In a separate development, the EC has issued a notification, dated 16 March, according to which the photographs of election candidates should be printed on ballot papers, postal ballot papers and electronic voting machines for elections after 1 May. Photo: Mint
In a separate development, the EC has issued a notification, dated 16 March, according to which the photographs of election candidates should be printed on ballot papers, postal ballot papers and electronic voting machines for elections after 1 May. Photo: Mint

Six political parties get EC notice over poll expenditure

Notice has been sent to AAP, Haryana Janhit Congress, JMM, Kerala Congress (M), National People's Party and People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi: Threatening de-recognition, the Election Commission (EC) has sent show cause notices to six political parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party, saying they had failed to file expenditure statements for the general election held last year.

The others are Haryana Janhit Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Kerala Congress (M), National People’s Party and People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh.

The order, dated Tuesday, comes after two reminders by the poll panel in October and November. Invoking section 16(A) of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, the EC has given the parties 20 days to respond. This section mandates EC “to suspend or withdraw recognition" for any violation.

All parties which contest Lok Sabha polls are to file expenditure statements within three months.

In a separate development, the EC has issued a notification, dated 16 March, according to which the photographs of election candidates should be printed on ballot papers, postal ballot papers and electronic voting machines for elections after 1 May.

“The commission has noted there are many cases where candidates with same or similar names contest from the same constituency. Although appropriate suffixes are added to the names of candidates in the event of two or more candidates having the same name, the commission considers additional measures are required to remove confusion in the minds of electors at the time of voting," the EC said, adding, “Non-submission of the photograph by the candidate should not be a ground for rejection of the nomination of the candidate."

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