The Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed that no political party or candidate or any other organization or person shall publish any advertisement in the print media on the poll day or one day prior to the poll day in all the phases of the Assam Assembly elections.

If any party wants to publish advertisements, the contents of political advertisements need to be pre-certified by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the State/District level.

In the context of Assam, the restricted days of advertisement are March 26 and 27, 2021 for Phase-I; March 31 and April 1 for Phase-II, April 5 and 6 for Phase-III respectively, ECI said in a statement.

The ECI has further directed that in order to facilitate the process of pre-certification of the newspaper advertisements, MCMC at State/District level must examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties, candidates and others expeditiously.

This direction is meant for all political parties, contesting candidates and newspapers for general information and strict compliance.

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