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EC panel to review law barring campaigning 48 hrs before poll

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Commission has set up a panel to suggest amendments to a provision in the barring campaigning 48 hours ahead of polling, following complaints that it has failed to keep pace with

The panel will be headed by Commissioner It will have eight other members from the

The committee will have one member each from the ministry, IT ministry and the information and broadcasting ministry. Two others will be from the Press Council of and the

The panel will submit its report to the poll watchdog in the next three months.

The committee will "examine these provisions in the prevailing context of and suggest required changes", it said.

The move to set up the committee came in the wake of controversies over Modi's meeting, Rahul Gandhi's TV interviews and the release of manifesto -- all after campaigning had ended in

The poll panel accepted that Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act does not take into account the revolution in

"It appears imperative to revisit the provisions relating to the last 48 hours before completion of poll to appropriately address challenges unleashed by fast changing technologies in the context of multi-phase polls," the had said.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 22:10 IST