Blackout on publishing election-related opinion polls begins Jan. 1

Casting ballots (RTI file photo)

The Central Election Commission (CEC) says it will be illegal to publish election-related opinion polls for ten days starting on January 1.


The CEC said Monday that the ban begins at midnight on Wednesday and will last until 4pm, on January 11, when polling stations close on election day.


The comprehensive ban includes news coverage, dissemination, commentary and quoting of opinion polls.  


The CEC also said that campaigning for candidates and political parties on Election Day via social media or other channels is prohibited. Violators will be fined up to NT$5 million (US$166,000).


The CEC urged all political parties, candidates, pollsters, media outlets and the public to abide by the law.

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