Producers Handbook

On Polling Day

Discussion and analysis of election issues must finish when polling stations open.

In addition, the results of any opinion poll (including exit polls) must not be published on polling day until the poll has closed.

For European elections, results may not be published until all polls throughout the European Union have closed. References in news programmes to the fact that elections are taking place can be made but they should not include any discussion or analysis of policies or issues relevant to the election.