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Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: TH

 Context: The Election Commission of India has introduced new rules for the allocation of symbols to Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs).

 

What are RUPPs?

RUPPs, or Registered Unrecognised Political Parties, include newly registered parties, those not meeting the vote percentage for state party status, or those never contesting elections post-registration.

Only 30% of RUPPs participated in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.  They are governed by the Representation of the People Act (RPA) of 1951Common symbols are provided to RUPPs based upon an undertaking that they would put up “at least 5% of total candidates with regard to said Legislative Assembly election of a State”.

 

What are the new rules?

Under new rules effective from January 11, 2024, Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs) must provide audited accounts of the last three financial years, expenditure statements of the last two elections, and the authorized office-bearer’s signature for symbol allocation. Once these details are furnished, RUPPs become eligible for the concession of common symbol allotment, allocated as per the Election Symbols (Reservation & Allotment) Order, 1968.