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Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951

Topics Covered:

  1. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.


Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951

 What to study?

For Prelims:

  • Features of the Section 29A..

For Mains:

  • Significance of the Section 29A and its impact on the political parties
  • Power of Election commission under the constitution(especially Article 324) and under Representation of People Acts.


Context: Commission has given one time relaxation for the new parties to register under section 29A and has reduced the notice period from 30 days to 7 days for the parties, who have published their public notice by 10th March, 2019 i.e. date of announcement of election.

Features of the Section 29A

  • A party seeking registration under the said Section with the Election Commission has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation as per guidelines prescribed by the Election Commission of India.
  • Election Commission here exercise the powers conferred by Article 324 of the Commission of India and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
  • As per existing guidelines, the applicant association is inter-alia asked to publish proposed Name of the party in two national daily news papers and two local daily newspapers, on two days in same news papers, for inviting objections, if any, with regard to the proposed registration of the party before the Commission within 30 days from such publication.
  • The commission has reduced this time period of 30 days to 7 days in view of Lok Sabha election in few states.

Source: PIB


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