Contestants should not disturb the electorate with SMSes or messages on Whatsapp from 10pm to 6am. This is as per the Election Commission of India’s letter written to chief electoral offices of all states and union territories.

In the instructions on prevention of defacement of open spaces and public property, ECI secretary N T Bhutia pointed out that loudspeakers are prohibited for election campaigns between 10pm and 6am. The commission while modifying its letter dated April 20, 2018, has also said there will be a prohibition on campaign-related activity, including door-to-door campaign, SMS, WhatsApp, calls, and usage of loudspeakers during that time. “It is necessary to respect the privacy of the citizens and reduce disturbance to public life in general,” the ECI said.

These instructions will be communicated to the district election officers, returning officers and other election-related authorities and also to the state units of national parties, recognised state parties and registered unrecognised parties in all the states and union territories.

Candidates must avoid use of plastic/polythene and similar non-degradable material for preparation of campaign material. There is a restriction on erecting banners and sign boards without permission.

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