Selection of winners
Are there any requirements for the selection of winners and award of prizes?
There are no specific regulations around selection of winners and award of prizes in a competition, however, as a good practice measure, promoters must ensure that prize competitions are conducted under proper supervision, adequate resources are available to administer them, enough time is allowed for each stage of the competition and the process of selection of winners is fair and independent.
Further, the Advertising Standard Council of India Code requires:
- That advertisements inviting the public to take part in lotteries or prize competitions permitted under law or which hold out the prospect of gifts shall state clearly all material conditions as to enable the consumer to obtain a true and fair view of their prospects in such activities;
- Advertisers to make adequate provisions for the judging of such competitions, announcement of the results and the fair distribution of prizes or gifts according to the advertised terms and conditions within a reasonable period of time; and
- That with regard to the announcement of results, an advertiser’s responsibility is discharged adequately if the advertiser publicizes the main results in the media used to announce the competition as far as is practicable and advises the individual winners by post.