What are recognised political parties?

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(i) National parties are some countrywide parties and almost follow similar policies and programmes at the national level.

(ii) Every party in the country has to register with the Election Commission. The Commission offers some special facilities to the large and established parties. These parties are given unique symbol-only the official candidates of that party can use that election symbol.

(iii) Parties that get this privilege and some other special facilities are 'recognised' by the Election Commission for this purpose. That is why these parties are called 'Recognised Political Parties'.

(iv) The Election Commission has laid down detailed criteria of the proportion of votes and seats that a party must get in order to be a recognised party.


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