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To check mushroom growth of political parties, conditions for enlistment of a new political party with the ECP will include, in addition to the existing requirements, minimum two thousand members and Rs. 200,000 enlistment fee.
The ECP may, in consultation with political parties, frame a Code of Conduct for political parties , contesting candidates, election agents and polling agents. The Commission may also frame a Code of Conduct for security personnel, media and election observers.
A candidate may file an election petition directly with the Election Tribunal.
Return of election expenses shall be scrutinized by the ECP.
In case of failure to file the return of election expenses, the ECP may direct prosecution of the defaulting candidate for the offence of illegal practice.
District Monitoring Teams of the ECP shall monitor election expenses. ECP may impose fines in case of violation of the Act or the Rules.
If a candidate, not being the returned candidate, obtains less than one-fourth of the total votes polled in the constituency, the sum deposited by him or on his behalf shall stand forfeited in favour of the Government.
ECP shall prepare a gender disaggregated statement of voters showing the total number of votes cast by men and women voters at the polling station.
In case of equality of votes between two candidates, both will be declared returned candidates and each shall become Member for half of the term of the Assembly. The candidate who will be Member for the first half of the term will be determined by draw of lots. In case of equality of votes between three or more candidates, there shall be re-election in the constituency.
If the victory margin between the returned candidate and runner-up candidate is less than 5% of the total votes polled or 10,000 votes, whichever is less, the Returning Officer shall recount all the votes on the request of a contesting candidate before commencement of the consolidation of the results.