JD(U) can’t use its ‘arrow’ poll symbol to contest elections in Jharkhand, Maharashtra: Election Commission

The Election Commission has barred JD(U) from using its poll symbol arrow to contest elections in Jharkhand and Maharashtra owing to its similarity with the bow and arrow symbol used by JMM and Shiv Sena in the two states. The EC had earlier given concession to the Janata Dal (United) under a rule to contest polls in the two states using its symbol. But it has now withdrawn the concession after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha moved the poll panel, saying similarity in symbols could confuse voters. The JD(U), JMM and Shiv Sena are state parties of Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra respectively. Having considered all aspects of the matter, the Commission has directed that the JD(U) will not be granted concession under Paragraph 10 of the Symbols Order to use their reserved symbol arrow for contesting elections in the states of Jharkhand and Maharashtra henceforth, the EC order issued on August 16 said. In March this year, the EC had ordered that JMM and Shiv Sena cannot use their poll symbol in Bihar. The observation made in the order dated March 8, 2019 are equally applicable for the present case of JMM. The same principle would apply in Maharashtra where Shiv Sena Party has bow and arrow as reserved symbol.