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One Person, One Seat: Proposal from the Election Commission of India to the Ministry of Justice

Electoral Commission (CEC) Chairman Rajiv Kumar has written to the Justice Ministry proposing to limit one person to running in one constituency at a time.

Under the current scenario, an eligible person can run for office from two different seats or constituencies.

The move comes following the polling committee’s recent delisting of 284 Unrecognized Registered Political Parties (RUPPs) as defaulters and defaulters, of which over 253 were notified.

In accordance with the legal requirements of Article 29A of the RP Law, each political party immediately notifies the Commission of any change of name, registered office, head of office, address and PAN.

86 Unrecognized registered political parties found to be non-existent following physical verification by the relevant State/UT Chief Electoral Officer or based on reports of undelivered letters/notifications mailed to the registered address in the state.

The decision against 253 non-compliant RUPPs was made based on the seven states of Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, based on a report received by the Chief Electoral Officer.

These 253 RUPPs were declared inactive because they did not respond to letters/notifications sent to them and did not contest any state assemblies or assembly elections in 2014 and 2019. These RUPPs did not satisfy legal requirements for more than 16 compliance steps 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 20 crore, whichever is lower, sources told ANI.

The sources said on Saturday that the election commission proposed to lower anonymous political donations from 20,000 to 2,000 to clean up election funding from black money.

In the letter, the CVC proposed several changes to the Representation of the People Act. Under the proposal, political parties are not required to report cash received below 2,000. In accordance with current rules, political parties are required to disclose all of the above donations 20,000 through a donation report filed with the ECI.

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

These actions have been taken by the Department in accordance with the latest recommendations. The Electoral Commission recently removed at least 198 units from its RUPP list after they were found non-existent during the physical verification process.

The polling panel said it was taking action against more than 2,100 entities it classifies as RUPP for breaking election rules and laws, including those related to submitting cash contributions without updating their address and name of their office.

With contributions from ANI

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