As per the instructions issued by Election Commission of India (ECI), objectionable SMSs, which violate election laws, model code of conduct and Election Commission’s instructions are not allowed. Election Commission of India has also directed all mobile service providers to stop “political” bulk SMS services 48 hours before the election date (election silence period) to ensure that parties do not influence voters during this period. So, any form of political messages from bulk SMS accounts are not allowed during the election silence period.

During the Election Silence period for various States and UTs (refer to the election dates in the below table), no customSMS messages will be allowed through Your message might be marked as ‘Sent’ in the portal – but it would never reach any recipients.

Please note that this only impacts “Custom” SMS and not other SMS like Reminders, Invoices/Receipt notifications, Complaints and other template based SMS.

Election Dates across Regions

Custom SMS would not be available for48 hours before the election date in your respective region
State Date State Date
Andhra Pradesh 30th April & 7th May Jharkhand April 10, 17, 24
Arunachal Pradesh April 9 Karnataka April 17
Assam April 7,12 & 24 Kerala April 10
Bihar April 10,17,24,30,May 7 & 12 MP April 10, 17, 24
Chhattisgarh April 10, 17, 24 Maharashtra April 10, 17 24
Goa April 17 Manipur April 9, 17
Gujarat April 30 Meghalaya April 9
Haryana April 10 Mizoram April 9
Himachal Pradesh May 7 Nagaland April 9
Jammu & Kashmir April 10, 17, 24, 30 & May 7 Orrisa April 10,17
Andaman and Nicobar Islands April 10 Punjab April 30
Chandigarh April 12 Rajashthan April 17,24
Dadra and Nagar Haveli April 12 Sikkim April 12
Daman and Diu April 30 Tamil Nadu April 24
Lakshwadeep April 10 Tripura April 7 and 12
Puducherry April 24 Uttar Pradesh April 10, 17, 24, 30,May 7 & 12
Delhi April 10 Uttarakhand May 7
West Bengal April 17, 24, 30,May 7 & 12

Do not forget to exercise your vote on the day of election! And encourage all others in your housing society to go out and vote! The country needs it!