The assembly elections in five states of India are now over. Starting tonight, it’s time for the exit polls to take center stage.
Exit/Opinion polls used to be aired before the elections take place, but over the past few years the Election Commission has held the notion that Exit Polls can sway a voter’s choice. So they were banned. Today the voting for the 6th and final phase of West Bengal elections 2011 came to an end, so now News Channels like Star News, CNN-IBN can go ahead and show the exit polls.
Despite the fact that the assembly election results are just 3 days away, the exit polls hold a lot of importance for many. Several times it has been seen, that the exit polls at this stage are a clear indication of who’s going to win and who’s going to lose. Although not completely accurate as the polls are made from a fairly small group of voters, it’s still a good indicator of which political party is going to gain the most.
Our own polls suggest that in West Bengal, it’s still a tough competition with Left having a slight edge. Tamil Nadu may see a big swing of votes in favour of AIADMK, while Kerala is also heading towards a photo finish contest between Left and Congress.
So, get ready to watch the exit poll results tonight ahead of the Final Assembly results on dreaded Friday the 13th.