Six political parties, including Aam Aadmi Party, have been issued showcause notices as to why their recognition should not be cancelled for their failure to file their expenditure statements for last Lok Sabha polls. The other parties which have been sent notices are Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Kerala Congress (M), National People’s Party and People’s party of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Your representation in writing, giving detailed reasons for the default should reach the office of the Commission within 20 days from the date of receipt of this notice,” the EC has told these six parties.
The EC has invoked the provisions of section 16(A) of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order which empower it to suspend or withdraw recognition of a recognised political party for violation of set norms. These notices were issued after two of its earlier reminders to these parties went unanswered.
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Now, candidate photo on ballot
IN a bid to remove “confusion in the mind of electors” during voting in constituencies where candidates have similar names, EC has decided to carry photos of candidates on the ballot paper and the ballot unit of Electronic Voting Machines. In a direction to all Chief Electoral Officers, EC has said that for elections held from May 1, 2015 onwards, ballot papers, postal ballot papers and ballot papers displayed on EVMs will also carry candidates’ photos. ENS