BIGG BOSS – 13
VOTING RULES AND REGULATIONS

The VOTING RULES AND REGULATIONS as contained herein shall be binding on each and every individual, who participates in the voting activity ("Voting Poll") by casting his/her vote, using the Voting Mechanism (as defined below), for the Shortlisted Participants (as defined below) competing in the program titled 'Big Boss-13 ("Program") being aired on "Colors", (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Channel"), being the channel owned and operated by Viacom18 Media Private Limited ("Viacom18"). The Principal Voting Rules and Regulations and General Rules (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Rules and Regulations") are stated hereunder.

The Rules and Regulations in relation to the Poll as stated herein is an electronic record in terms of Information Technology Act, 2000 ("Act") and rules thereunder as applicable and the amended provisions pertaining to electronic records in various statutes as amended by the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008. This is a legal and binding agreement between the Applicant /Participant (as defined hereinafter) and Viacom18, that states the terms that govern the Voter’s participation in the Poll through the Voot App/My Jio App / Website (as stated hereinbelow) and/or any other platform as communicated hereunder. By participating in the Poll, the Voter hereby unconditionally consents, agrees and undertakes to abide, be bound by and adhere to the terms and conditions stated herein.

Viacom18 is conducting the voting process in order to enable the viewers to save their favourite Participants in the Program from elimination and eventually making them the winner/s of the Program. This Poll is open for all individuals residing in the regions as stated hereinafter and above ('Voter'). The Voter hereby agrees to have read and understood all the terms and conditions for participation in the Poll and agrees to abide by the same.

PRINCIPAL VOTING RULES AND REGULATIONS:

  1. The Program is a reality show where individuals/housemates ("Participants") staying in the Bigg Boss House will nominate housemates for eviction from the Program ("Shortlisted Participant"). During the Program, the viewers will be asked to cast their vote for the Shortlisted Participant whom they want to save from eviction from the Program. The Shortlisted Participant who gains the minimum votes from the viewers, will be eliminated from the Program.
  2. Further, Viacom18 and/or the Channel shall be entitled to, at its discretion any time during the telecast of the Program, re-introduce the eliminated Participant(s) or introduce fresh individuals/participants ("Wild Card Entries").
  3. From 29 September 2019 onwards, the Channel will telecast the episode(s) of the Program at the timings stated below:
    1. 21: 00 hours on Saturday & Sunday;
    2. 22.30 hours from Monday to Friday;
  4. The votes, for each of the episode, should be sent only during the Voting Cycle, as more particularly mentioned in rule 12 of the Principal Voting Rules and Regulations. Votes sent after the Voting Cycle, shall not be considered as valid and shall be deemed null and void.
  5. To participate in the Poll, the Voters must watch the episodes of the Program being telecast on the Channel. The viewer(s) by participating in the Poll will get an opportunity to cast their vote for the Shortlisted Participants participating in that episode(s) of the Program.
  6. The viewers interested in the Poll can participate by choosing any of the 2 (two) mechanisms as mentioned below and shall be subject to the respective mechanism’s requirements and rules:
    1. Internet Mechanism: By logging into www.voot.com ("Website") and as per details mentioned on the Website and casting the vote as more detailed in rule 7;
    2. Voot App Mechanism: By logging in to the Voot mobile application as owned and operated by Viacom18 ('Voot App') and casting the vote as detailed in rule 8.
    3. MyJio mobile application: By logging into the MyJio mobile application ("My Jio App") and casting the vote as per the process detailed in rule 8 below.
    The Voot App and My Jio App shall hereinafter together refer to as the 'Application Mechanism'.
    All the above mechanism together shall hereinafter collectively be referred to as "Voting Mechanism".
  7. Internet Mechanism
    A viewer interested to cast his/her vote, by using Internet Mechanism, will be subject to the following:
    1. Only viewers residing in Countries mentioned in the Annexure-A below can participate through Internet Mechanism;
    2. The viewer shall be required to visit the Website and as per the details mentioned therein, the viewer should log in by using his login id and password or his/her social media account logins if and as may be applicable. If a viewer does not have a valid and existing user ID and password, he/she can create a new valid email ID by entering the mandatory fields as may be required on the specific site;
    3. Once the viewer successfully logs into the required page of the Website, he/she can cast his/her vote for the Shortlisted Participants he/she desires for a particular episode of the Program, as per the details mentioned on the Website and Rules and Regulations stated herein.
    4. After casting the vote, as per the Rules and Regulations mentioned here, the viewer should log into the respective domain page (i.e. facebook, Gmail) and sign out/log out without fail. Any failure or usage of domain page by any unauthorized party, will not be considered by Viacom18 or the Channel to allow a viewer to vote again or withdraw any vote.
    5. The viewer will not be charged for login to the page of the Website to cast the vote, however, there will be cost levied, at the applicable rate, by the network provider for using internet connection which shall be checked by the Voter at his/her sole responsibility.
  8. Application Mechanism:
    A viewer interested to cast his/her vote, by using Application Mechanism, will be subject to the following:
    1. Only viewers residing in India and using valid Indian phone number which are duly registered with the network operators can participate through Application Mechanism;
    2. The viewer needs to mandatorily download the Application(s) (i.e. either Voot or My Jio) (either on iOs, Android and/or Windows) to cast his/her vote using the Application Mechanism.
    3. After properly downloading the Application(s), the viewer needs to login by using either his/her Facebook or Gmail login. If a viewer does not have an existing user ID and password, he/she can create a new valid email ID by entering the mandatory fields required.
    4. Once the viewer successfully logs into the respective domain page (i.e. Facebook, Gmail), he/she can cast his/her vote for the Shortlisted Participant he/she desires for a particular episode of the Program, as per the details mentioned on the Application and Rules and Regulations mentioned here. The vote should contain the keyword assigned to each of the Shortlisted Participant of the Program for each respective episode of the Program.
    5. After casting the vote, as per the Rules and Regulations mentioned here, the viewer should log out of the respective domain page (i.e. Facebook, Gmail) and sign out/log out without fail. Any failure or usage of domain page by any unauthorized party, will not be considered by Viacom18 or the Channel to allow a viewer to vote again or withdraw any vote.
  9. The Voter should cast his/her vote for a particular Shortlisted Participant, for respective episodes of the Program, during a particular Voting Cycle (as defined below) and any vote cast after the Voting Cycle shall neither be considered as a valid vote for that episode nor for the next Voting Cycle.
  10. Viewer(s) interested in voting for their favourite Shortlisted Participants in a particular episode of the Program, must cast their vote within the time period stated in the Voting Cycle table hereinbelow: Tentative voting cycle for the entire season: 30 September 2019 to 11 January 2020

