June 06, Colombo: The National Election Commission has issued extraordinary gazette notifications containing Media Guidelines and Code Of Conduct for contesting political parties, independent groups and candidates of the elections.
THE Media Guidelines made by the Election Commission under Article 104 B (5) (a) of the Constitution states that every media institution shall provide accurate, balanced and impartial information in broadcasting or televising or publishing its news bulletins and any other program related to political affairs.
The Commission said it is not only the duty, but also the responsibility of the proprietors of media institutions and administrators and users of social media to adhere to these guidelines, as observance of these guidelines is essential to ensure a free and fair election
The Election Commission said the Code of Conduct is issued in terms of Section 8(8) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981 as amended by the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Act, No. 58 of 2009.
The Code is applicable to the period commencing from the date of notice of nomination and to the date of declaration of the result of any election.
The candidates contesting at the Elections, Secretaries of respective political parties, agents and supporters or candidates, as applicable, are expected to act in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
It is also expected that the candidates and, as relevant, Secretaries of Political Parties will made suitable arrangements to ensure that their agents, party members, followers and supporters earnestly observe this Code of Conduct.
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