The Representation of the People Act, 1951

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Section 1. Shot-title

(43 OF 1951)

[17th July, 1951]

An Act to provide for the conduct of elections to the Houses of Parliament and to the House or Houses of the Legislature of each State, the qualifications and disqualifications for membership of those Houses, the corrupt 1[***] practices and other offences at or in connection with such elections and the decision of doubts and disputes arising out of or in connection with such elections.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows:-

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1. The words “and illegal” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 2.

This Act may be called the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Section 2. Interpretation

(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) Each of the expressions defined in section 2 or sub-section (1) of section 27 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950), but not defined in this Act, shall have the same meaning its in the Act;

(b) “Appropriate authority” means, in relation to an election to the House of the People or the Council of States 1[***], the Central Government, and in relation to an election to the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council of a State, the State Government;

2[(bb) “Chief electoral officer” means the officer appointed under section 13A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950);]

(c) “Corrupt practice” means any of the practices specified in section 123 3[***];

4[(cc) “District election officer” means the officer designated or nominated under section 13AA of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950);]

(d) “Election” means an election to fill a seat or seats in either House of’ Parliament o in the House or either house of the Legislature of a State other than the State of Jammu and Kashmir 5[***];

6[(e) “Elector” in relation to a constituency means a person whose name is entered in the electoral roll of that constituency for the time being in force and who is not subject to any of the disqualifications mentioned in section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950);]

7[(f) “Political party” means an association or a body of individual citizens of India registered with the Election Commission as a political party under section 29A;]

(g) “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

8[(h) “Public holiday” means any day which is a public holiday for the purposes of section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881);]

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11[(i)] “Sign” in relation to a person who is unable to write his name means authenticate in such Banner as may be prescribed.

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(2) For the purposes of this Act, 14[***] a Parliamentary constituency, an Assembly constituency, a Council constituency, a local authorities’ constituency, a graduates’ constituency and a teachers’ constituency shall each be treated as a constituency of a different class.

(3) Any requirement under this Act that a notification, order, rule, declaration, notice or list issued or made by any authority shall be published in the Official Gazette, shall, unless otherwise expressly provided in this Act, be construed as a requirement that the notification, order, rule, declaration, notice or list shall-

(a) Where it is issued or made by the Central Government, be published in the Gazette of India;

(b) Where it is issued or made by a State Government, be published in the Official Gazette of the State; and

(c) Where it is issued or made by any other authority, be published in the Gazette of India if it relates to an election to, or membership of, either House of Parliament 14[***] and in the Official Gazette of the State if it relates to an election to, or membership of, the House or either House of the Legislature of a State.

(4) Where under any of the provisions of this Act, anything is to be prescribed, different provisions may be made for different cases or classes of cases.

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16[(5) Any reference in this Act to a law which is not in force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall, in relation to that State, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law, if any, in force in that State.]

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1 Certain words omitted by Act 103 of 1956, sec. 66.

2. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3.

3. The words and figures “or section 124” omitted by, sec. 3.

4. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

5. Certain words omitted by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 14.

6. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3, for clause (e).

7. Clause (f) which was omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3 and ins. by Act 1 of 1989, see. 3 (w.e.f. 15-6-1989).

8. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

9. Clauses (h) and (i) omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3.

10. Clause (i) re-lettered as clause (h) by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3 and omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

11. Clauses (k) and (i) re-lettered as clauses (i) and (k) by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3.

12. Clause (j) ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3 and omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

13. Clause (k) omitted by Act 47 of 1066, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966

14. Certain words omitted by Act 103 of 1956, sec. 66.

15. Subsections (5) and (7) omitted and subsection (6) renumbered as sub-section (5) by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 3.

16. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 15, for sub-section (5).

Section 3. Qualification for membership of the Council of States

PART II

1[QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS]

Chapter I-Qualifications for Membership of Parliament

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 16, for the previous heading (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

1[3. Qualification for membership of the Council of States

A person shall not be qualified to be chosen as a representative of any State 2[***] or Union territory in the Council of States unless he is an elector for a Parliamentary constituency in that State or territory.]

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1. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for section 3.

2. The words and brackets “other than the State of Jammu and Kashmir” omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 17 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 4. Qualifications for membership of the House of the People

A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a scat in the House of the People 1[***]. unless-

(a) In the case of a seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes in any State, he is a member of any of the Scheduled Castes, whether of that State or of any other State, and is an elector for any Parliamentary constituency;

(b) In the case of a scat reserved for the Scheduled Tribes in any State (other than those in the autonomous districts of Assam), lie is a member of any of the Scheduled Tribes, whether of the State or of any other State (excluding the tribal areas of Assam), and is an elector for any Parliamentary constituency;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for the Scheduled Tribes in the autonomous districts of Assam, he is a member of any of those Scheduled Tribes and is an elector for the Parliamentary constituency in which such seat is reserved or for any other Parliamentary constituency comprising any such autonomous district; 2[***]

3[(cc) In the case of the seat reserved for the Scheduled Tribes in the Union territory of 4[Lakshadweep], he is a member of any of those Scheduled Tribes and is all elector for the Parliamentary constituency of that Union territory; 5[***]

6[(ccc) In the case of the seat, allotted to the State of Sikkim, he is an elector for the Parliamentary constituency for Sikkim;]

(d) In the case of any other seat, he is all elector for any Parliamentary constituency.

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1. Certain words omitted by Act 29 of 1975, sec. 12 (w.e.f. 15-8-1975).

2. The word “and” omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 18 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

3. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 18. (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)-

4. Subs. by the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands (Alteration of Name) Adaptation of Laws Order, 1974 (w.e.f. 1-11-1973).

5. The word “and” omitted by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 9-9-1975).

6. Ins. by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 9-9-1975).

Section 5. Qualifications for membership of a Legislative Assembly

A person shall not be qualified to be chosen lo fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of a State unless-

(a) In the case of a seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes or for the Scheduled Tribes of that State, he is i member of any of those castes or of those tribes, as the case may be, and is all elector for any Assembly constituency in that State;

(b) In the case of a seat reserved for all autonomous district of Assam, 1[***] he is member of a 2[Scheduled Tribe of any autonomous districts] and is all elector for the Assembly constituency in which such scat or any other scat is reserved for that district; and

(c) In the case of any other seat, lie is all elector for any Assembly constituency in that State:

3[Provided that for the period referred to in clause (2) of article 371A, a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill any scat allocated to the Tuensang district in the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland unless lie is a member of the regional council referred to in that article.]

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1. Certain words omitted by the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1974 (w.e.f. 21-1-1972).

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 19, for “Scheduled Tribe of that district” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

3. Ins. by Act 27 of 1962, sec. 11

Section 5 A. Qualification for membership of Legislative Assembly of Sikkim

1[Qualification for membership of Legislative Assembly of Sikkim. 2[(1)] Notwithstanding anything contained in section 5, a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim (deemed to be the Legislative Assembly of that State duly constituted under the Constitution) unless-

(a) In the case of a scat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lcpcha origin, he is a person either of Bhutia or Lepcha origin and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State other than the constituency reserved for the Sanghas;

(b) In the case of a scat reserved for Sikkimese of Nepali origin, he is a person of Nepali origin and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Scheduled Castes, he is a member of any of the castes specified in the Representation of Sikkim Subjects Act, 1974 and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State; and

(d) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, he is an elector of the Sangha constituency.]

3[(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 5, a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a scat in the Legislative Assembly of the State of Sikkim, to be constituted at any time after the commencement of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1980 (8 of 1980), unless-

(a) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lepcha origin, he is a person either of Bhutia or Lepcha origin and is and elector for any Assembly constituency in the State other than the constituency reserved for the Sanghas;

(b) In the case of a seat reserved for Scheduled Castes, he is a member of any of those castes in the State of Sikkim and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, he is an elector of the Sangha constituency; and

(d) In the case of any other seat, he is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State.

Explanation.In this sub-section “Bhutia” includes Chunibipa, Dopthapa ,Dukpa, Kagatey, Sherpa, Tibetan, Tromopa and Yolimo.]

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1. Ins. by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f 9-9-1975).

2. Section SA renumbered as sub-section (1) of that section by Act 8 of 1980, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-9-1979).

3. Ins. by Act 8 of 1980, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-9-1979).

Section 6. Qualifications for membership of a legislative Council

(1) A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a scat in the Legislative Council of a State to be filled by election unless he is an elector for any Assembly constituency in that State.

A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a scat in the Legislative Council of a State to be filled by nomination by the Governor 1[***] unless he is ordinarily resident in the State.

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1. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

Section 7. Definitions

1[Chapter III.Disqualifications for Membership of Parliament and State legislatures

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1. Subs. By Act 47 of l966, sec. 20, for Chapter III (w.e.f. 14-2-1966)

7. Definitions.

In this Chapter,-

(a) “Appropriate Government” means in relation to any disqualification for being chosen as or for being a member of either House of Parliament, the Central Government, and in relation to any disqualification for being chosen as or for being a member of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a State, the State Government;

(b) “Disqualified” means disqualified for being chosen as, and for being, a member of either House of Parliament or of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a State.

Section 8. Disqualification on conviction for certain offences

1[(1) A person convicted of an offence punishable under-

(a) Section 153A (offence of promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) or section 171E (offence of bribery) or section 171 F (offence of undue influence or personation at an election) or sub-section (l) or sub-section (2) of section 376 or section 376A or section 376B or section 376C or section 376D (offences relating to rape) or section 498A (offence of cruelty towards a woman by husband or relative of a husband) or subsection (2) or sub-section (3) of section 505 (offence of making statement creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes or offence relating to such statement in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship or religious ceremonies) or the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860), or

(b) The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (22 of 1955), which provides for punishment for the preaching and practice of “untouchability”, and for the enforcement of any disability arising therefrom; or

(c) Section 11 (offence of importing or exporting prohibited goods) or the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962); or

(d) Sections 10 to 12 (offence of being a member of an association declared unlawful, offence relating to dealing with funds of an unlawful association or offence relating to contravention of an order made in respect of a notified place) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967); or

(e) The Foreign Exchange (Regulation) Act, 1973 (46 of 1973); or

(f) The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (61 of 1985); or

(g) Section 3 (offence of committing terrorist acts) or section 4 (offence of committing disruptive activities) of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 (28 of 1987); or

(h) Section 7 (offence of contravention of the provisions of section 3 to 6) of the Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1988 (41 of 1988); or

(i) Section 125 (offence of promoting enmity between classes in connection with the election) or section 135 (offence of removal of ballot papers from polling stations) or section 135A (offence of booth capturing) or clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 13 6 (offence of Fraudulently defacing or fraudulently destroying any nomination paper) of this Act; 2[or]

2[(j) Section 6 (offence of conversion of a place or worship) of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991], 3[or]

4[(k) section 2 (offence of insulting the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India) or section 3 (offence of preventing singing of National Anthem) of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 (69 of 1971);] 7[ or]

7[(l) the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987(3 of 1988.); or

(m) the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988;( 49 of 1988) or

(n) the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002(15 of 2002.)]