    Territory

    Bigg Boss Voting

    Voting Lines Open

    Voting Lines Close

    Local Time

    IST

    Local Time

    IST

    India

    Monday 2330 IST

    Monday 2330 IST

    Thursday 2330 IST

    Thursday 2330 IST

    UAE (UAE)

    Monday 2330 UAE

    Tuesday 0100 IST

    Thursday 2200 UAE

    Thursday 2330 IST

    USA & Canada  (ET)

    Monday 2130 ET

    Tuesday 0700 IST

    Thursday 1400 ET

    Thursday 2330 IST

    APAC (SGT)

    Tuesday 1630 SGT

    Tuesday 1400 IST

    Thursday 2100 SGT

    Thursday 2330 IST

    South Africa (CAT)

    Monday 2330 CAT

    Tuesday 0300 IST

    Thursday 2000 CAT

    Thursday 2330 IST


    Territory

    Bigg Boss Voting After USA daylight saving changes

    Voting Lines Open

    Voting Lines Close

    Local Time

    IST

    Local Time

    IST

    India

    Monday 2330 IST

    Monday 2330 IST

    Thursday 2330 IST

    Thursday 2330 IST

    USA & Canada  (ET)

    Monday 2130 ET

    Tuesday 0600 IST

    Thursday 1300 ET

    Thursday 2330 IST

    For every episode of the Program, the period starting from Voting Start Date and Time and ending on Voting End Date and Time will be considered as voting cycle for that particular episode ("Voting Cycle").
    The Voting Poll will start from Monday of the first week of the vote-out (i.e. the week in which the Shortlisted Participant are first nominated for vote-out or any such other day as communicated by Viacom18) and end on Thursday of the grand finale week (i.e. the last week in which the Shortlisted Participant are nominated for vote-out on the grand finale episode or any such other day as communicated by Viacom18) of the Program for the Shortlisted Participant for that week.
    Any change in Voting Cycle will be notified by the way of Astons on-air specifying the end time of voting.
  11. The viewers who use the Voting Mechanism understand and acknowledge that as per the Rules and Regulations, the maximum number of votes that he/she can cast, for their favourite Shortlisted Participants per episode, through One (1) login Id during the Voting Cycle, is limited to 1 vote per user/e-mail id per Shortlisted Participant.
  12. The votes sent after the first vote of any user and email ID, shall not be counted and will be considered null and void. Thus, for e.g., a viewer has sent 10 votes per episode, during the Voting Cycle, then the vote cast by the viewer vide his/her user and e-mail id after the 1st vote for that particular episode during that particular Voting Cycle will not be counted and would be considered null and void.
  13. The vote through any of the Voting Mechanism will be deemed to have been cast and received only when such vote reaches the server of the concerned telecom/ internet service provider and such vote as received by the telecom/mobile/internet operator shall be considered for the purpose of counting. Any unclear/incorrect/incomplete vote and/or absence of valid user and e-mail id, incomplete vote, shall be considered as an invalid vote and shall deem to be null and void.
  14. Neither Viacom18 nor the Channels shall be responsible in case of any kind of network problem, technical failure whatsoever and/or the data charges/costs charged by the network operator(s) and/or any other problems which may occur due to the failure of the Voting Mechanism or misuse of the Voting Mechanism inability to cast vote due to any other technical issue and/or any other reason whatsoever and/or any kind of problems in connection thereto. Any dispute in connection to the same shall be settled directly between the viewer/subscriber and the operator(s) without involving Viacom18 and/or the Channel in any manner and at anytime whatsoever.
  15. Neither Viacom18 nor the Channel shall be responsible for any unauthorized access to user data and/or for any compromise on private/confidential user related, or any other data, including but not limiting to user ids, email address, names, contact numbers and/ or any other user-related details.
  16. In case of any network failure, technical problem and/or for any reasons whatsoever, Viacom18 reserves the right to change the voting system/Voting Mechanism and/or cease from accepting votes of the viewers for any and/or all the episode(s) of the Program, or take such necessary steps as it may deem fit without any liability to any viewer/person/ party.
  17. Upon the viewers’ voting for the favourite Shortlisted Participant, the user and email id from which the Voter has voted during the Voting Cycle will get registered with the respective network provider(s) who will collate the total number of votes received for each Shortlisted Participants and send the same to Viacom18.
  18. For a particular Voting Cycle, the Voters can cast their votes only for those selective Shortlisted Participants, whose details have been provided/broadcasted during the telecast of the episode of the Program. Any votes sent by the viewers for the Participants/Shortlisted Participants who were not a part of that particular episode due to elimination or not shortlisted for any other reason whatsoever, will not be considered and shall be null and void.
