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Elections Canada

November 20, 2012 15:27 ET

Election Day Reminders for Media

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- Election advertising posted on the Internet before election day does not need to be withdrawn, but it cannot be amended once the blackout period has begun.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

-- Durham

-- Victoria

- 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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