For the remainder, the draft retains the basic criteria for use of (public) mass media in campaigning, based on the principle of equal opportunities. In the case of non-state-owned media, the election campaign shall be limited only by the size of the election fund. Other restrictions, in Article 43 whose wording is too long and complex, include the ban on announcing results of sociological surveys and opinion polls 15 days before the elections (an overly long limit and possibly very difficult to impose in the Internet world); and the – very correctly defined – ban on candidates holding public office to use public resources (human or material: official transport, means of communication, equipment, premises…) for their election campaigns, even if it may be difficult to ascertain, at least in some cases.
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