The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 16 June 2015 suspended the recognition of National People's Party (NPP) as a state party in Meghalaya. The NPP is headed by former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma.
The decision was taken in lieu of its failure in filing the election expenditure statement related to 2014 Lok Sabha general elections within the prescribed limit of 90 days.
The ECI took this decision under the powers vested in it as per the 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968. It states that the commission can suspend or withdraw recognition of a recognised political party, either national or state, for its failure to observe Model Code of Conduct or follow lawful directions and instructions of the commission.
It is the first case that recognition of a party has been suspended by the commission under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 for its failure to follow the lawful directions of the commission.
Earlier, the ECI issued two reminders and most recently it issued a show cause notice in March 2015 to NPP in pursuance of the Supreme Court of India’s judgment in the case of Common Cause Vs Union of India and others. The judgment directed all political parties, to file their election expenditure statement within 75 days of assembly elections and 90 days of Lok Sabha elections.
Since elections to 2014 Lok Sabha were completed on 28 May 2014, the political parties were required to submit their election expenditure statements for these polls by 26 August 2014.
NPP is a member of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and has one member (PA Sangma for Tura in Meghalaya) in the Lok Sabha, 4 members in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and 2 members in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. It was founded in January 2013.
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When: 16 June 2015