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ELECTIONS 2004: NO EUROPEAN EXIT POLLS UNTIL CLOSE OF VOTING IN LAST MEMBER STATE

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The Electoral Commission would like to clarify the regulation on publishing ...
The Electoral Commission would like to clarify the regulation on publishing

exit polls before the close of polls for the European Parliamentary

elections.

Regulation 30 of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 makes

clear that statements relating to the way in which voters have voted at the

election, based on information given by voters after they have voted, or any

forecast as to the election result based on this information, must not be

published before the close of the poll. This includes polling of postal voters

as well as electors casting their votes at polling stations.

In this regulation, 'close of the poll' means the close of polling in the

European member state whose electors are the last to vote in the MEP

election. Therefore no exit polls should be published before 9pm on Sunday

13 June.

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