Section 29A Registration with the Election Commission of associations and
bodies as political parties - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the procedure for Registration with the Election Commission of
associations and bodies as political parties? Section 29A of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 29A : Registration with the Election Commission of associations and
bodies as political parties
(1) Any association or body of individual citizens of India calling itself a
political party and intending to avail itself of the provisions of this Part
shall make an application to the Election Commission for its registration as a
political party for the purposes of this Act.
(2) Every such application shall be made,-
(a) if the association or body is in existence at the commencement of the
Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1988 (1 of 1989), within sixty
days next following such commencement;
(b) if the association or body is formed after such commencement, within
thirty days next following the date of its formation.
(3) Every application under sub-section (1) shall be signed by the chief
executive officer of the association or body (whether such chief executive
officer is known as Secretary or by any other designation) and presented to the
the Commission or sent to such Secretary by registered post.
(4) Every such application shall contain the following particulars, namely:-
(a) the name of the association or body;
(b) the State in which its head office is situate;
(c) the address to which letters and other communications meant for it should
(d) the names of its president, secretary, treasurer and other
(e) the numerical strength of its members, and if there are categories of its
members, the numerical strength in each category;
(f) whether it has any local units; if so, at what levels;
(g) whether it is represented by any member or members in either House of
Parliament or of any State Legislature; if so, the number of such member or
(5) The application under sub-section (1) shall be accompanied by a copy of
the memorandum or rules and regulations of the association or body, by whatever
name called, and such memorandum or rules and regulations shall contain a
specific provision that the association or body shall bear true faith and
allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, and to the
principles of socialism, secularism and democracy, and would uphold the
sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.
(6) The Commission may call for such other particulars as it may deem fit
from the association or body.
(7) After considering all the particulars as aforesaid in its possession and
any other necessary and relevant factors and after giving the representatives of
the association or body reasonable opportunity of being heard, the Commission
shall decide either to register the association or body as a political party for
the purposes of this Part, or not so to register it;
and the Commission shall communicate its decision to the association or body:
Provided that no association or body shall be registered as a political party
under this sub-section unless the memorandum or rules and regulations of such
association or body conform to the provisions of sub-section (5).
(8) The decision of the Commission shall be final.
(9) After an association or body has been registered as a political party as
aforesaid, any change in its name, head office, office-bearers, address or in
any other material matters shall be communicated to the Commission without