SEC revokes registration of 220 political parties 

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The State Election Commission (SEC) has cancelled the registration of 220 political parties over not filing financial details and IT returns to the SEC. 

Mumbai: The State Election Commission (SEC) has cancelled the registration of 220 political parties over not filing financial details and IT returns to the SEC. 

This registration will be cancelled permanently, informed sources from the Election Commission. 

Political parties were registered with SEC from 2004. At present, there are 252 political parties registered with the SEC of which, 6 are national, 2 are state parties and seven are from other states. Others are only registered parties with the SEC. 

All registered political parties have to submit information of their financial records (Audit Report) and Income Tax return to the SEC. As per information, these political parties have not submitted their records to the SEC for last few years. Hence, the registration of these parties has been cancelled. 

The SEC has issued notices to 346 parties in four phases. The SEC had issued notices to 19 political parties in the first phase, where only three parties submitted the records. Six parties mentioned wrong addresses while registering their parties, so they didn’t get the notices. As a result, they failed to respond to the notice, while four parties sought four months to submit the information. 

During the process, the cancellation notice was issued to 256 political parties and also given a period of six months for complying to it. Only 36 political parties responded and submitted documents to the SEC. 

Hence, the SEC cancelled registration of 220 political parties. 

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