Elections Canada

Elections Canada

November 03, 2009 13:52 ET

Election Day Reminders for Media

Chief Electoral Officer reviews legal provisions affecting media covering current federal by-elections

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) -

- On election day, until the last polls close in all electoral districts, the Canada Elections Act prohibits the dissemination of:

-- election advertising

-- results of election opinion surveys not previously released

-- election results from other electoral districts

- Election advertising posted on the Internet before election day does not need to be withdrawn, but it cannot be amended once the blackout period has begun.

- Media are not permitted inside polling sites on election day.

- If the location allows, media may film or photograph from the doorway of a polling site, as long as they do not disturb electors or compromise the secrecy of the vote. Media are asked to arrange this in advance with the local returning officer:

-- Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley

-- Hochelaga

-- Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup

-- New Westminster-Coquitlam

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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