The Election Commission has annulled the registration of 41 political parties. The registration was revoked after the parties failed to present their audit report for three consecutive years.

Today's meet of the commission decided that the names, flags and symbols of political parties, whose registration has been cancelled, will not be allowed to be used by any other party for a year, said EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha.

After the registration of 41 parties was revoked saying that the order would come into effect from tomorrow, only 95 parties remain registered with the commission.

Registered political parties are required to keep an account of their income and expenditure and submit audit of their income and expenditure to the commission within six months after the end of the financial year.

EC can revoke the registration of a party if a party commits an offence more than once or does not comply with the given order within one year or does not pay the prescribed fine.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 4 2021, of The Himalayan Times.