National and Regional Recognised Parties are equal defaulters in submitting expenditure statements for Assembly Elections
- ADR requests the Election Commission of India to suspend recognition of those parties who have repeatedly defaulted in submitting election expenditure statements for Assembly Elections
- National and Regional recognised parties, if unrecognized, would not be able to enjoy free airtime and subsidized bungalows among other such facilities
New Delhi: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) lauds the Election Commission of India (ECI) for its notice dated 16th June, 2015 suspending the recognition of National Peoples’ Party (NPP) for failing to submit its election expenditure report for Lok Sabha elections held in 2014, even after multiple reminders were sent by the ECI. This was a much needed step in order to improve not only financial transparency in political parties during elections but also accountability towards the public.
The election expenditure statements of political parties are required to be submitted 75 days after the completion of Assembly elections and 90 days from the date of completion of Lok Sabha elections. It is to be noted that NPP failed to submit its election expenditure statements to the ECI after repeated reminders while not all National and Regional parties submitted their expenditure statements within the specified time limit of 90 days.
Based on the information on the website of the ECI, ADR analysed availability of statements of election expenditure incurred by political parties during Assembly Elections held between 2011 and 2015. For a complete list of recognised parties which contested in the Assembly elections and the status of their submission with the ECI, as on date, kindly refer to the Annexure.
Availability of election expenditure statements of political parties with the Election Commission of India
- Among the National Parties, election expenditure statements of BJP and INC are not available for 5 Assembly elections held between 2011 and 2015 followed by CPI defaulting with its submission for 4 Assembly elections and CPI(M) in 1 Assembly election.
- The availability of election expenditure statements of Regional Parties is equally worrisome where the statements of JD(U) is unavailable for 15 Assembly Elections while that of LJP is unavailable for11 Assembly Elections and election expenditure statements of RSP and Shiv Sena are unavailable for 10 Assembly Elections held between 2011 and 2015.
Name of the party
No. of elections for which the expenditure statements are unavailable
Bharatiya Janata Party
Communist Party of India
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Indian National Congress
Nationalist Congress Party
Aam Aadmi Party
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
All India Forward Block
All India Trinamool Congress
All Jharkhand Students Union Party
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Indian National Lok Dal
Indian Union Muslim League
Janata Dal (Secular)
Janata Dal (United)
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha
Kerala Congress (Anri-merger Group)
Lok Janshakti Party
Mizoram People’s Conference
Muslim League Kerala State Committee
Naga People’s Front
National People’s Party
Pattali Makkal Katchi
Rashtriya Janata Dal
Rashtriya Lok Dal
Revolutionary Socialist Party
United Democratic Party
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (P)
Zoram Nationalist Party
Recommendations of ADR
While it is crucial for political parties to submit their expenditure statements for greater financial transparency, it is equally important to file the same within the time limit set by the ECI and endorsed by the Supreme Court of India. The National and Regional Parties should, ideally, lead by example by filing complete and correct statements of expenditure to the ECI well in time for public scrutiny so as to encourage financial transparency.
ADR requests the ECI to issue show-cause notices to those recognised parties which have defaulted in filing their election expenditure statements incurred during Assembly Elections held in the last 5 years.
For a detailed analysis of year-wise list of Assembly elections and status of political parties’ election expenditure submission, please refer to the attached report (English and Hindi versions attached)
For an earlier press release on reminders sent by the ECI to political parties defaulting on submission of election expenditure statements, please refer: http://goo.gl/NUAaKS
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