The Election Commission of India (ECI) has introduced stricter norms for the allotment of symbols to Registered Unrecognized Political Parties (RUPPs), particularly in the context of the upcoming 2024 Parliamentary elections. These revisions aim to streamline the symbol allocation process, emphasizing transparency and fairness. The new criteria require RUPPs to submit their contribution reports, audited annual accounts for the past three financial years, and election expenditure statements for their last two contested elections. Additionally, RUPPs, including newly registered parties or those that haven’t attained specific vote percentages, need to adhere to these regulations to qualify for common symbol allotment. The ECI’s move ensures a more structured process for election participation, while also holding parties accountable for compliance with established norms.