EC allows common symbol to 33 unrecognized parties

The EC allowed common poll symbol for candidates of 33 registered unrecognized political parties for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday
allowed common poll symbol for candidates of 33 registered
unrecognized political parties for Uttar Pradesh assembly
polls.

The Commission, while accepting the pleas of the 33
unrecognized parties under the relevant provisions of the
Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968,
decided to extend the concession sought by candidates of the
33 parties.

In an order issued late on Tuesday, the Commission
directed the Returning Officers of the assembly constituencies
to allot the common symbol to the candidates fielded by the 33
registered un-recognized political parties, subject to
fulfillment of the provisions of Para 13 of the Election
Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 relating to
setting up of candidates by the parties.

The Commission held the said common symbol allotted to
candidates of these parties is not allotted by oversight
to any other candidate in these constituencies.

However, it said the symbol would be available for
allotment as free symbol to other candidates in all other
constituencies and in the constituencies where the parties do
not actually field their candidates.

In the event of the parties failing to meet the
requirement of minimum number of candidates, as prescribed in
the Symbols Order, 1968, (ie 10 per cent of total number of
Assembly Constituencies), then the common symbol will not be
available to its candidates.

PTI

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