What is silence period?

The election silence is a ban on political campaigning prior to voting, to give voters a peaceful time to consider and make a final decision on their vote.

This period usually begins 48 hours before the voting day and ends after polling ends.

No active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

In India, Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, 1951 mandates a period of 48 hours until the conclusion of the poll for election silence.

The sale or distribution of liquor at places like hotels, shops, restaurants, etc., whether public or private, within a polling area is also prohibited during this period.