“shall be disqualified, where the convicted person is sentenced to—

(i) only fine, for a period of six years from the date of such conviction;

(ii) imprisonment, from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release]

(2) A person convicted for the contravention of-

(a) Any law providing for the prevention of hoarding or profiteering- or

(b) Any law relating to the adulteration of food or drugs; or

(c) Any provisions of the Dory Prohibition Act, 1961 (28 of 1961);

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(3) A person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years other than any offence referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2)] shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.

5[(4)] Notwithstanding anything 6[in sub-section (1). subsection 2 and subsection (3)] a disqualification under either sub-section shall not, in the case of a person who on the date of the conviction is a member of Parliament or the Legislature of a State, take effect until three months have elapsed from that date or, if within that period an appeal or application for revision Is brought in respect of the conviction or the sentence, until that appeal or application is disposed of by the court.

Explanation. In this section-

(a) “Lawprovidingforthepreveiitionofhoardingorprofitecrilig”meansanylaw,

Or any order, rule or notification having the force of law, providing for-

(i) The regulation of production or manufacture of any essential commodity;

(ii) The control of price at which any essential commodity may be brought or sold;

(iii) The regulation of acquisition, possession, storage, transport, distribution, Disposal, use or consumption of any essential commodity;

(iv) The prohibition of the withholding from sale of any essential commodity Ordinarily kept for sale-,

(b) “Drug” has the meaning assigned to it in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 1940);

(c) “Essential commodity” has the meaning assigned to it in the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955);

(d) “Food” has the meaning assigned to it in the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 (37 of 1954).

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1. Subs. by Act 1 of 1980, sec. 4, for subsections (1) and (2) (w.e.f. 15-3-1989)

2. Ins. by Act 42 of 1991, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 18-9-1991).

3. Added by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-9-1996).

4. Ins. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 3 (w.e.f 1-8-1 996).

5. Sub-section (3) renumbered as sub-section (4) by Act 1 of 1989, sec. 4 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

6. Subs. by Act I of 1989, sec. 4, for “in sub-section (1) and sub-section (2)” (w.e.f. 15-3-1999)

7. Inserted By Act 9 of 2003(dt.7-1-2003).

8. Clause “d” Omitted By Act 9 of 2003 (dt. 7-1-2003).

Section 8 A. Disqualification on ground of corrupt practices

1Disqualification on ground of corrupt practices. (1) The case of every person found guilty of a corrupt practice by an order under section 99 shall be submitted, 2[as soon as may be within a period of three months from the date such order takes effect], by such authority as the Central Government may specify in this behalf, to the President for determination of the question as to whether such person shall be disqualified and if so, for what period:

Provided that the period for which any person may be disqualified under this subsection shall in no case exceed six years from the date on which the order made in relation to him under section 99 takes effect.

(2) Any person who stands disqualified under section 8A of this Act as it stood immediately before the commencement of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 1975 (40 of 1975), may, if the period of such disqualification has not expired, submit a petition to the President for the removal of such disqualification for the unexpired portion of the said period.

(3) Before giving his decision on any question mentioned in sub-section (1) or on any petition submitted under sub-section (2), the President shall obtain the opinion of the Election Commission on such question or petition and shall act according to such opinion.]

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1. Subs. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 2.

2. Subs. by Act 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009.

Section 9. Disqualification for dismissal for corruption or disloyalty

(1) A person who having held an office under the Government of India or under the Government of any State has been dismissed for corruption or for disloyalty to the State shall be disqualified for a period of five years from the date of such dismissal.

(2) For the purposes of sub-section (1), a certificate issued by the Election Commission to the effect that a person having held office under the Government of India or under the Government of a State, has or has not been dismissed for corruption or for disloyalty to the State shall be conclusive proof of that fact:

Provided that no certificate to the effect that a person has been dismissed for corruption or for disloyalty to the State shall be issued unless all opportunity of being heard has been given to the said person.

Section 9 A. Disqualification for Government contracts, etc

A person shall be disqualified if, and torso long as, there subsists a contract entered into by him in the course of his trade or business with the appropriate Government for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any works undertaken by, that Government.

Explanation. For the purposes of this section, where a contract has been fully performed by the person by whom it has been entered into with the appropriate Government, the contract shall be deemed not to subsist by reason only of the fact that the Government has not performed its part of the contract either wholly or in part.

Section 10. Disqualification for office under Government company

A person shall be disqualified if and for so long as, he is a managing agent, manager or secretary of any company or corporation (other than a co-operative society) in the capital of which the capital of which the appropriate Government has not less than twenty-five percent share. .

Section 10 A. Disqualification for failure to lodge account of election expenses

If the Election Commission is satisfied that a person-

(a) Has failed to lodge an account of election expenses, within the time and in the manner required by or under this Act, and

(b) Has no good reason or justification for the failure,

The Election Commission shall, by order published in the Official Gazette, declare him to be disqualified and any such person shall be disqualified for a period of three years from the date of the order.

Section 11. Removal or reduction or period of disqualification

The Election Commission may, for reasons to be recorded, remove any disqualification under this Chapter 1[(except under section 8A)] or reduce the period of any such disqualification.

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1. Ins. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 3.

Section 11 A. Disqualification arising out of conviction and corrupt practices

1[(1)] If any person, after the commencement of this Act,-

2[***] is convicted of an offence punishable under section 171E or section 171 F of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860), or under section 125 or section 135 or clause (a) of subsection (2) of section 136 of this Act,

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He shall, for a period of six years from the date of the conviction or from the date on which the order takes effect, be disqualified for voting at any election.

4(2) Any person disqualified by a decision of the President under sub-section (1) of section 8A for any period shall he disqualified for the same period for voting at any election.

(3) The decision of the President on a petition submitted by any person under subsection (2) of section 8A in respect of any disqualification for being chosen as, and for being, a member of either House of’ Parliament or of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a State shall, so for as may be, apply in respect of the disqualification for voting at any election incurred by him under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section IIA of this Act as it stood immediately before the commencement of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 1975 (40 of 1975), as if such decision were a decision in respect of the said disqualification for voting also.]

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1. Section IIA renumbered as subsection (1) of that section by Act 40 of 1975, sec.

2. The brackets and letter “(a)” omitted by Act 38 of 1978, sec. 3 and the Second Schedule.

3. the word “or” omitted by Act 38 of 1978, sec. 3 and the Second Schedule.

4 Clause (b) omitted by Act 40 of 1975, see. 4.

Section 11 B. Removal of disqualifications

The Election Commission may, for reasons to be recorded, remove 1[any disqualification under subsection (1) of section IIAI.]

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1. Subs. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 5, for certain words.

Section 12. Notification for biennial election to the Council of States

1[PART III

NOTIFICATION OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 7, for Part III (sections 12 to 18).

12. Notification for biennial election to the Council of States.

For the purpose of filling the seats of members of the Council of States retiring on the expiration of their term of office the President shall by one or more notifications published in the Gazette of India on such date or dates as may be recommended by the Election Commission, call upon the elected members of the Legislative Assembly or as the case may be, the members of the electoral college, of each State concerned to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder:

Provided that no notification under this section shall be issued more than three months prior to the date on which the term of office of the retiring members is due to expire.

Section 12 A. Notification for election to rill the seat allotted to the State of Sikkim in the Council of States

1[Notification for election to rill the seat allotted to the State of Sikkim in the Council of States. For the purpose of filling for the first time the seat allotted to the State of Sikkim by the Constitution (Thirty-sixth Amendment) Act, 1975 in the Council of States, the President shall, by notification published in the Gazette of India, on such date as may be recommended by Election Commission, call upon the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Sikkim to elect a member in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder and the election so held shall for all purposes and intent be deemed to have been held under section 12.]

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1. Ins. by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 9.9.1975).

Section 13. Notification for reconstitution of electoral colleges of certain Union territories

Rep. by the Territorial Councils Act, 19-56 (10-3 of 1956), sec. 661

Section 14. Notification for general election to the House of the People

(1) A general election shall be held for the purpose of constituting a new House of the People on the expiration of the duration of the existing House or on its dissolution.

(2) For the said purpose the President shall, by one or more notifications published in the Gazette of India on such date or dates as may be recommended by the Election Commission call upon all Parliamentary constituencies to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder:

Provided that where a general election is held otherwise than on the dissolution of the existing House of’ the People, no such notification shall he issued at any time earlier than six months prior to the date on which the duration of that House would expire under the provisions of clause (2) of article 83.

Section 14 A. Notification for electing the representative of the State or Sikkim to the existing House of the People

1Notification for electing the representative of the State or Sikkim to the existing House of the People. For the purpose of electing a representative of the State of Sikkim to the House of the People, specified in clause (e) of article 371F of the Constitution, the Election Commission shall call upon the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Sikkim to elect the representative in accordance with such of the provisions of this Act, and the rules and orders make thereunder, as are applicable to the election of the members of the Council of States.]

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1. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

Section 15. Notification for general election to a State Legislative Assembly

(1) A general election shall be held for the purpose of constituting a new Legislative Assembly on the expiration of the duration of the existing Assembly or on its dissolution.

(2) For the said purpose, 1[the Governor or Administrator, as the case may be], 2[* * *] shall by one or more notifications published in the Official Gazette of the State on such date or dales may be recommended by the Election Commission, call upon all Assembly constituencies in the State to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and order made thereunder:

Provided that where a general election is held otherwise than on the dissolution of the existing Legislative Assembly, no such notification shall be issued at any time earlier than six months prior to the date on which the duration of that Assembly would expire under the provisions of clause (I) of article 171 2[***] 3[or under the provisions of section 5 of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963), as the case may be.]

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1. Subs. by Act 20 of 1963, sec. 57 and the Second Schedule for “the Governor”.

2. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

3. Ins. by Act 20 of 1963, sec. 57 and the Second Schedule.

Section 15 A. Notification for certain elections to Legislative Councils

1[Notification for certain elections to Legislative Councils. For the purpose of constituting the Legislative Council of the State of Madhya Pradesh under the State Reorganisation Act, 1956 (37 of 1956) and constituting the Legislative Council of the State of Andhra Pradesh under the Legislative Councils Act, 1957 (37 of 1957), the Governor of each of the aforesaid States shall, by one or more notifications published in the Official Gazette of the State on such date or dates as may be recommended by the Election Commission, call upon the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State and all the Council constituencies to elect members in accordance with the provisions of’ this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder.]

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1. Ins. by Act 37 of 1957, sec. 13.

Section 16. Notification for biennial election to a State Legislative Council

For the purpose of filling the seats of members of the Legislative Council of a State retiring on the expiration of their term of office, the Governor 1[***] shall, by one or more notifications published in the Official Gazette of the State on such date or dates as may be recommended by the Election Commission call upon the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State and all the Council constituencies concerned to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder:

Provided that no notification under this section shall be issued more than three months prior to the date on which the term of office of the retiring members is due to expire.]

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1. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

Section 19. Definition

In this Part and in Part V, unless the context otherwise requires, “constituency” means 1[***] a Parliamentary constituency or an Assembly constituency or a Council constituency

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1. Certain words omitted by Act 103 of 1956, sec. 66.

Section 19 A. Delegation of functions of Election Commission

1Delegation of functions of Election Commission. The functions of the Election Commission under the Constitution, the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950) and this Act or under the rules made thereunder may, subject to such general or special directions, if any, as may be given by the Election Commission in this behalf, be performed also by a Deputy Election Commissioner or by the Secretary to the Election Commission.]

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of l966, sec. 21 (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

Section 20. General duties of chief electoral officers

1[General duties of chief electoral officers. Subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the Election Commission, the chief electoral officer of each State shall supervise the conduct of all elections in the State under this Act.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 9, for sections 20 and 21.

Section 20 A. General duties of district election officer

1[General duties of district election officer. (1) Subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the chief electoral officer, the district election officer shall co-ordinate and supervise all work in the district or in the area within his jurisdiction in connection with the conduct of all elections to parliament and the Legislature of the State

(2) The district election officer shall also perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him bv the Election Commission and the chief electoral officer.]

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 22 (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

Section 20 B. Observers

1[Observers. (1) The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of Government to watch the conduct of election or elections in a constituency or a group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.

(2) The Observer nominated under sub-section (1) shall have the power to direct the retuning officer for the constituency or for any of the constituencies for which he has been nominated, to stop the counting of votes at any time before the declaration of the result or not to declare the result if in the opinion of the Observer booth capturing has taken place at a large number of polling stations or at places fixed for the poll or counting of votes or any ballot papers used at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll are unlawfully taken out of the custody of the returning officer or are accidentally or intentionally destroyed or lost or are damaged or tampered with to such an extent that the result of the poll at that polling station or place cannot be ascertained.

(3) Where an Observer has directed the returning officer under this section to stop counting of votes or not to declare the result, the Observer shall forthwith report the matter to the Election Commission and thereupon the Election Commission shall, after taking all material circumstances into account, issue appropriate directions under section 58A or section 64A or section 66.

Explanation. For the purposes of sub-section (2) and sub-section (3) “Observer” the shall include a Regional Commissioner or any such officer of the Election Commission as has been assigned under this section the duty of watching the conduct of election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies by the Commission.]

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1. Ins. by Act 21 of’ 1996, sec. 4 (w.e.f 1-8-1996)

Section 21. Returning officers

For every constituency, for every election to fill a sea or seats in the Council of States and for every election by the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to fill a seat or seats in the Legislative Council of the State, the Election Commission shall, in consultation with the Government of the State, designate or nominate a returning officer who shall be 1[an officer of Government or of a local authority]:

Provided that nothing in this section shall prevent the Election Commission from designating or nominating the same person to be the returning officer for more than one constituency.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 23, for “an officer of Government”.

Section 22. Assistant returning officers

(1) The Election Commission may appoint one or more persons to assist any returning officer in the performance of his functions:

Provided that every such person shall be 1[an officer of Government or of a local authority]

(2) Every assistant returning officer shall, subject to the control of the returning officer, be competent to perform all or any of the functions of the returning officer-.

Provided that no assistant returning officer shall perform any of the functions of the returning officer which relate 3[***] to the scrutiny of nominations 2[***] unless the returning officer is unavoidably prevented from performing the said function

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 24, for “an officer of Government”.

2. Certain words omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 10.

3. The words “or to the counting of votes” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 10.

Section 23. Returning officer to include assistant returning officers performing the functions of the returning officer

References in this Act to the returning officer shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be deemed to include an assistant returning officer performing any function which he is authorized to perform under sub-section (2) of section 22.

Section 24. General duty of the returning officer

It shall be general duty of the returning officer at any election to do all such acts and things as may be necessary for effectually conducting the election in the manner provided by this Act and rules or orders made there under

Section 25. Provision of polling stations for constituencies

1[Provision of polling stations for constituencies. The district election officer shall, with the previous approval of the Election Commission, provide a sufficient number of polling stations for every constituency the whole or greater part of which lies within his jurisdiction, and shall publish, such manner as the Election Commission may direct, a list showing the polling stations so provided and the polling areas or groups of voters for which they have respectively been provided.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 25, for section 25 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 26. Appointment of presiding officers for polling stations

(1) The 1[district election officer] shall appoint a presiding officer for each polling station and such polling officer or officers as he thinks necessary, but he shall not appoint any person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election:

Provided that if a polling officer is absent from the poll’ station, the presiding officer may appoint any person who is present at the polling station other than a person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election, to be the polling officer during the absence of the former officer, and inform the 1[district election officer] accordingly:

3[Provided further that nothing in this sub-section shall prevent that 4[district election officer] from appointing the same person to be the presiding officer for more than one polling station in the same premises.]

(2) A polling officer shall, if so directed by the presiding officer, perform all or any of the function of a presiding officer under this Act or any rules or orders made thereunder.

(3) If the presiding officer, owing to illness or other unavoidable cause, is obliged to absent himself from the polling station, his functions shall be performed by such polling officer as has been previously authorised by the 4[district election officer] to perform such functions during any such absence.

(4) References in this Act to the presiding officer shall, unless the contest otherwise requires, be deemed to include any person performing ally function which he is authorised to perform under subsection (2) or sub-section (3), as the case may be.

5[(5) Any reference to a district election officer in section 25 and in this section shall, in relation to a constituency in a Union territory, be construed as a reference to the returning officer for that constituency]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 26, for “returning officer” (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

3. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 12.

4. Subs. By Act 47 of 1966, sec 26, for “returning officer” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

5. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 26 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 27. General duty of the presiding officer

It shall be the general duty of the presiding officer at a polling station to keep order thereat and to see that the poll is fairly taken.

Section 28. Duties of a polling officer

It shall be the duty of the polling officers at a polling station to assist the presiding officer for such station in the performance of his frictions.

Section 28 A. Returning officer, presiding officer, etc., deemed to be on deputation to Election Commission

1[Returning officer, presiding officer, etc., deemed to be on deputation to Election Commission. The returning officer, assistant returning officer, presiding officer, polling officer and an other officer appointed under this Part, and any police officer designated for the time being by the State Government, for the conduct of any election shall be deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission for the period commencing on and from the date of the notification calling for such election and ending with the date of declaration of the results of such election and accordingly, such officers shall, during that period, be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission.]

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1. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 5 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

Section 29. Special provisions in the case of certain elections

(1) The returning officer for an election 1[***] to fill a seat or seats in the Council of States or for an election by the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to fill a seat or scats in the Legislative Council of the State shall with the previous approval of the Election Commission, fix the place at which the poll will be taken for such election and shall notify the place so fixed in such manner as the Election Commission may direct.

(2) The returning officer shall preside over such election at the place so fixed and shall appoint such polling officer or officers to assist him as he thinks necessary but he shall not appoint any person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been otherwise working for. a candidate in or about the election.

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1. Certain words omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 13.

Section 29 A. Registration with the Election Commission of associations and bodies as political parties

1[PART IVA

REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES

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1. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 6 (w.e.f. 15-6-1989).

29A. Registration with the Election Commission of associations and bodies as political parties

(1) Any association or body of individual citizens of India calling itself a political party and intending to avail itself of the provisions of this Part shall make an application to the Election Commission for its registration as a political party for the purposes of this Act.

(2) Every such application shall be made,-

(a) If the association or body is in existence at the commencement of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1988 (1 of 1989), within sixty days next following such commencement;

(b) If the association or body is formed after such commencement, within thirty days next following the date of its formation.

(3) Every application under subsection (1) shall be signed by the chief executive officer of the association or body (whether such chief executive officer is known as Secretary or by any other designation) and presented to the Secretary to the Commission or sent to such Secretary by registered post.

(4) Every such application shall contain the following particular, namely:-

(a) The name of the association or body;

(b) The State in which its head office is situate;

(c) The address to which letters and other communications meant for it should be sent;

(d) The names of its president, secretary, treasurer and other officer-bearers;

(e) The numerical strength of its members, and if there are categories of its members, the numerical strength in each category;

(f) Whether it has any local units; if so, at what levels;

(g) Whether it is represented by any member or members in either House of Parliament or of any State Legislature; if so, the number of such member or members.

(5) The application under subsection (1) shall be accompanied by a copy of the memorandum or rules and regulations of the association or body, by whatever name called, and such memorandum or rules and regulations shall contain a specific provision that the association or body shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, and to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy, and would uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.

(6) The Commission may call for such other particulars as it may deem fit from the association or body.

(7) After considering all the particulars as a foresaid in its possession and any other necessary and relevant factors and after giving the representatives of the association or body reasonable opportunity of being heard, the Commission shall decide either to register the association or body as a political party for the purposes of this Part, or not so to register it; and the Commission shall communicate its decision to the association or body:

Provided that no association or body shall be registered as a political party under

This sub-section unless the memorandum or rules and regulations of such association or body conform to the provisions of sub-section (5).

(8) The decision of the Commission shall be final.

(9) After an association or body has been registered as apolitical party as aforesaid, any change in its name, head office, office-bearers, address or in any other material matters shall be communicated to the Commission without delay.

Section 30. Appointment of dates for nominations, etc

1[Appointment of dates for nominations, etc. As soon as the notification calling upon a constituency to elect a member or members is issued, the Election Commission shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint-

(a) The last date for making nominations, which shall be the 2[seventh day] after the date of publication of the first mentioned notification or if that day is a public holiday, the next succeeding day which is not a public holiday;

(b) The date for the scrutiny of nominations, which shall be 3[the day immediately following] the last date for making nominations or, if that day is public holiday, the next succeeding day which is not a public holiday;

(c) The last date for the withdrawal of candidatures, which shall be 4[the second day] after the date for the scrutiny of nominations or, if that day is a public holiday, the next succeeding day that is not a public holiday;

(d) The date or dates on which a poll shall, if necessary, be taken which or the first of which shall be a date not earlier than the 5[fourteenth day] after the last date for the withdrawal of candidatures, and

(e) The date before which the election shall be completed.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1 956, sec. 14, for section 30.

2. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 7, for “tenth day” (w.e.f 20-9-1961).

3. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 27, for “the second day after” (w.e.f 14-12-1966)

4. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 27, for “the third day” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

5. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 5 (w.e.f 1-8-1996).

6. Explanation omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 27 (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

Section 31. Public notices of election

On the issue of a notification under section 30 the returning 1[***] shall give public notice of the intended election in such form and manner as may be prescribed, inviting nominations of candidates for such election and specifying the place at which the nomination papers are to be delivered.

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1. The words “for the constituency” omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 28 (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

Section 32. Nomination of candidates for election

Any person may be nominated as a candidate for election to fill a seat 1[***] if he is qualified to be chosen to fill that seat under the provisions of Constitution and this Act 2[***] 3[or under the provisions of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963), as the case may be].

