The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered the delisting of 86 registered unrecognised political parties it found to be “non-existent” and declared 253 others “inactive”, it said in a statement.
The commission, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey, acted against the 253 parties based on reports by the Chief Electoral Officers of Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
“These 253 [parties] have been declared inactive, as they have not responded to the letter/notice delivered to them and have not contested a single election either to the General Assembly of a State or the Parliament Election 2014 and 2019,” the EC said. Among these were at least 14 from Tamil Nadu, 34 from U.P., 33 from Delhi, nine from Telangana and six from Karnataka.
The 86 parties that were deleted from the list of registered parties were found to be non-existent after a physical check by the CEOs or based on report of undelivered letters or notices, the EC said. The EC has taken action against 537 such parties since May 25.
The 253 parties declared inactive had not complied with the statutory requirements “of more than 16 compliance steps since 2015 and are continuing to default,” the EC said. Sixty six of the 253 parties had applied for a common symbol for its candidates, but did not contest the respective elections, the EC said.