Registered Unrecognised Political Party


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Recently, it has been noticed that less than a third of Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPP) are contesting elections in India.

About Registered Unrecognised Political Party:

  • These are the parties which are 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.
  • Allocation of symbols to RUPP: Common 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”.
    • Election commission of India made it mandatory for RUPPs to furnish audited accounts of last three financial years, expenditure statements of last two elections.
    • The EC receives the applications from RUPPs in prescribed proforma for allotment of symbol under Provisions of Para 10B of the Election Symbols (Reservation & Allotment) Order, 1968.

What are registered parties?

  • The Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (RP Act) lays down the requirements for registration of a political party with the ECI.
  • Any political party that seeks registration should submit a copy of its memorandum/constitution.
    • Such document should declare that the party shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India. It should also bear allegiance to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy, and uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.
  • Benefits
    • Tax exemption for donations received under Section 13A of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
    • Common symbol for contesting general elections to the Lok Sabha/State Assemblies, and
    • Twenty ‘star campaigners’ during the election campaign.

Q1: What is Delimitation?

Demlimitation means the act or process of fixing limits or boundaries of territorial constituencies in a country or a province having a legislative body. The Delimitation Commission is a high-power body that takes up the function of the delimitation of the territorial constituencies in India.

Source: Can parties be de-recognised or de-registered? | Explained