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Ensure election law is not violated in campaigning: EC to Twitter, Facebook

Instead of writing to the two parties, the EC preferred to write to Twitter and Facebook, urging them to ensure that election law is not violated

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Wednesday urged and to ensure provisions of electoral law, which bars display of campaign material in the 'silence period' in run up to polls, are followed on their platforms.

The poll panels request to the giants comes against the backdrop of and the reportedly asking voters of and on the to cast ballot in their favour.

Instead of writing to the two parties, the EC preferred to write to and Facebook, urging them to ensure that is not violated.

"The tweets could be taken out by the company," a senior functionary said on the condition of anonymity.

Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act prohibits display of any election matter by means of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of polls.

does not fall under the ambit of the law.

The EC's (communication), Dhirendra Ojha, told reporters here that the letter "has not been written against the backdrop" of the tweets.

He said the two majors have been reminded of the provisions of section 126.

A slogan urging people to vote for the party was appended below the two tweets of Gandhi.

had retweeted a tweet by a spokesperson urging people of to vote for the party.

First Published: Wed, November 28 2018. 21:35 IST