  19. Viacom18 shall have the sole discretion to bring any eliminated Participant back in the Program as a wild card entry for participation in the further rounds of the Program and thereafter such wild card entry shall be subject to the voting pattern stated in this Rules and Regulations. In no event shall the Participant or the viewer(s) dispute the decision made by Viacom18 and/or the Channel in this regard.
  20. It is expressly stated that this is a Poll to enable the viewers to give them a chance to save their favourite Shortlisted Participant from getting eliminated in the Program. Therefore, there are no winners being declared or any prize(s) being distributed for participating in the Poll.
  21. The elimination of the Participant and/or the decisions made by judges of the Program, Viacom18 and/or the Channel shall be final and binding and in no event shall the viewer(s) dispute the decision made by the judges of the Program, Viacom18 and/or the Channel.
  22. The Voting Poll will begin at the time as mentioned above however Viacom18 shall have the sole right to modify the timings and commence the Voting Poll before or during the nomination announcement of Shortlisted Participants in the Program’s on-air episode
GENERAL RULES
  1. Viacom18 and/or the Channel reserve all rights to make any amendments to the existing Rules and Regulations of the Poll, and/or withdraw the Poll and/or, change the schedule of the episodes of the Program and/or, Shortlisted Participants of the Program and/or the Voting Mechanism and/or any other details of the Program etc., at any time, without any prior notice to the viewers. It shall be the sole responsibility of the viewers to check the Rules and Regulations of the Poll for the Program on the Website of Viacom18 and all the viewers shall be bound by any such amended Rules and Regulations.
  2. The viewer participating in the Poll agrees that he/she is 18 years of age or above as on the start date of the Voting Cycle.
  3. The viewers who vote in this Poll agree that he/she shall hold harmless the Channel, Viacom18 and its affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees, partners, representatives or any other person in relation to any injury/damage/harm/loss suffered by him/her, in any manner, whatsoever in connection with the Poll and shall also not file in person/ through any family member and/or third party any applications, criminal and/or civil proceedings in any courts or forum anywhere in the world against the Channel and/or Viacom18 and/or the producer and /or sponsor to claim any damages or reliefs’ and/or otherwise.
  4. The Channel and/or Viacom18 is in no manner whatsoever responsible and/or shall not be held liable in any manner whatsoever, for any injury, death, mental trauma caused to the Voter/s in any manner whatsoever, in connection to the Poll.
  5. Viacom18 and/or the Channel reserves the right to disregard the vote(s) in the event Viacom18 observes any irregularity in the voting pattern of the vote(s) sent by the viewer(s) and/or if Viacom18 in its knowledge has reason to believe that the viewer(s) has acted in a fraudulent manner and/or engaged in any deceitful activity in sending the said vote(s).
  6. Employees of and/or consultants of and/or persons hired on contract by the Channel, Viacom18 and the main sponsors of the Program, if any, and the members of their immediate family are ineligible for voting for the Program through this Poll.
  7. By the act of voting by the viewer(s) it is deemed that the Voter has checked, read and understood these Rules and Regulations and the Voter agrees to all the terms, Rules and Regulations stated herein and also agrees that he/she shall be bound by these Rules and Regulations and further shall hold harmless the Channel, Viacom18 and its affiliates, and their employees, officers or any other person in relation to any injury/damage/harm/loss suffered by him/her, in any manner, whatsoever in connection with the Program and/or otherwise and shall also not file in person and/or through any family member and/or third party any applications, criminal and/or civil proceedings in any courts or forum anywhere in the world against the Channel and/or Viacom18 to claim any costs, damages and/or relief’s and/or otherwise.
  8. All decisions made by Viacom18 and/or the Channel shall be final and binding on all the Voters and in no event shall the Voter dispute the decision made by Viacom18, Channel and/or its employees in connection to the same.
  9. The elimination of the Participant(s) / Shortlisted Participant(s) and/or the decision(s) made by the Channel and/or Viacom18 regarding the Program shall be final and binding on all the Voters and in no event shall the viewer(s) dispute the decision made by Viacom18, Channel and/or its employees in connection to the Program and/or otherwise.
  10. The terms of this Rules and Regulations shall be construed in accordance with the laws of India and in case of any dispute or any other matter arising in reference to the Poll shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts in Mumbai.
ANNEXURE – A VIEWERS OF COUNTRIES THAT CAN PARTICIPATE THROUGH INTERNET MECHANISM

