Both Uddhav and Shinde EC have frozen the bow and arrow symbol, one-seat one-contender proposal soon.

Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde

Uddhav and Shinde the ‘bow and arrow symbol’ has frozen for both the EC, a seat to be contested by a party as soon as the proposal is passed.

The poll body has asked both the parties to advise by October 10. Choose from three favorite names and many free symbols for their group.

The Election Commission (EC) has proposed to the Law Ministry to field only one candidate in one seat.

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The Election Commission of India on Saturday barred rival parties led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde from using the name ‘Shiv Sena’ and its party symbol ‘bow and arrow’ in the upcoming Andheri East Assembly by-election.

The poll body has granted an interim stay on the demands of the rival parties due to the organization’s control.
By October 10, they said they were offering three name choices and many more free symbols for their group.

Both parties will be known as their respective group names, linking to their parent party “Shiv Sena” if they wish, and both parties will also be given separate symbols that they can choose from. List of free symbols to be advertised by the Election Commission for the purpose of the current by-elections given by the EC,” the EC order said.

In a letter to the EC, Shinder alleged that the Thackeray-led Sena party was illegally trying to field candidates and claim symbols without getting the necessary support.

On the other hand, the EC is going to take another decision on electoral reforms. Only one candidate will be allowed to contest in one seat.

One of the electoral reforms proposed in the past, but, sources say, discussions on the proposal have picked up after the appointment of Rajiv Kumar as Chief Election Commissioner.

Sources said the proposal has been forwarded to the ministry and discussions are underway with both the commission and the government on the proposed electoral reforms. There is a possibility of a meeting in this regard soon.

According to the current electoral law, a candidate can contest a general election or a by-election or a biennial election from two different constituencies. If a person is elected from more than one seat, that person will be able to retain only one seat that he or she has won.

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