New Delhi, November 13 (Language) The Election Commission has asked all the parties receiving any kind of donation through electoral bonds to submit the details of such donations received by them since the launch of this scheme by November 15.
The Commission took this step after the Supreme Court on November 2 directed it to submit in a sealed cover the latest data of money received by political parties through electoral bonds till September 30, 2023.
In a letter written to the heads of all political parties on November 3, the Commission has asked them to submit detailed information of the donor, the amount of each such bond and other information along with each bond.
The Election Commission’s letter said that such information should be sent to the Secretary of the Department of Election Expenditure in a double sealed envelope, with all the information in one sealed envelope and the first envelope in the other sealed envelope.
The Commission said that the sealed envelopes should reach it by the evening of November 15. He also said that ‘Confidential-Electoral Bond’ should be clearly written on the envelopes.
The top court had said in its order on November 2, “This exercise will be completed on or before November 19, 2023.” The information will be handed over to the Registrar (Judicial) of this court in a sealed cover.
The government had notified the Electoral Bond Scheme on January 2, 2018, which was introduced as an alternative to cash donations to political parties in efforts to bring transparency in election financing.
Language Vaibhav Dilip