The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered Twitter India to remove all tweets related to exit polls.
As the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections only comes to an end on May 19, the poll panel directed the micro-blogging platform to remove all such tweets.
Twitter was yet to react to the EC order.
The order comes a day after the poll panel on Tuesday sent notices to three media houses for publishing surveys predicting the results.
The Election Commission had asked “as to why action should not be taken against them for violation of provision of section 126A of Representation of the People Act”.
The exit polls would be announced on May 19, after voting in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act states that “no person shall conduct any exit poll and publish or publicise by means of the print or electronic media… the result of any exit poll during such period… In case of a general election, the period may commence from the beginning of the hours fixed for poll on the first day of poll and continue till half an hour after closing of the poll in all the states and union territories.”
The section also prescribes that any person, who contravenes the provisions of this section, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
(With agency inputs)