Captain Amarinder Singh has filed an application with the Election Commission to register his new political party, the Punjab Lok Congress Party, under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
So, what's next:
Any party seeking registration with the Election Commission must file an application within 30 days of its inception, according to the Election Commission.
This is in accordance with the Commission's instructions issued in the exercise of the powers granted on it by Article 324 of the Constitution and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Political parties must be registered:
The provisions of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 govern the registration of political parties.
A party seeking registration with the Election Commission under the provisions of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, must submit an application to the Commission within the time period specified after its formation, following the guidelines prescribed by the Election Commission of India in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 324 of the Commission of India and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
The applicant is required to publish the proposed name of the party in two national newspapers and two local dailies, according to the existing criteria.
It shall also allow two days for any objections to the proposed registration of the party to be filed with the Commission within 30 days of its publication.
The notice of publication is also available on the Election Commission's website.
To be eligible for a 'National Political Party of India' membership, a political party must meet the following criteria:
At a general election for the House of the People or the State Legislative Assembly, it receives at least 6% of the valid votes cast in any four or more states.
Furthermore, it must gain at least four seats in the House of People from any State or States.
It gets at least 2% of the seats in the House of People (11 seats out of a total of 543 seats), and these members are elected from at least three distinct states.
To be considered for a 'State Political Party,' a political party must meet the following criteria:
It obtains at least 6% of the legitimate votes cast in a general election in the State, either for the House of the People or the State's Legislative Assembly.
Furthermore, it was elected to at least two seats in the State's Legislative Assembly.
It must win at least 3% (3%) of the total number of members in the State's Legislative Assembly, or three seats in the Assembly, whichever is greater.
If a party is recognised as a 'State Party,' it is entitled to exclusive allotment of its reserved symbol to candidates it creates in the State in which it is recognised, and if a party is recognised as a 'National Party,' it is entitled to exclusive allotment of its reserved symbol to candidates it creates across India.
Recognized 'State' and 'National' parties require only one proposer to file a nomination and are entitled to two sets of electoral rolls free of charge at the time of roll revision, as well as one copy of the electoral roll free of charge during General Elections.
During general elections, they also have access to broadcast/telecast services via Akashvani/Doordarshan.
Star campaigners' travel expenses are not to be included in the election expense records of their party's candidates.
Political parties must be registered.
Political Parties That Are Recognized vs. Parties That Aren't Recognized
Parties from the state vs. national level.
Political parties with a track record of success are eligible for benefits.