Law ministry

ECI proposal to the Ministry of Justice

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar has written a letter to the Justice Ministry proposing to limit a person to running in only one constituency at a time.

Currently, an eligible person can stand for election from two different seats or constituencies.

The move comes amid the polling panel that recently deregistered 284 defaulting and non-compliant Unrecognized Registered Political Parties (RUPPs), declaring over 253 of them.

In accordance with legal requirements under Section 29A of the RP Act, each political party must promptly notify the Commission of any change in name, registered office, officers, address and PAN.

Eighty-six RUPPs were found to be non-existent, either after physical verification by the respective Chief Electoral Officers of the states/UTs involved or based on the report of undelivered letters/notifications from the Postal Authority sent to the registered address of the RUPP concerned.

This decision against 253 non-compliant RUPPs was made based on reports received from Chief Electoral Officers of seven states namely Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
These 253 RUPPs were declared inactive, as they did not respond to the letter/notification given to them and did not contest any election either in the General Assembly of a State or in the legislative elections of 2014 and 2019 These RUPPs have failed to meet legal requirements for more than 16 compliance milestones since 2015.

In its letter written to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in September, the CEC also proposed to cap cash donations at 20% or Rs 20 crore, whichever is lower, sources told the ANI.

The sources said on Saturday that the Electoral Commission has proposed to increase anonymous political donations from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000 to clean up election funding from black money.

In the letter, the CEC recommended a series of amendments to the Representation of the People (PR) Law.

According to the proposal, political parties are not required to declare money received below Rs 2,000.

In accordance with the rules currently in force, political parties must disclose all donations above Rs 20,000 through their contribution report which is submitted to the ECI.

Earlier, the Income Tax Department conducted raids in several states as part of an India-wide investigation into tax evasion against certain Unrecognized Registered Political Parties (RUPPs) and their alleged questionable financial dealings.

The activities were taken by the department on a recent recommendation from the Election Commission which recently removed at least 198 entities from its RUPP list after they were found non-existent during a physical check.

The polling panel had announced that it was taking action against more than 2,100 entities, classified as RUPP by it, for flouting election rules and laws, including those related to the filing of monetary contributions, failing to put update their address and the names of the members of the office.