Political parties to need Need pre-certification to use bulk SMSes: EC

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Political parties to need Need pre-certification to use bulk SMSes: EC


News / Election Commission of India   /   May 30, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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New Delhi: For ensuring that no objectionable content is transmitted through bulk messages and recorded voice messages during election campaigns, the Election Commission has made it compulsory for political parties to get pre-certification just as it is necessary to get certification for airing election advertisements on television and radio. 

The EC said that it was aware of the fact that political parties and candidates use bulk messages and recorded voice messages during campaigning.  The EC said that these “may also be sometimes misused to send malicious and vilifying material, there by violating electoral and criminal laws as well as Model Code of Conduct”. 

“The Commission has decided it is necessary to monitor the content of such bulk SMSes during the election process so that objectionable content is not transmitted,” the EC said.

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