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EC LAUNCHES INLINE TRACKING SYSTEM FOR POLITICAL PARTIES

Why in News?

  • The Election Commission has launched a new online tracking system for political parties, which will allow them to track their registration applications submitted to the poll panel on a real-time basis.
  • The new system, Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS), will apply for parties registering from January 1, 2020.

What is it?

  • The Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System will enable tracking of the status of the application by applicants.
  • The applicant has to provide a relevant contact number and email address in the application to track its progress. The status update will be sent via text message and email.

Relevant law for political party registration?

  • The registration of political parties is governed under the provisions of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Under the act, a party is eligible to get registered as “National Political Party of India” only if it satisfies following criteria:

  • The party should secure at least 6% of votes in four or more states at an election to assembly or parliament
  • Also, the party should win at least four seats in House of People
  • A party is eligible to get registered as “State Political Party” if it satisfies the following criteria
  • The party should win 6% of votes polled in state elections it should win at least 2 seats in legislative assembly of the state.



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