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Take Heed of 48hr Blackout Period

Take Heed of 48hr Blackout Period
September 10
08:13 2014

Political parties and individuals campaigning on social media also need to take heed of the 48hour blackout period.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said any campaign material on any medium needs to be taken down before September 15 to ensure the blackout period.

The campaigning media blackout period according to the Electoral Decree also includes social media and websites.

“It is our advice to the party, members of the public to all those managing social media pages to ensure that they are not in breach of the decree and they have to take their own corrective actions to ensure that they are not.”

Mr Saneem also clarified that campaign materials posted on social media prior to the blackout period as well as contents on billboards and vehicle stickers needs to be removed.

“If it is done prior to the date and is sitting there – you should take it down to avoid going to court and finding it out that you should have taken it down,” he said.

“ It is better that the person avoids breaking the law by taking it down in the first place. This will be the same as someone having put up a billboard with campaign material on it during the blackout period,the person would have to have it removed because its having the impact of campaign while it is present there.”

Meanwhile Mr Saneem also advised media organisations to take legal advice on what they can and cannot publish during the blackout period.

“We won’t define what you can print but it should be the media itself taking their own legal advice and it should be factually correct and to ensure that all the facts stated there are verified and correct when you are reporting.”

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 

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