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1. The words “in any constituency” omitted by Act 27 of 1956- sec. 15.

2. Certain words ins. by Act 27 of l956, sec 15 and omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

3. Ins. by Act 20 of’ 1963, sec. 57 and Second Sch

Section 33. Presentation of nomination paper and requirements for a valid nomination

1[Presentation of nomination paper and requirements for a valid nomination. (1) On or before the date appointed under clause (a) of section 30 each candidate shall, either in person or by his proposer between the hours of eleven O’clock in the forenoon and three O’clock in the afternoon deliver to the returning officer at the place specified in the behalf in the notice issued under section 3l a nomination paper completed in the prescribed form and signed by the candidate and by an elector of the constituency as proposer-.

2[Provided that a candidate not set up by a recognised political party, shall not be deemed to be duly nominated for election from a constituency unless the nomination paper is subscribed by ten proposes being electors of the constituency:

Provided further that no nomination paper shall be delivered to the returning officer on a day which is a public holiday:

Provided also that in the case a local authorities constituency, graduates’ constituency or teachers’ constituency, the reference to “an elector of the constituency as proposer” shall be construed as a reference to ten per cent of the electors of the constituency or ten such electors., whichever is less, as proposes.]

3[(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), for election to the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim (deemed to be the Legislative Assembly of that State only constituted under the Constitution), the nomination paper to be delivered to the returning officer shall be in such form and manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that the said nomination paper shall be subscribed by the candidate as assenting to the nomination, and-

(a) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lepcha origin, also by at least twenty electors of the constituency as proposes and twenty electors of the constituency as scolders;

(b) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, also by at least twenty electors of the constituency as proposes and at least twenty electors of the constituency as seconders;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Nepali origin, by an elector of the constituency as proposer:

Provided further that no nomination paper shall be delivered to the returning officer on a day which is a public holiday]

(2) In a constituency where any seat is reserved, a candidate shall not be deemed to be qualified to be chosen to fill that seat unless his nomination paper contains a declaration by him specifying the particular caste or tribe of which he is a member and the area in relation to which that caste or tribe is a Scheduled Caste or, as the case may be, a Scheduled Tribe of the State.

(3) Where the candidate is a person who, having held any office referred to in 4[section 9] has been dismissed and a period of five years has not elapsed since the dismissal. such person shall not be deemed to be duly nominated as a candidate unless his nomination paper is accompanied by a certificate issued ‘in the prescribed manner by the Election Commission to the effect that he has not been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the State.

(4) On the presentation of a nomination paper, the returning officer shall satisfy himself that the names and electoral roll numbers of the candidate and his proposer as entered in the nomination paper arc the same as those entered in the electoral rolls:

5[Provided that no misnomer or inaccurate description or clerical technical or printing error in regard to the name of the candidate or his proposer or any other person., or in regard to any place, mentioned in the electoral roll or the nomination paper and no clerical, technical or printing error in regard to the electoral roll numbers of any such person in the electoral roll or the nomination paper. shall affect the full operation of the electoral roll or the nomination. paper with respect to such person or place in any case where the description in regard to the name of the person or place is such as to be commonly understood, and the returning officer shall permit any such misnomer or inaccurate description or clerical, technical or printing error to be corrected and where necessary direct that any such misnomer, inaccurate description, clerical, technical or printing error in the electoral roll or In the nomination paper shall be overlooked.]

(5) Where the candidate is an elector of a different constituency, a copy of the electoral roll of that constituency or of the relevant part thereof or a certified copy of the relevant entries in such roll shall- unless it has been filed along with the nomination paper, be produced before the return officer at the time of scrutiny.

6[(6) Nothing in this section shall prevent any candidate from being nominated by more than one nomination paper :

Provided that not more than four nomination papers shall be presented bv or on behalf of any candidate or accepted by the retuning officer for election in the same constituency

7[(7) Notwithstanding, anything contained in sub-section (6) or in any other provisions of this Act, a person shall not be nominated as a candidate for election,-

(a) In the case of a general election to the House of the People (whether or not field simultaneously from all Parliamentary constituencies), from more than two Parliamentary constituencies;

(b) In the case of general election to the Legislative Assembly of a State (whether or not hold simultaneously from all Assembly constituencies), from more than two Assembly constituencies in that State,.

(c) In the case of a general election to the Legislative Council of a State having such Council, from more than two Council constituencies in the State;

(d) In the case of a biennial at election to the Council of States for filling o or more seats allotted to a State, for filling more than two such seats,

(e) In the case of bye-elections to the House of the People from two or more Parliamentary constituencies which are held simultaneously-from more than two such Parliamentary constituencies-,

(f) In the case of bye-elections to the Legislative Assembly of a State from or more Assembly constituencies which arc held simultaneously, from more than two such Assembly constituencies-,

(g) In the case of bye-elections to the Council of States for filling two or more scats allotted to a State which are held simultaneously, for filling more than two such scats”

(h) In the case of bye-elections to the Legislative Council of a State having such Council from two or more Council constituencies, which are held simultaneously, from more than two such Council constituencies.

Explanation. For the purpose of this sub-section, two or more bye-elections shall be deemed to be held simultaneously where the notification calling such bye-elections are issued by the Election Commission under sections 147, 149, 150 or, as the case may be, 151 on the same date.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 16, for section 3.

2. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 6 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

3. Ins. by Act 10 of l976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 9-9-1975).

4. Subs. by Act 38 of 1978, sec. 3 and the Second Schedule, for “Clause (f) of section 7”.

5. Subs. by Act 47 of 966, sec. 29, for the proviso (w.e.f.14-12-1966).

6. Subs. by Act 40 of’ 1961, sec. 8, for subjection (6) (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)

7. Ins. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 6 (w.e.f’, 1-8-1996).

Section 34. Deposits

1[(1) A candidate shall not be deemed to be duly nominated for election from a constituency unless he deposits or causes to be deposited, -

(a) In the case of all election from a Parliamentary constituency, 3[a sum of twenty-five thousand rupees or where the candidate is a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, a sum of twelve thousand five hundred rupees]; and

(b) In the case of an election from all Assembly or Council constituency, 4[a sum of ten thousand rupees or where the candidate is a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, a sum of five thousand rupees]-.

Provided that where a candidate has been nominated by more than one nomination paper for election in the same constituency, not more than one deposit shall be required of him under this sub-section.]

(2) Any sum required to be deposited under sub-section (1) shall not be deemed to have been deposited under that subsection unless at the time of deliver of the nomination paper 2[under subsection (1) or, as the case may be, sub-section (IA) of section 33] the candidate has either deposited or caused to be deposited that sum with the returning officer in cash or enclosed with the nomination paper a receipt showing that the said sum has been deposited by him or on his behalf in the Reserve Bank of India or in a Government Treasury

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1. Sub-section (3) was subs. bv Act 27 of 1956, sec. 17 and again subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 7 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

2. Subs. by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch., for certain words (w.e.f. 9-9-1 975).

3. Subs. by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009.

4. Subs. by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009.

Section 35. Notice of nominations and the time and place for their scrutiny

The returning officer shall, on receiving the nomination paper 1[under subsection (1) or, as the case may, be, sub-section (I A) of section 33], inform the person or persons delivering the same of the date. time and place fixed for the scrutiny of nominations and shall enter on the nomination paper its serial number and shall sign thereon a certificate stating the date on which and the hour at which the nomination paper has been delivered to him, and shall as soon as may be thereafter, cause to be affixed in some conspicuous place in his office a notice of the nomination containing descriptions similar to those contained in the nomination paper., both of the candidate and or 2[the proposer].

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1 956, sec. 18, for certain words.

2. The words “and one seconded” omitted by, Act 27 of l956, sec. 19.

Section 36. Scrutiny of nominations

(1) On the date fixed for the scrutiny of nominations under section 30, the candidates, their election agents one proposer 1[***] of each candidate and one other person duly a in writing by each candidate but no other person, may attend at such time and place as the returning officer may appoint; and the returning officer shall give them all reasonable facilities for examining the nomination papers of all candidates which have been delivered within the time and in the manner laid down in section 33.

(2) The returning officer shall then examine the nomination papers and shall decide all objections which may be made to any nomination and may, either on such objection or on his own motion, after such summary inquiry, if any, as he thinks necessary 2[reject] any nomination on any of the following grounds

3 [(a) 4[that on the date fixed for the scrutiny of nominations the candidate] either is not qualified or is disqualified for being chosen to fill the seat under any of the following provisions that may be applicable, namely: -

Articles 84, 102, 173 and 191,] 5[* * *]

6[Part II of this s Act and sections 4 and 14 of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963)] 7[***]; or

(b) That there has been a failure to comply with any of the provisions of section 33 or section 34; or

(c) That the signature of the candidate or the proposer on the nomination paper is riot genuine.

(3) Nothing contained in 8[clause (b) or clause (c)] of sub-section (2) shall be deemed to authorise the 9[rejection] of the nomination of any candidate on the ground of any irregularity in respect of a nomination paper, if the candidate has been duly nominated by means of another nomination paper in respect of which no irregularity has been committed.

(4) The returning officer shall not reject any nomination paper on the ground of any 10[***] defect which is not of a substantial character.

(5) The returning officer shall hold the scrutiny on the date appointed in this behalf under clause (b) of section 30 and shall not allow any adjournment of the proceedings except when such proceedings are interrupted or obstructed by riot or open violence or by causes beyond his control:

Provided that in case 11[an objection is raised by the returning officer or is made by Any other person] the candidate concerned may be allowed time to rebut it not later than the next day but one following the date fixed for scrutiny, and the returning officer shall record his decision on the date to which the proceedings have been adjourned.

(6) The returning officer shall endorse on each nomination paper his decision accepting or rejecting the same and, if the nomination paper is rejected, shall record in writing a brief statement of his reasons for such rejection.

12[(7) For the purposes of this section, a certified copy of an entry in the electoral roll for the time being in force of a constituency shall be conclusive evidence of the fact that the person referred to in that entry is an elect or for that constituency, unless it is proved that he is subject to a disqualification mentioned in section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950).

(8) Immediately after all the nomination papers have been scrutinized and decisions accepting or rejecting the same have been recorded, the returning officer shall prepare a list of validly nominated candidates, that is to say, candidates whose nominations have been found valid, and affix it to his notice board.]

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1. The words “and one seconded” omitted by, Act 27 of l956, sec. 19.

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1 956 sec. 19, for “refuse”.

3. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 19, for clause (a) to (e).

4. Subs. by, Act 40 of 1961, sec. 9, for “that the candidate” (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

5. The word “and” ins. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956 and omitted by Act 20 of 1963, sec. 57 and the First Sch.

6. Subs. By Act of 1963, sec 57 and the Second Sch, for certain words.

7. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

8. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 19, for “clause (c), clause (d) or clause (e).

9. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 19, for “refusal”.

10. The word “technical” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 19.

11. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 9, for “an objection is made” (w.e.f 20-9-196 ).

12. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 19, for sub-section (7).

Section 37. Withdrawal of candidature

(1) Any candidate may withdraw his candidature by a notice in writing which shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed and shall be subscribed by him and delivered before three O’clock in the afternoon on the day fixed under clause (c) of section 30 to the returning officer either by such candidate in person or by his proposer, 1[***] or election agent who has been authorised in this behalf in writing by such candidate.

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(2) No person who has given a notice or withdrawal of his candidature under subsection (1) shall be allowed to cancel the notice.

2[(3) The returning officer shall, on being satisfied as to the genuineness of a notice or withdrawal and the identity of the person delivering under sub-section (1), cause the notice to be affixed in some conspicuous place in his office.]

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1. The word “seconded” and the proviso omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 20.

2. Subs. by Act 40 of’ 1961, sec. 10, for sub-section (3) (w.e.f 20-9-1961)

Section 38. Publication of list of contesting candidates

1[Publication of list of contesting candidates. (1) Immediately after the expiry of the period within which candidatures may be withdrawn under sub-section (1) of section 37, the returning officer shall prepare and publish in such form and manner as may be prescribed a list of contesting candidates, that is to say, candidates who were included in the list of validly nominated candidates and who have not withdrawn their candidature within the said period.

2[(2) For the purpose of listing the -names under sub-section (1), the candidates shall be classified as follows, namely: -

(i) Candidates of recognised political parties;

(ii) Candidates of registered political parties other than those mentioned in clause

(iii) Other candidates.

(3) The categories mentioned in sub-section (2) shall be arranged in the order specified therein and the names of candidates in each category shall be arranged in alphabetical order and the addresses of the contesting candidates as given in the nomination papers together with such other particulars as may be prescribed].]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 21, for section 38.

2. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec, 8, for sub-section (2) (w.e.f 1-8-1996).

1[Nomination of candidates at other elections. (1) As soon as the notification calling upon the elected members or the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State or the members of the electoral college of a 2[Union territory] to elect a member or members is issued, the Election Commission shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint-

(a) The last date for making nominations, which shall be the 3[seventh day] after the date of publication of the first-mentioned notification or, if that day is a public holiday, the next succeeding day which is not a public holiday;

(b) The date for the scrutiny of nominations, which shall be 4[the day immediately following] the last date for making nominations or if that day is a public holiday, the next succeeding day -which is not a public holiday;

(c) The last date for the withdrawal of candidatures, which shall be the second day after the date for the scrutiny of nominations or if that day is a public holiday, the next succeeding day which is not a public holiday-,

(d) The date or dates on which a poll shall, if necessary, be taken, which or the first of which shall be a date not earlier than the seventh day after the last date for the withdrawal of candidatures; and

(e) The date before which the election shall be completed.

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(2) The provisions of sections 31 to 38, excluding subsections (2) and (5) of section 33 and 6[clause (a) of subsection (1) of section 34], shall apply in relation to any such election as they apply in relation to an election in any constituency:

Provided that-

(a) Any references in the said provisions to the electoral roll of the constituency shall unless the context otherwise requires, be construed, in the case of an election by the member or the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of the State, as references to the list of members of elected members, as the case may be, of that Assembly maintained under sub-section (1) of section 152, and in the case of an election by the members of the electoral college of a 7[Union territory], as references to the list of members of such electoral college maintained under subsection (2) of that section;

8[(aa) The reference in the opening paragraph of subsection (1) of section 33 to “an elect or of the constituency as proposer shall be construed as a reference to “ten percent. of the elected members or of the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State or of the members of the electoral college of a Union territory, as the case may be, or ten members concerned, whichever is less, as proposers”:

Provided that where as a result of a calculation of the percentage referred to in this clause, the number of members arrived at is a friction and if the fraction so arrived at is more than one-half it shall be counted as one, and if the fraction so arrived at is less than one half it shall be ignored;]

9[10[(ab) In the case of a election to the Legislative Council pf a State by the members pf the Legislative Assembly of that State, clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 36 shall be construed as including a reference to sub-clause (d) of clause (3) of article 171;]

(b) Any references in the said provisions to section 30 shall be construed as references to subsection (1) of this section; and

(c) At the time of presenting the nomination paper, the returning officer may require the person presenting the same to produce either a copy of the electoral roll, or part of the electoral roll, in which the name of the candidate is included or the certified copy of the relevant entries in such roll.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 22, for section 39.

2. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for “Part C State”.

3. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 11, for “tenth day” (w.e.f. 20-9-196 1).

4. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 30, for “the second day after” (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

5. Explanation omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 30 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

6. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 19, for “section 34”.

7. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for “Part C State”.

8. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

9. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 30 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

10. Clause (aa) relettered as clause (ab) by Act I of 1989, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

Section 40. Election agents

1[Election agents. A candidate at an election may appoint in the prescribed manner any one person other than himself to be his election agent and when any such appointment is made, notice of the appointment shall be given in the prescribed manner to the returning officer.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 23, for section 40.

Section 41. Disqualification for being an election agent

1[Disqualification for being an election agent. Any person who is for the time being disqualified under the Constitution or under this Act for being a member of either House of Parliament or the House or either House of the Legislature of a State or for voting at elections, shall, so long as the disqualification subsists, also be disqualified for being an election agent at any election.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 31, for section 41 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 42. Revocation of the appointment, or death, of an election agent

(1) Any revocation of the appointment of an election agent, 1[***] shall be signed by the candidate, and shall operate from the date on which it is lodged with the returning officer.

2[(2) In the event of such a revocation or of the death of an election agent whether that event occurs before or during the election, or after the election but before the account of the candidate’s election expenses has been lodged in accordance with the provisions of section 78, the candidate may appoint in the prescribed manner another person to be his election agent and when such appointment is made notice of the appointment shall be given in the prescribed manner to the returning officer.]

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1. Certain words omitted by Act 27 of 1956 sec. 24.

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 24, for sub-section (2).

Section 43. Effect of default in appointment of election agent under section 42

Rep. by the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Act, 19-56 (27 of 1956), sec. 25

Section 44. Duty of the election agent to keep accounts

Rep. by the Representation of the People (Second Amendment Act, 1956 (27 of 19-56), sec. 25

Section 45. Functions of election agents

1Functions of election agents. An election agent may perform such functions in connection with the election as are authorised by or under this Act to be performed by an election agent.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 26, for section 45.

Section 46. Appointment of polling agents

1[Appointment of polling agents. A contesting candidate or his election agent may appoint in the prescribed manner such number of agents and relief agents as may be prescribed to act as polling agents of such candidate at each polling station provided under section 25 or at the place fixed under subsection (1) of section 29 for the poll.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1056, sec. 27, for section 46.

Section 47. Appointment or counting agents

1[Appointment or counting agents. A contesting candidate or his election agent may appoint in the prescribed manner one or more persons, but not exceeding such number as may be prescribed, to the present as his counting agent or agents at the counting of votes, and when any such appointment is made notice of the appointment shall be given in the prescribed manner to the returning officer.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 28, for section 47.

Section 48. Revocation of the appointment or death, or a polling agent or counting agent

(1) Any revocation of the appointment of a polling agent shall be signed by the candidate or his election agent and shall operate from the date on which it is lodged with such officer as may be prescribed, and in the event of such a revocation or of the death of a polling agent before the close of the poll, the candidate or his election agent may appoint in the prescribed manner another polling agent at any time before the poll is closed and shall forthwith give notice of such appointment in the prescribed manner to such officer as may be prescribed.

(2) Any revocation of the appointment of a counting agent shall be signed by the candidate or his election agent and shall operate from the date on which it is lodged with the returning officer, and in the event of such revocation or of the death of a counting agent before the commencement of the counting of votes, the candidate or his election agent may appoint in the prescribed manner another counting agent at any time before the counting of votes is commenced and shall forthwith give notice of such appointment in the prescribed manner to the returning officer.

Section 49. Functions of polling agents and counting agents

(1) A polling agent may perform such functions in connection with the poll as are authorised by or under this Act, to be performed by a polling agent.

(2) A counting agent may perform such functions in connection with the counting of votes as are authorised by or under this Act to be performed by a counting agent.

Section 50. Attendance of a contesting candidate or his election agent at polling stations, and performance by him of the functions of a polling agent or counting agent

(1) At every election where a poll is taken, each 1[contesting candidate] at such election and his election agent shall have a right to be present at any polling station provided under section 25 for the taking of the poll or at the place fixed under sub-section (1) of section 29 for the poll.

(2) A 1[contesting candidate] or his election agent may himself do any act or thing which any polling agent or the counting agent of such 1[contesting candidate] if appointed, would have been authorised by or under this Act to do, or may assist any polling agent or the counting agent of such 1[contesting candidate] in doing any such act or thing.

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 20, for “candidate”.

Section 51. Non-attendance of polling or counting agents

Where any act or thing is required or authorised by or under this Act to be done in the presence of the polling or counting agents, the non-attendance of any such agent or agents at the time and place appointed for the purpose shall not, if the act or thing is otherwise duly done, invalidate the act or thing done.

Section 52. Death of a candidate of a recognised political party before poll

1[Death of a candidate of a recognised political party before poll. (1) If a candidate set up by a recognised political party, -

(a) Dies at any time after 11.00 A.M. on the last date for making nominations and his nomination is found valid on scrutiny under section 36, or

(b) Whose nomination has been found valid on scrutiny under section 36 and who has not withdrawn his candidature under section 37, dies,

And in either case, a report of his death is received at any time before the publication of the list of contesting candidates under section 38; or

(c) Dies as a contesting candidate and a report of his death is received before the commencement of the poll,

The returning officer shall, upon being satisfied about the fact of the death of the candidate, by order, announce an adjournment of the poll to a date to be notified later and report the fact to the Election Commission and also to the appropriate authority:

Provided that no order for adjourning a poll should be made in a case referred to in clause (a) except after the scrutiny of all the nominations including the nomination of the deceased candidate.

(2) The Election Commission shall, on the receipt of a report from the returning officer under sub-section (1), call upon the recognised political party, whose candidate has died, to nominate another candidate for the said poll within seven days of issue of such notice to such recognised political party and the provisions of sections 30 to 37 shall, so far as may be, apply in relation to such nomination as they would apply to other nominations:

Provided that no person -who has given a notice of withdrawal of his candidature under sub-section (1) of section 37 before the adjournment of the poll shall be ineligible for being nominated as a candidate for the election after such adjournment.

(3) Where a list of contesting candidates had been published under section 38 before the adjournment of the poll under subsection (1), the returning officer shall again prepare and publish a fresh list of contesting candidates under that section so as to include the name of the candidate who has been validly nominated under sub-section (2).

Explanation For the purposes of this section, sections 33 and 3 8, “recognised political party”, means apolitical party recognised by the Election Commission under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.]

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1. Section 52 was subs. by Act 2 of 1992 , sec. 2 and again subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 9 (w.e.f 1-8-1996).