Sr. no.

Country

1

Afghanistan

2

Algeria

3

Angola

4

Australia

5

Austria

6

Bahrain

7

Bangladesh

8

Belgium

9

Botswana

10

Bulgaria

11

Burundi

12

Canada

13

Chad

14

Channel Islands

15

Comoros

16

Congo

17

Croatia

18

Cyprus

19

Czech Republic

20

Democratic Republic of Congo

21

Denmark

22

Djibouti

23

Egypt

24

Estonia

25

Ethiopia

26

Finland

27

France

28

Germany

29

Greece

30

Hungary

31

Iceland

32

Indonesia

33

Iran

34

Iraq

35

Ireland

36

Isle of Man

37

Italy

38

Japan

39

Jordan

40

Kenya

41

Korea

42

Kuwait

43

Latvia

44

Lebanon

45

Leichtenstein

46

Libya

47

Lithuania

48

Luxembourg

49

Madagascar

50

Malawi

51

Malaysia

52

Maldives

53

Malta

54

Mauritania

55

Mauritius

56

Mayotte

57

Morocco

58

Mozambique

59

Myanmar

60

Namibia

61

Nepal

62

Netherlands

63

New Zealand

64

Nigeria

65

Norway

66

Oman

67

Fiji

68

Papua New Guinea

69

Solomon Island

70

Vanuatu

71

New Caledonia

72

Kiribati

73

Nauru

74

Marshall Islands

75

Samoa

76

Cook Island

77

Tokelau

78

Tuvalu

79

Tonga

80

Tahiti

81

Niue

82

Wallis & Futuna

83

American Samoa

84

Palestine

85

Poland

86

Portugal

87

Qatar

88

Republic of Ireland

89

Reunion

90

Romania

91

Rwanda

92

Saudi Arabia

93

Seychelles

94

Singapore

95

Slovakia

96

Slovenia

97

Somalia

98

South Africa

99

South Sudan

100

Spain

101

Sri Lanka

102

Sudan

103

Swaziland

104

Sweden

105

Switzerland

106

Syria

107

Tanzania

108

Thailand

109

Tunisia

110

UAE

111

Uganda

112

UK

113

USA

114

Yemen

115

Zambia

116

Zimbabwe

117

Israel

118

West Bank

119

Gaza

120

Ghana

121

Trindad & Tobago

122

Sierra Leone

123

Bahamas

124

Cayman island

125

Anguilla

126

Barbuda

127

British Virgin Island

128

St.Kitts

129

Turks and Caicos

130

Dominca