5 minutes each) + 1 (2 minutes)
RLD 56 56 11 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes) 11 (5 minutes each) +1 (1 minutes)
SP 184 184 36 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes) 36 (5 minutes each) +1 (4 minutes)
Total 812 812 812 812
List of political parties (Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh)
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 MG State party Maharashtrawadi Gomantak
9 NPF State party Naga Peoples Front
10 PDA State party Progressive Democratic Alliance
11 AAP State party Aam Aadmi Party
12 SAD State party Shiromani Akali Dal
13 RLD State party Rashtriya Lok Dal
14 SP State party Samajwadi Party

 

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