The people, who are eagerly waiting to know the outcome of exit polls of assembly elections of five states, have to wait for one more day, as the Election Commission (EC) on Friday postponed their telecast to March 9 evening from March 8. The EC announced the date of assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa between February 4 and March 8. But following the demise of two candidates in the Alapur (UP) and the Karnaprayag (Uttarakhand) constituencies, the Commission had postponed elections there and fixed March 9 as the new date, as if candidates of recognised parties die before or on polling day, the election is postponed to allow the party field a new person. Therefore, the EC on Friday made it clear that the exit polls can be telecast after 5:30 pm on March 9, half an hour after polling ends in the two constituencies. According to election laws, exit polls can be telecast half-an-hour after the end of polling in all the phases and states.
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According to election laws, exit polls can be telecast half-an-hour after the end of polling in all the phases and states.
Meanwhile, the campaign has begun for the 7th and final phase of Uttar Pradesh 2017. 40 Assembly constituencies will go to polls on March 8. Also, bitter poll campaign with sharp attacks and counter-attacks came to a close this evening for the 49 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats, the voting for which is to be held on March 4 with SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency being in focus. Assembly segments of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency of firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, and Mau, where jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari is in fray, also figure in this sixth and penultimate phase of polling.