Kirti Delhi, India 226 Questions 325 Answers 23 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Kirti Asked: June 15, 20212021-06-15T15:44:33+05:30 2021-06-15T15:44:33+05:30In: UPSC PRELIMS Who Allots Symbols to Political Parties? Who Allots Symbols to Political Parties? general Share Facebook 1 Answer Recent Ishu Innovative 370 Questions 228 Answers 176 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Best Answer Ishu Innovative 2021-06-15T15:50:30+05:30Added an answer on June 15, 2021 at 3:50 pm Symbols to Political Parties: Due to high illiteracy rates, India’s election commission historically has assigned visual symbols to political parties to help voters identify their candidate of choice. The symbols also help the several unrecognized parties and independent candidates differentiate themselves from one another and help voters identify the party of their choice. The Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) order, first promulgated in 1968, mandates the Election Commission to provide for “specification, reservation, choice and allotment of symbols at parliamentary and assembly elections, for the recognition of political parties”. As per the guidelines, to get a symbol allotted, a party/candidate has to provide a list of three symbols from the EC’s free symbols list at the time of filing nomination papers. Among them, one symbol is allotted to the party/candidate on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) (Amendment) Order, 2017, party symbols are either “reserved” or “free”. While eight national parties and 64 state parties across the country have “reserved” symbols, the Election Commission also has a pool of nearly 200 “free” symbols that are allotted to the thousands of unrecognised regional parties that pop up before elections. When a recognised political party splits, the Election Commission takes the decision on assigning the symbol. The ECI acts as a court for settling disputes related to granting of recognition to political parties and allotment of election symbols to them. 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Cancel the best answer Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer. Related Questions What is E-Waste? Describe Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT).