Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma today said there are more than 1,600 registered parties in the country of which only less than 200 participate in the electoral process.
He said they are thinking of taking some serious action against those who have not contested a minimum of 2-3 state assembly elections and one parliamentary election.
"We are not able to enforce it. But if there is a pressure from the people on them (elected representatives), I think this kind of bogus registration of political parties for doing other than the real political activity can be curbed. But state funding or no funding is not the issue here," Brahma said.
He said that upon registration, political parties get a number of benefits from the state including financial exemption in income tax.
Political parties can always say that they contested but not won he said adding that "there are instances where they never participate even in municipal or panchayat election which is very unfortunate".