Section 53. Procedure in contested and uncontested elections

1[(1) If the number of contesting candidates is more than the number of seats to be filled. a poll shall be taken.]

(2) If the number of such candidates is equal to the number of seats to be filled, the returning officer shall forthwith declare all such candidates to be duly elected to fill those seats.

(3) If the number of such candidates is less than the number of seats to be filled, the returning officer shall forthwith declare all such candidates to be elected and the 2[Election Commission] shall by notification in the Official Gazette call upon the constituency or the elected members or the members of the State Legislative Assembly or the members of the electoral college concerned 3[* * *] as the case may be, to elect a person or persons to fill the remaining seat or seats 4[***] :

Provided that where the constituency or the elected members or the members of the State Legislative assembly or the members of the electoral college 3[***] having already been called upon under this subsection, has or have failed to elect a person or the requisite member of persons, as the case may be, to rill the vacancy or vacancies, the 2[Election Commission shall not be bound to call again upon the constituency, or such members to elect a person or persons 5[until it is satisfied that if called upon again, there will be no such failure on the part of the constituency of such members].

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1. Subs. by Act 27 1956, sec. 30, for sub-section (1).

2. Subs. try Act 27 (if 1956, sec. 30, for “appropriate authority”.

3. Certain words omitted by Act 49 of 1951, sec. 44 and the Fifth Schedule.

4. Certain words omitted by Act 27 or 1956, sec. 30.

5. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 30, for., until such date as the Election Commission may specify in this behalf’.

Section 54. Special procedure at elections in constituencies where seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribes

Rep. by there Representation of the people (Amendment) Act, 1961 (40 of 1961), sec. 12 (w.e.f 20-9-1961)

Section 55. Eligibility of members of Scheduled castes or Scheduled Tribes to hold seats not reserved for those castes or tribes

For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that a member of the Scheduled Castes or of the Scheduled Tribes shall not be disqualified to hold a seat not reserved for member, of those castes or tribes, if lie is otherwise qualified to hold such seats under the Constitution and this Act 1[or under the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (120 of 1963), as the case may be.]

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1. Ins. by Act 20 of 1063, sec. 57 and the Second Schedule. The words “or under the Government of Part (‘ States Act, 1951 (40 of 195 1), as the case may be” ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 32, and omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

Section 55 A. Retirement from contest at elections in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies

1[Retirement from contest at elections in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies. Rep. by the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1958 (58 of 1958, sec. 22

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1. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 33,

Section 56. Fixing time for poll

The 1[Election Commission] shall fix the hours during which the poll will be taken; and the hours so fixed shall be published in such manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that the total period allotted on any one day for polling at in election and Parliamentary or Assembly constituency shall not be less than eight hours.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 34, for Appropriate authority”

Section 57. Adjournment of poll in emergencies

(1) If at an election the proceedings at any polling station provided under section 25 or at the place fixed under subsection (1) of’ section 29 for the poll are interrupted or obstructed by any riot or open violence, or if at an election it is not possible to take the poll it any polling station or such place on account of any natural calamity, or any other sufficient cause the presiding officer for such polling station or the returning officer presiding over such place, as the case may be, shall a Bounce an adjournment of the poll to a date to be notified later, and where the poll is so adjourned by a presiding officer, he shall forthwith inform the returning officer concerned.

(2) Whenever a poll is adjourned under subsection (1), the returning officer shall immediately report the circumstances to the appropriate authority and the Election Commission and shall, as soon as may be, with the previous approval of the Election Commission appoint the day on which the poll shall recommence, and fix the polling station or place at which, and the hours during which, the poll will be taken, and shall not count the votes cast at such election until such adjourned poll shall have been completed.

(3) In every such case as aforesaid; the returning officer shall notify in such manner as the Election Commission may direct the date, place and hours of polling fixed under subsection (2).

Section 58. Fresh poll in the case of destruction, etc., of ballot boxes

1[Fresh poll in the case of destruction, etc., of ballot boxes. (1) If at any election, -

(a) Any ballot box used at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll is unlawfully taken out of the custody of the presiding officer or the returning officer, or is accidentally or intentionally destroyed or lost, or is damaged or tampered with, to such an extent, that the result of the poll at the polling station or place cannot be ascertained; or

2[(aa) Any voting machine develops a mechanical failure during the course of the recording of votes; or]

(b) Any such error or irregularity in procedure as is likely to vitiate the poll is committed at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll,

The returning officer shall forthwith report the matter to the Election Commission.

(2) Thereupon the Election Commission shall, after taking all material circumstances into account; either-

(a) Declare the poll at that polling station or place to be void, appoint a day, and fix the hours, for taking a fresh poll at that polling station or place and notify the day so appointed and the hours so fixed in such manner as it may deem fit, or

(b) If satisfied that the result of a fresh poll at that polling station or place will not in anyway, affect the result of the election or that 3[the mechanical failure of the voting machine or] the error or irregularity in procedure is not material, issue such directions to the returning officer as it may deem proper for the further conduct and completion of the election.

(3) The provisions of this Act and of any rules or orders made thereunder shall apply to every such fresh poll as they apply to the original poll.]

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1. Sub. by Act 40 or 1961, sec. 13, for section 58 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

2. Ins. by Act 1 of 1989, sec. 9 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989)

3. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 9 (w.e.f’. 15-3-1989)

Section 58 A. Adjournment of poll or countermanding of election on the ground of booth capturing

1[Adjournment of poll or countermanding of election on the ground of booth capturing. (1) If at any election, -

(a) Booth capturing has taken place at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll (hereafter in this section referred to as a place) in such a manner that the result of the poll at that polling station or place cannot be ascertained; or

(b) Booth capturing takes place in any place for counting of votes in such a manner that the result of the counting at that place cannot be ascertained,

The returning officer shall forthwith report the matter to the Election Commission.

(2) The Election Commission shall, on the receipt of a report from the returning officer under subsection (1) and after taking all material circumstances into account, either, -

(a) Declare that the poll at that polling station or place be void, appoint a day, and fix the hours, for taking fresh poll at that polling station or place and notify the date so appointed and hours so fixed in such manner as it may deem fit; or

(b) If satisfied that in view of the large number of polling stations or places involved in booth capturing the result of the election is likely to be affected, or that booth capturing had affected counting of votes in such a manner as to affect the result of the election, countermand the election in that constituency.

Explanation- In this section, “booth capturing” shall have the same meaning as in section 135A.]

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1. Ins. by Act 1 of 1989, sec. 10 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

Section 59. Manner of voting at elections

At every election where a poll is taken votes shall be given by ballot in such manner as may be prescribed, and no votes shall be received by proxy.

Section 60. Special procedures for voting by certain classes of persons

Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions contained in section 59, provision may be made by rules made under this Act for enabling, -

(a) Any of the following persons to give his vote by postal ballot, and not in any other manner, at an election in a constituency where a poll is taken, namely:

1[(i) Any person to whom the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 20 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950) apply;

(ii) The wife of any such person as is referred to in sub-clause (i) to whom the provisions of sub-section (6) of the said section 20 apply;]

(b) Any person subjected to preventive detention under any law for the time being in force to give his vote by postal ballot, and not in any other manner, at an election in a constituency where a poll is taken, subject to the fulfilment of such requirements as may be specified in those rules.

2[(c) Any person belonging to a class of persons notified by the Election Commission in consultation with the Government to give his vote by postal ballot, and not in any other manner, at an election in a constituency where a poll is taken subject to the fulfilment of such requirements as may be specified in those rules.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 33, for sub-clauses (i), (iii) and (iv). Sub-clause (ii) was omitted by Act 58 of 1959, sec. 24.

2. Ins. by Act 30 of 1999, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 21-6-1999).

Section 61. Special procedure for preventing personation of electors

1[Special procedure for preventing personation of electors. With a view to preventing personation of electors provision may be made by rules made under this Act: -

(a) For the making with indelible ink of the thumb or any other finger of every elector who applies for a ballot paper or ballot papers for the purpose of voting at a polling station before delivery of such paper or papers to him;

(b) For the production before the presiding officer or a polling officer of a polling station by every such elector as aforesaid of the identity card before the delivery of a ballot paper or ballot papers to him if under rules made in that behalf under the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950), electors of the constituency in which the polling station is situated have been supplied with identity cards with or without their respecting photographs attached thereto; and

(c) For prohibiting the delivery of any ballot paper to any person for voting, at a polling station if at the time such person applies for such paper he has already such a mark on his thumb or any other finger or does not produce on demand his identity card before the presiding officer or a polling officer of the poling station].

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 25, for section 61.

Section 61 A. Voting machines at elections

1[Voting machines at elections. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or the rules made thereunder, the giving and recording of votes by voting machines in such manner as may be prescribed, may be adopted in such constituency or constituencies as the Election Commission may, having regard to the circumstances of each case, specify.

Explanation For the purpose of this section, “voting machine” means any machine or apparatus whether operated electronically or otherwise used for giving or recording of votes and any reference to a ballot box or ballot paper in this Act or the rules made thereunder shall, save as otherwise provided, be construed as including a reference to such voting machine wherever such voting machine is used at any election.]

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1. Ins. by Act 1 of 1989, sec. 11 (w.e.f 15-3-1989).

Section 62. Right to vote

(1) No person who is not, and except as expressly provided by the Act, every person who is, for the time being entered in the electoral roll of any constituency shall be entitled to vote in that constituency.

(2) No person shall vote at an election in any constituency if he is subject to any of the disqualifications referred to in section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950).

(3) No person shall vote at a general election in more than one constituency of the same class, and if a person votes in more than one such constituency, his votes in all such constituencies shall be void.

(4) No person shall at any election vote in the same constituency more than once, not withstanding that his name may have been registered in the electoral roll for the constituency more than once, and if he does so vote, all his votes in that constituency shall be void.

(5) No person shall vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence of imprisonment or transportation or otherwise, or is in the lawful custody of’ the police:

Provided that nothing in this subsection shall apply to a person subjected to preventive detention under any law for the time being in force.

Section 63. Method of voting

Rep. By the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1961 (40 of 1961), sec. 14 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)

Section 64. Counting or votes

At every election where a poll is taken, votes shall be counted by or under the 1[supervision and direction] of, the returning officer, and each 2[contesting candidate], his election agent and his 3[counting agents], shall have a tight to be present at the time of counting.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, see. 36, for “supervision”.

2. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958 sec. 26, for “candidate”.

3. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 36, for “counting agent”.

Section 64 A. Destruction, loss, etc., or ballot papers at the time of counting

1[Destruction, loss, etc., or ballot papers at the time of counting. (1) If at any time before the counting of votes is completed any ballot papers used at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll are unlawfully taken out of the custody of the returning officer or are accidentally or intentionally destroyed or lost or are damaged or tampered with, to such an extent that the result of the poll at that polling station or place cannot be ascertained, the returning officer shall forthwith report the matter to the Election Commission.

