November 20, 2012 15:27 ET
Chief Electoral Officer Reviews Legal Provisions Affecting Media Covering Current Federal By-elections
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2012) -
- 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- Election advertising posted on the Internet before election day does not need to be withdrawn, but it cannot be amended once the blackout period has begun.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 representatives are not permitted at polling stations 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:
-- Calgary Centre
- Hard copies of the poll-by-poll results will be available after validation, which takes place between one and seven days after election day. Media can obtain a hard copy of poll-by-poll results, in person or by fax, by providing their contact information to the local returning officer before election day.
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