In a new approach, the Election Commission on Wednesday sought views of various political parties on the issue of banning opinion polls after the government asked it to hold fresh consultations on the issue.
The government had thrown the ball back into the court of Election Commission on the issue after it did not approve the EC proposal on banning opinion polls and instead asked it to hold fresh consultations.
"The Commission desires that the views of your political party on the proposal to prohibit conducting opinion polls and disseminating results there of during the election period may be communicated to the Commission. This may kindly be done latest by October 21, 2013," said an EC letter to presidents/general secretaries/chairpersons of all recognised parties.
The poll body has asked various recognised national and state political parties to give their views on the issue by October 21.