RoPA

Electoral Bonds: Meaning, Functions, Issues and Analysis

February 23, 2017

Towards bringing reforms in political funding system, the budget has not only proposed bring down anonymous funding to a cap of Rs 2000, but also has come up with the idea of electoral bonds as a means of receiving donations by political parties. The reform is brought...

Anonymous Funding of Political Parties

February 22, 2017

In his budget speech on February 2, 2017 the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to bring down the amount of anonymous contributions by individuals to political parties from Rs. 20,000 to Rs 2,000. This proposal was made following a recommendation by the Election Commission calling for transparency...

Religion and Electoral Politics: Recent SC Judgement

January 12, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the Supreme Court has ruled that “religion, race, caste, community or language would not be allowed to play any role in the electoral process” and that election of a candidate would be declared null and void if an appeal is made to seek...

Election finance reforms in India

March 27, 2016

Major issues concerned with the Election finance reforms include – Limits on political contributions and party and candidate expenditure; disclosure norms and requirements; and State funding of elections.  These issues are governed by RoPA, the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961; Companies Act, 2013; Income Tax Act, 1961; Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act etc. Existing regulations Limits...

Representations of Peoples Acts (RoPA), 1950 and 1951: Key Features

March 26, 2016

Parliament of India had enacted two acts viz. Representations of Peoples Acts (RoPA), 1950 and RoPA, 1951 to provide a detailed framework around free and fair elections in the country. The 1950 law makes provisions for allocation of seats in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies, Delimitation of Constituencies,...

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