Meeting of District MCMC held
Chandigarh, 14th March 2019: A meeting of District Media Certification and Monitoring Committee was held today under the chairmanship of Sh. Mandip Singh Brar, Additional Chief Electoral Officer cum Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh.
The District Media Certification and Monitoring Committee undertake activities related to certification of advertisements of political nature and monitoring of paid news.
After the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, it is mandatory that any registered political party, any candidate, any group organization/ association or any individual who wishes to give a advertisement of political nature needs a pre certification from the District level committee.
The pre certification is required for telecasting advertisement of political nature on TV channels, cable networks, radio, cinema halls, audio visual displays in public spaces, bulk messages, voice messages and social media.
To obtain this pre certification, National, State party and every candidate has to apply not later than 3 days prior to the telecast. However, in case of any other person or unregistered political party, it should not be later than 7 days prior to the date of telecast.
The District MCMC shall decide the case within 24 hours of receipt of application if the application is received by 12 noon. If any candidate of political party is not satisfied with the decision of the district MCMC in cases of certification of advertisement of political nature than the former may apply to the state level appellate committee which is headed by Sh. A K Sinha, Chief Electoral Officer, Chandigarh.
The District MCMC will also monitor the cases of paid news in TV channels, cable networks, radio, cinema halls, audio visual displays in public spaces, bulk messages, voice messages, social media and print media.
Any news or analysis appearing in any media for a price in cash or kind as consideration is called paid news. In case of violation, the committee recommends to the returning officer to issue notice to the MCMC. The entire setup of MCMC has been operationized in the parliamentary constituency of Chandigarh.
The meeting was attended by all the members of the District MCMC.