TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer would
like to remind media about laws to keep in mind when covering the
by-elections in the Electoral Districts of Etobicoke—Lakeshore, London
West, Ottawa South, Scarborough—Guildwood and Windsor—Tecumseh.
Ontario law imposes a two day blackout on political advertising between
Tuesday July 30, 2013 at midnight and election day, Thursday, August 1.
There is also a blackout on the publication of election surveys that
have not previously been made public. The blackout on the publication
of election surveys begins at midnight on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and
ends at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013. For more information on
these laws, read our factsheet: Information for the media, publishers and broadcasters.
Media representatives are also reminded that filming and/or photography
is not permitted inside a provincial voting location. The only
exception to this prohibition is for media to film/photograph
candidates casting their ballot. A photo opportunity needs to be
arranged ahead of time between the candidate and the local returning
officer. Elections Ontario Media Relations can provide you with still
photography or footage of voting related activity upon request.
Media representatives may attend the local returning office at the close
of polls. You are advised to make arrangements with the Returning
Officer in advance.
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for
administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
SOURCE: Elections Ontario
For further information:
Elections Ontario Media Relations
416.212.6186 / 1.866.252.2152
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