Monday, February 14, 2011

National Election Watch- Press release: A Comprehensive Bill to regulate working of political parties discussed at the conference along with ICAI guidelines for IT returns of political parties [5 Attachments]

Dear Friends,

Thanks again to those of you who came in large numbers to the conference at Chennai. More than 1000 people attended the conference in the two days.

Here are the highlights of the 7th National Conference on Electoral and Political reforms held by ADR and National Election Watch, of which 5th Pillar is a constituent organization apart from several other NGOs.
  • A comprehensive draft bill on regulation of political parties being drafted under the guidance of former Chief Justice of India, Mr Venkatachaliah introduced in the conference
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI) guidelines on income tax returns presented to the political parties
  • Representatives of DMK, AIADMK, INC, MDMK, PMK and other parties give broad support to these initiatives
  • The following resolutions passed at the 7th National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms
    1. The NGOs and civil society organizations resolved to work in a non-partisan, ethical and transparent manner.

    2. They endorsed the need for a comprehensive Bill on Reform of Political parties

    3. They endorsed the 27 recommendations prepared by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on electoral and political reform.

    4. They recognized the emerging threat of control of the State and Government by money power and strongly opposed it.

Please find attached the following documents along with the press release:
1. The document sent by NEW and ADR to Law Ministry and ECI with 27 recommendations.  
2. Background paper on "Need for a comprehensive Law to regulate functioning of Political Parties"
3. The draft of Political Parties (registration and regulation of Affairs, etc) Act, 2011, drafted under the guidance of former CJI Mr Venkatachaliah
4. Recommendations of the ICAI on reporting framework of Political Parties

The other documents distributed at the conference are on our website:

5 of 5 File(s)


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