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  • 08 October, 2022

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Election Commission & Election Symbol

Election Commission & Election Symbol

The Shiv Sena factions led by current Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and former CM Uddhav Thackeray have recently been prohibited by the Electoral Commission from using the party's name and election symbol.


  • To maintain equality between the two antagonistic groups and to uphold their rights and interests, is being done.
  • to serve the current Bye-elections' intended purpose and to continue until the controversy in the matter has been finally resolved.
  • Now's Symbols: The two factions will each receive a different symbol from the list of available free symbols for the current bye-elections.

Election Symbols

  • The Elections Commission (EC) is given authority to recognize political parties and assign emblems under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, of 1968.
  • It can resolve disagreements between competing organizations or factions of a recognized political party asserting a claim to its name and emblem under Paragraph 15 of the Order.
  • The legal standing of clause 15: The EC is the only authority allowed to make decisions on a dispute or merger under Paragraph 15.
  • In the case of Sadiq Ali and others v. ECI in 1971, the Supreme Court recognized the law's constitutionality.

Symbolic Forms:

  • The Party symbol must be one of the following, as per the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) (Amendment) Order, 2017:
  • Reserved: In the nation, there are "reserved" symbols for eight national parties and 64 state parties.
  • Free: The Election Commission also maintains a pool of about 200 "free" symbols that are distributed to the thousands of regional parties that are not officially recognized but emerge before to elections.

Political parties' symbology allocation:

According to the rules, to receive a symbol:

  • When submitting nomination papers, a party or candidate must list three symbols from the EC's list of free symbols.
  • One of these is given to the party or candidate first on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Election Commission selects the symbol when a recognized political party splits.

Read Also: Election Commission of India- Its Constitutional mandate and its powers

Source: The Indian Express

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