Monday, May 2, 2011

CBC Posts Election Results Early

Did you know Canada.. Elections excitement already underway while we wait for the results to come in.

CBC News broke the election results broadcasting ban by displaying results for approx. five minutes around 9:05 ET tonight. The station then went off the air posting a "Sorry, we're experiencing technical difficulties" message.

Section 329 of the Elections Act prohibits anyone from broadcasting election results ahead before all polls close. This of course is to ensure voters still heading to the polls would not be influenced by news of what had happened in other parts of the country.

This law was originally meant for TV networks & Radio Stations but now a great concern this year with the onslaught of social media users. A $25,000 fine could be enforced.

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