Bihar Assembly Election 2020: EC relaxes timeline for registration of parties in view of Covid-19 restrictions

As per the existing ECI guidelines, a party seeking registration has to submit an application to the Commission within 30 days following the date of its formation.

10 Oct 2020 |  38

Ahead of Bihar polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday announced reduction in the notice period for registration of political parties in Bihar from 30 days to 7 days, keeping in view of the prevailing restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic. As per the existing ECI guidelines, a party seeking registration has to submit an application to the Commission within 30 days following the date of its formation. “It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that in view of prevailing restrictions on account of Covid-19, there was dislocation and delay in moving applications for registration, which in turn led to delay in registration as a political party,” the EC said in a statement. “After considering all aspects, the Commission has given a relaxation and has reduced the notice period from 30 days to 7 days for the parties that have published their public notice on or before October 7. For all parties, including of those parties which have already published the Public Notice in less than 7 days prior to October 7 objection, if any, can be submitted latest by 5.30 PM on October 10 or by the end of the originally provided 30 days period, whichever is earlier,” it added.

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