A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to direct the Government to make electoral offences cognizable with a minimum punishment of two years in jail. Section 171E IPC), undue influence (Section 171F IPC), impersonation (Section 171F IPC), false statement (Section 171G IPC), illegal payments (Section 171H IPC) and non-filing of accounts (Section 171-I IPC). Presently, all these offences are non-cognizable with the punishment of one year in prison, or fine, or both. bribery not only in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections but also in by-elections. “In 1992, the Election Commission proposed that punishments for these offences be enhanced to two years, and these offences be made cognizable. Since 1992, it has reiterated the proposals many times, but the successive governments did nothing to implement them.” Mr. Upadhyay said.