The Election Commission of India banned exit polls during the entire period when elections to the five state assemblies would be held, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Under the provisions, displaying any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited.
The election Commission notified the period between 7am on 28 January, 2012 and 5.30pm on 3 March, 2012 as the period during which conducting any exit poll or disseminating the result of any exit poll would be prohibited. While 28 January 2012 is the first day of polling in Manipur, 3 March 2012 is the last day of polling in Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
There are 365 foreign nationals lodged in different jails including in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who have completed their sentences ranging from one to 10 years.