New Delhi: The Election Commission of India said in a Press communication that it has reviewed the system and process of registration of political parties. The new guidelines will be effective from 1 January 2020. Accordingly the ‘Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System’ (PPRTMS) will be implemented through an online portal, to facilitate the tracking of status of applications.
The Commission said the salient feature in the Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System is that applicants applying for party registration from January onwards will be able to track the progress of their application, and will get status updates through SMS and email.
The applicant is required to provide a mobile contact number and email address of the party or applicant in his application if he or she wishes to track the progress of the application. The new guidelines have been hosted on the Commission’s website.
The Registration of Political Parties is governed by the provisions of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. A party seeking registration under the said section with the Commission has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation, in prescribed format with basic particulars about the party such as name, address, membership details of various units, and names of office bearers, as required under sub-section (4) of the said section, and such other particulars that the Commission has specified under sub-section (6) of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, as mentioned in the Guidelines for registration.