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ECI continues to nudge Registered Unrecognized Political Parties (RUPPs) for ensuring due regulatory compliance

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Syllabus: Functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies.

 

Context:

  • The Election Commission of India issued an order to nudge the Registered Unrecognized Political Parties (RUPPs) for ensuring due compliance.
  • Chief Electoral Officers were directed to initiate action for enforcing due compliances by RUPPs for relevant sections 29A and 29C of the RP Act 1951.

 

Registered Unrecognized Political Parties:

  • Either newly registered parties or those which have not secured enough percentage of votes in the assembly or general elections to become a state party, or those which have never contested elections since being registered are considered unrecognized parties.
  • They do not enjoy all the benefits extended to the recognised parties.

 

Recognised Political Party:

National partyState party
Secure at least 6% of the valid vote in an Assembly or a Lok Sabha General Election in any four or more states and won at least 4 seats in a Lok Sabha General Election from any State or StatesSecure at least 6% of the valid vote & win at least 2 seats in an Assembly General Election
Win at least 2% of the total Lok Sabha seats in a Lok Sabha General Election and these seats have to be won from at least 3 statesSecure at least 6% of the valid vote & win at least 1 seat in a Lok Sabha General Election
The party is recognized as a State Party in at least four statesWin at least 3% of the seats or at least 3 seats, whichever is more, in an Assembly General Election
 Win at least 1 out of every 25 seats from a state in a Lok Sabha General Election
 Secure at least 8% of the total valid vote in an Assembly or a Lok Sabha General Election

 

The recognition granted by the Commission to the parties determines their right to certain privileges like allocation of the party symbols, provision of time for political broadcasts on the state-owned television and radio stations and access to electoral rolls.

 

Insta Links:

To read about RPA 1951: click here

To read about the Election Commission of India: click here

 

Practice Questions

Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. To get recognised as a state political party, it should win at least 3% of the seats or at least 3 seats, whichever is more, in an assembly in the General Election.
  2. Unrecognized Political parties enjoy all the benefits extended to the recognised parties.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (b)

 

Q. Discuss the procedure of recognition of political parties in India (10M)

Source: PIB