(2) Thereupon, the Election Commission shall, after taking all material

circumstances into account, either-

(a) Direct that the counting of votes shall be stopped, declare the poll at that polling station or place to be void, appoint a day, and fix the hours, for taking a fresh poll at that polling station or place and notify the date so appointed and hours so fixed in such manner as it may deem fit, or

(b) If satisfied that the result of a fresh poll at that polling station or place will not in any way, affect the result of the election, issue such directions to the returning officer as it may deem proper for the resumption and completion of the counting and for the further conduct and completion of the election in relation to which the votes have been counted.

(3) The provisions of this Act and of any rules or orders made thereunder shall apply to every such fresh poll as the apply to tire original poll.]

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 34, (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 65. Equality of votes

If after the counting of the votes is completed, an equality of votes is found to exist between any candidates, and the addition of one vote will entitle any of those candidates to be declared elected, the returning officer shall forthwith decide between those candidates by lot, and proceed as if the candidate on whom the lot falls had received an additional vote.

Section 66. Declaration of results

When the counting of the votes has been completed, the returning officer 1[shall, in tire absence of any direction by the Election Commission to the contrary, forthwith declare] the result of the election in the manner provided by this Act or the rules trade thereunder

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1. Subs. By Act 47 of 1966, sec. 35, for “shall forthwith declare” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

Section 67. Report of the result

As soon as may be after the result of all election has been declared, the returning officer shall report the result to the appropriate authority and the Election Commission, and in the case of air election to a House of Parliament or of the Legislature of’ a State also to the Secretary of that House, and the appropriate authority shall cause to he published in file Official Gazelle the declarations containing the names of tire elected candidates.

Section 67 A. Date of election of candidate

1[Date of election of candidate. For the purposes of this Act, file date on which candidate is declared by the returning officer under the provisions of section 53, 2[***], 3[* * *], or section 66, to be elected to a House of Parliament or of the Legislature of a State shall be the date of election of that candidate.

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1. Ins. By Act 27 of 1956, sec. 37

2. The word and figures “section 54” omitted by Act 40 of’ 1961, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

3. The word, figures and letter “section 55A” omitted by Act 58 or 1958, sec. 27.

Section 68. Vacation of seats when elected to both Houses or Parliament

(1) Any person who is chosen member of both the Houses of the People and the Council of States and who has not taken his seat in either House relay, by notice in writing signed by him and delivered to the Secretary to the Election Commission 1[within ten days from the date, or the liter of the dates, on which lie is so chosen, intimate in which of the Houses he wishes to serve, and thereupon, his scat in the House in which he does not wish to serve shall become vacant.

(2) In default of such intimation within the aforesaid period, his seat in the Council of States shall, at the expiration of that period become vacant.

(3) Any intimation given under subsection (1) shall be final and irrevocable.

2[(4) For the purposes of this section and of section 69, the date on which a person is chosen to be a member of either House of Parliament shall be in the case of an elected member, the date of his election and in the case of a nominated member, the date of first publication in the Gazette of India of his nomination.]

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1. Subs. By Act 27 of 1956, sec. 38, for certain words.

2. Ins. By Act 27 of’ 1956, sec. 38

Section 69. Vacation of seats by pet-sons already members of one House on election to other House of Parliament

(1) If a person who is already a member of the House of the People and has taken his seat in such House is chosen a member of the Council of States, his seat in the House of the People shall 1[on the date on which he is so chosen], become vacant.

(2) If a person who is already a member of the Council of States and has taken his seat in such Council is chosen a member of the House of the People, his seat in the Council of States shall 1[on the date on which he is so chosen], become vacant.

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1. Sub. By Act 27 of 1056, sec. 39, for certain words.

Section 70. Election to more than one seat in either House of Parliament or in the House or either- House of the Legislature of a State

If a person is elected to more than one seat in either House of Parliament or in the House or either House of the Legislature of a State, then, unless within the prescribed time he resigns all but one of the seats 1[by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker or Chairman, as the case may be, or to such other authority or officer as may be prescribed], all the seats shall become vacant.

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1. Ins. By Act 27 of’ 1956, see. 40.

Section 71. Publication results of elections to the Council of States and of names of persons nominated by the President

1[Publication results of elections to the Council of States and of names of persons nominated by the President. After the elections held in any year in pursuance of the notifications issued under section 12, there shall be notified by the appropriate authority in the Official Gazette the names of members elected by the elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the States and by the members of the electoral colleges for the various 2[Union] territories at the said elections together with the names of any persons nominated by the President to the Council of States under sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 or under any other provisions.

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1. Sub by Act 27 of’ 1956, sec. 41, for sections 71 to 75.

2. Sub. By the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for “Part C States”

Section 72. Publication or results of elections for the reconstitution of electoral colleges for certain Union territories

Rep. by the Territorial Councils Act, 1956 (103 of 1956), sec. 66

Section 73. Publication of results of general elections to the House of the People and the State Legislative Assemblies

Where a general election is held for the purpose of constituting a new House of the People or a new State Legislative Assembly, there shall be notified by 1[the Election Commission] in the Official Gazette, as soon as may be after 2[the results of the elections in in the constituencies] other than these in which the poll could not be taken for any reason on the date originally fixed under clause (d) of section 30 or for which the time for completion of the election has been extended under the provisions of section 53 have been declared by the returning officer under the provisions of section 53 or, as the case may be section 66, the names of the members elected for those constituencies] 3[* ** ] and upon the issue of such notification that House or Assembly shall be deemed to be duly constituted:

Provided that the issue of such notification such not be deemed

4[(a) To preclude-

(i) The taking of the poll and the completion of the election in any Parliamentary or Assembly constituency or constituencies in which the poll could not be taken for any reason on the date originally fixed under clause (d) of section 30; or

(ii) The completion of the election in any Parliamentary or Assembly constituency or constituencies for which time has been extended under the provisions of section 153; or]

(b) To affect the duration of the House of the People or the State Legislative Assembly, if any, functioning immediately before the issue of the said notifications

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1. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 16, for “the appropriate authority” (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

2. Subs. by Act 10 of 1967, sec. 2, for certain words.

3. Certain words omitted by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 16, (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

4. Subs by Act 10 of 1967, sec. 2, for clause (a).

Section 73 A. Special provision as to certain elections

1[Special provision as to certain elections. Notwithstanding anything containedinsection73 or in any other provision of this Act, with respect to the general election for the purpose of constituting a New House of the People upon dissolution of’ the Ninth House of the People,-

(a) The notification under section 73 may be issued without taking into account the Parliamentary constituencies in the State of Jammu and Kashmir; and

(b) The Election Commission may take the steps in rotation to election from the Parliamentary constituencies in the State of Jammu and Kashmir; separately and in such timing and on such date or dates is it may deem appropriate.]

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1. Subs. by Act 31 of 1991, see. 2, for sections 73A and 73AA (w.e.f. 18-4-1991)

Section 74. Publication of results of elections to the State Legislative Councils and of names of persons nominated to such Councils

After the elections held 1[in pursuance of the notifications issued under section 15A or ] in any year in pursuance of the notifications issued under section 16, there shall he notified by the appropriate authority in the Official Gazette the names of the member elected for the elected for the various Council constituencies and by the member of the Legislative Assembly of the State at the said elections together with the names of any persons nominated by the Governor 2[***] under sub-clause (e) of clause (3) of article 171.]

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1. Ins. by Act 37 of 1957, sec. 13.

2. The words “or Rajpramukh, as the case fairly be” omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956

Section 76. Application of Chapter

1[Application of Chapter. This Chapter shall apply only to the elections to the House of the People and to the Legislative Assembly of a State.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 42, for sections 76 to 78.

Section 77. Account of election expenses and maximum thereof

(1) Every candidate at air election shall, either by himself or by his election agent, keep a separate and correct account of all expenditure in connection with the election incurred or authorized by him or by his election agent between 1[the date on which he has been nominated] and the date of declaration of the result thereof, both dates inclusive.

2[Explanation 1.Notwithstanding any judgment, order or decision of any Court to the contrary, any expenditure incurred or authorized in connection with the election of a candidate by a political party or by any other association or body of persons or by ,my individual (other than the candidate or his election agent) shall not be deemed to be, and shall not ever be deemed to have been, expenditure in connection with the election incurred or authorized by the candidate or by his election agent for the purposes of this subsection:

Provided target nothing contained in this Explanation shall affect-

(a) Any judgment, order or decision of the Supreme Court whereby the election of a candidate to the House of the People or to the Legislative Assembly of a State his been declared void or set aside before the commencement of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Ordinance, 1974 (Ord. 13 of 1974);

(b) Any judgment, order or decision of a High Court whereby the election of any such candidate has been declared void or set aside before the commencement it of’ the said Ordinance if no appeal has been preferred to the Supreme Court before such judgment, order or decision of the High Court before such commencement and the period of limitation for filing such appeal has expired before such commencement.

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4[Explanation 3.For the removal of doubt, it is hereby declared that any expenditure incurred in respect of any arrangements made, facilities provided or any other act or thing done by any person in the service of the Government and belonging to any of the classes mentioned in clause (7) of section 123 in the discharge or purported discharge of his official duty as mentioned in the proviso to that clause shall not be deemed to be expenditure in connection with the election incurred or authorized by a candidate or by his election agent for the purposes of this subsection.]

(2) The account shift contain such particulars, as may be prescribed.

(3) The total of the said expenditure shall not exceed such amount as may be prescribed.

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1. Subs. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 6, for, certain words (retrospectively).

2. Ins. by Act 59 of 1974, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 19-10-1974).

3. Explanation 2 omitted by Act of 1989, sec. 12 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

4. Ins. by Act 40 of’ 1075, sec. 6 (retrospectively)

Section 78. Lodging of account with the district election officer

1[(1)] Every contesting candidate at an election shall, within thirty days from the dale of election of the returned candidate or, if there are more than one returned candidate at the election and the dates of their election are different, the later of those two dates, lodge with the 2[district, election officer] an account of his election expenses which shall be a true copy of the account kept by him or by his election agent under section 77.]

3[(2) The reference to the district election officer in subsection (1) shall, in relation to a constituency in a Union territory, he construed as a reference to the returning officer for that constituency.]

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1. Section 78 renumbered as sub-section (1) of that section by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 36.

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 36, for “returning officer”.

3. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 36.

Section 79. Definitions

In this Part and in 1[Part VIII unless the context otherwise requires, -

2[(a) Any reference to a High Court or to the Chief Justice or Judge of a High Court shall, in rotation to a Union territory having a Court of the Judicial Commissioner, be construed as a reference to the said Court of the Judicial Commissioner or to the Judicial Commissioner or any Additional Judicial Commissioner, as the case may be;]

3[(b) “Candidate” means a person who has been or claims to have been duly nominated as a candidate at any election;]

(c) “Costs” means all costs, charges and expenses of, or incidental to, a trial of an election petition;

(d) “Electoral right” means the right of a person to stand or not to stand as, or 4[to withdraw or not to withdraw] from being, a candidate, or to vote or refrain from voting at all election;

5[(e) “High Court” means the High Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the election to which the election petition relates has been held; ]

(f) “Returned candidate” means a candidate whose name has been published under section 67 as duly elected.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 37, for “Parts VII and VIII”.

2. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 37, original clause (a) was omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 43.

3. Subs. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 7 for clause (b) (retrospectively).

4. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 37, for “to withdraw”(w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

5. Subs. By Act 47 of 1966, sec. 37 for claluse (e) (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

Section 80. Election petitions

Chapter II. Presentation of Election Petitions to 1[High Court]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39, for “Election Commission” (w.e.f. 14-12-966).

80. Election petitions.

No election shall be called in question except by all election petition presented in accordance with the provisions of this Part.

Section 80 A. High Court to try election petitions

1[High Court to try election petitions. (1) The Court having jurisdiction to try an election petition shall be the High Court.

(2) Such jurisdiction shall be exercised ordinarily by a single Judge of the High Court and the Chief Justice, shall, from time to time, assign one or more Judges for that purpose:

Provided that where the High Court consists only of one Judge, he shall try all election petitions presented to that Court.

(3) The High Court in its discretion may, in the interests of justice or convenience, try all election petition, wholly or partly, at a place other than the piece of seat of the High Court.]

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 38 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 81. Presentation of petitions

(1) An election petition calling in question any election may be presented on one or more of the grounds specified in 1[sub-section (1)] of section 100 and section 101 to the 2[High Court] by any candidate at such election or any elector 3[within forty-five days from, but not earlier than the date of election of the returned candidate or if there are more than one returned candidate at the election and dates of their election are different, the later of those two dates].

Explanation. In this subsection, “elector” means a person who was entitled to vote at the election to which the election petition relates, whether he has voted at such election or not.

4[***]

5[(3) Every election petition shall be accompanied by as many copies thereof as there are respondents mentioned in the petition 6[***] and every such copy shall be attested by the petitioner under his own signature to be a true copy of the petition.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 44, for “sub-sections (1) and (2)”

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 for “Election Commission” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

3. Subs. by Act 27 of 19S6, sec. 44, for certain words.

4. Sub-section (2) omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

5. Ins. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 17 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

6. Certain words omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 82. Parties of the petition

1[Parties of the petition. A petitioner shall join as respondents to his petition-

(a) Where the petitioner, in addition to claiming declaration that the election of all or any of the returned candidates is void, claims a further declaration that he himself or any other candidate has been duly elected, all the contesting candidates other than the petitioner and where no such further declaration is claimed, all the returned candidates; and

(b) Any other candidate against whom allegations of any corrupt practice are made in the petition]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 45, for section 82.

Section 83. Contents of petition

1[Contents of petition. (1) An election petition-

(a) Shall contain a concise statement of the material facts on which the petitioner relies;

(b) Shall set forth full particulars of any corrupt practice that the petitioner alleged including as full statement as possible of the names of the parties alleged to have commission such corrupt practice and the date and place of the commission of each such practice; and

(c) Shall be signed by the petitioner and verified in the manner laid down in the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) for the verification of pleadings:

2[Provided that where the petitioner alleges any corrupt practice, the petition shall also be accompanied by all affidavit in the prescribed form in support of the allegation of such corrupt practice and the particulars thereof.]

(2) Any schedule or annexure to the petition shall also be signed by the petitioner and verified in the same matter as the petition.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956 sec. 46, for section 83.

2. Ins. by Act 40 of 196 1, sec. 18 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).

Section 84. Relief that may be claimed by the petitioner

1[Relief that may be claimed by the petitioner. A petitioner may, in addition to claiming a declaration that the election of all orally of the returned candidates is void, claim a further declaration that he himself or any other candidate has been duly elected

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, see. 47, for section 84

Section 85. Procedure on receiving petition

Rep. by the Representation of the people (Amendment) Act, 1966 (47 of 1966), sec. 40

Section 86. Trial of election petitions

1[Trial of election petitions. (1) The High Court shall dismiss all election petition which does not comply with the provisions of section 81 or section 82 or section 117.

Explanation. An order of the High Court dismissing all election petition under this sub-section shall he deemed to be an order made under clause (a) of section 98.

(2) As soon as any be after an election petition has been presented to the High Court, it shall be referred to the judges who has or have been assigned by file Chief Justice for the trial of election petitions under sub-section (2) of section 80A.

(3) Where more election petitions than one are presented lo the High Court in respect of the same election, all of them shall be referred for trial to the same judge who may, in his discretion, try them separately or in one or more groups.

(4) Any candidate not already a respondent shift, upon application made by him to the High Court within fourteen days front the date of commencement of the trial and subject to any order as to security for costs which may be made by the High Court, be entitled to be joined as a respondent.

Explanation. For the purposes of this subsection and of section 97, the trial of a petition shall be deemed to commence on the date fixed for file respondents to appear before the High Court and answer the claim or claim made in the petition.

(5) The High Court may, upon such terms as to costs and otherwise as it may deem fit, allow the particulars of any corrupt practice alleged in the petition to be amended or amplified in such manner as in may in its opinion be necessary for ensuring a fair and effective trial of the petition, but shall not allow any amendment of the petition which will have the effect of introducing particulars of a corrupt practice not previously alleged it) the petition.

(6) The trial of an election petition shall, so far as is practicable consistently with the interests of justice in respect of the trial be continued from day to day until its conclusion, unless the High Court finds the adjournment of the trial beyond the following day to be necessary for reasons lo be recorded.

(7) Every election petition shall be tried as expeditiously as possible and endeavour shall be made to conclude the trial within six months front the date on which the election petition is presented to the High Court for trial.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 41, for sections 86 to 92 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

Section 87. Procedure before the High Court

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of any rules made thereunder, every election petition shall he tried by the High Court, as nearly as may be, in accordance with the procedure applicable under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of’ 1908) to the trial of suits:

Provided that the High Court shall have the discretion to refuse, for reasons to be recorded in writing, to examine any witness or witnesses if it is of the opinion that the evidence of such witness or witnesses is not material for the decision of petition or that the party tendering such witness or witnesses is doing so on frivolous grounds or with a view to delay the proceedings.

(2) The provisions of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (1 of 1872), shall subject to the provisions of this Act, be deemed to apply in all respects to the trial of an election petition.]

Section 93. Documentary evidence

Notwithstanding anything in any enactment to the contrary, no document shall be inadmissible in evidence at the trial of an election petition on the ground that it is not duly stamped or registered.

Section 94. Secrecy or voting not to be infringed

No witness or other person shall be required to state for whom he his voted at an election.

Section 95. Answering of criminating questions and certificate of indemnity

(1) No witness shall be excused from answering any question as to any matter relevant to a matter in issue in the trial of an election petition upon the ground that the answer to such question may criminate or may lend to criminate him, or that it may expose or may tend to expose him to any penalty or forfeiture:

Provided that-

(a) A witness, who answers truly all questions which he is required to answer shall be entitled to receive a certificate of certificate of indemnity from 1[the High Court]; and

(b) An answer given by a witness to a question put by or before 1[the High Court] shall not, except in the case of any criminal proceeding for perjury in respect of the evidence, be admissible in evidence against in any civil or criminal proceeding.

(2) When a certificate of indemnity has been granted to any witness, it may be pleaded by him in any Court and shall be a full and complete defence to or upon any charge under Chapter IXA of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860), or Pail VII of this Act arising out of the matter to which such certificate relates, but it shall not be deemed to relieve him front any disqualification in connection with an election imposed by this Act or any other law.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f 14-12-1966)

Section 96. Expenses or witnesses

The reasonable expenses incurred by any person in attending to give evidence may be allowed by 1[the High Court to such person and shall, unless 1[the High Court] otherwise directs, be deemed to be part of the costs.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966.)

Section 97. Recrimination when seat claimed

(1) When in an election petition a declaration that any candidate other than the returned candidate has been duly elected is claimed, the returned candidate or any other party may give evidence to prove that the election of such candidate would have been void if he hid beer the returned candidate and a petition had been presented calling in question his election:

Provided that the returned candidate or such other party, as aforesaid shall not be entitled to give such evidence unless he has, within fourteen days from the date of’ 1[commencement of the trial], given notice to 2[the High Court] of his intention to do so and has also given the security and the further security referred to in sections 117 and 118 respectively.

(2) Every notice referred to in sub-section (I) shall be accompanied by the statement and 3[***] particulars required by section 83 in the case of an election petition and shall be signed and verified in like manner.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 52, for “the publication of the election petition under section 90”.

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sea. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

3. The words “list of” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 52.

Section 98. Decision of the High Court

At the conclusion of the trial of the an election petition 1[the High Court] shall make in order-

(a) Dismissing the election petition; or

(b) Declaring the election of 2[all or any of the returned candidates] to be void; or

(c) Declaring the election of 4[all or any of the returned candidates] to be void and the petitioner or any other candidate to have been duly elected 3[***]

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1 Subs by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966.)

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 53, for “the returned candidate”.

3. The word “or” and clause (d) omitted by Act 27 of’ 1956, sec. 53.

Section 99. Other orders to he made by the High Court

(1) All the time of making an order under section 98 1[the High Court] shall also make an order-

2[(a) Where any charge is made in the petition of any corrupt practice having been Committed at the election, recording-

(i) Finding whether any corrupt practice has or has not been proved to hive been committed 3[***] at election, and the nature of that corrupt practice; and

(ii) The names of all persons, if any, who have been proved at the trial to have been guilty of any corrupt practice and the nature of that practice; and]

(b) Fixing the total amount of cost payable and specifying the persons by and to whom costs shall be paid:

Provided that 4[a person who is not a party to the petition shall not be named] in the order under sub-clause (ii) of clause (a) unless-

(a) He has been given notice to appear before 5[the High Court] and to show cause why lie should not be so named; and

(b) If he appears in pursuance of the notice, he has been given an opportunity of cross-examining any witness who his already been examined by 6[the High Court] and his given evidence against him, of calling evidence in his defence and of being heard.

7[(2) In this section and in section I 00, the expression “agent” has the same meaning as in section 123.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-15-1966.)

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 54, for clause (a).

3. Certain words omitted try Act 58, sec. 29.

4. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 54, for “no person shall be named”.

5. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

6. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sea. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

7. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 54, for subsection (2).

Section 100. Grounds for declaring election to be void

1[ (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) if 2[the High court] is of opinion-

(a) That on the date of his election a returned candidate was not qualified, or was disqualified, to be chosen to fill the seat under the Constitution or this Act 3[or the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963)]; or

(b) That any corrupt practice has been continued by a retuned candidate or his election agent or by other person with the consent of retuned candidate or his election agent; or

(c) That any nomination has been improperly rejected; or

(d) That the result of the election, in so far as it concerns a returned candidate, has been materially affected-

(i) By the improper acceptance or any nomination, or

(ii) By any corrupt practice committed in the interests of the returned candidate 4[by an agent other than his election agent], or

(iii) By the improper reception, refusal or rejection of any vote or the reception of any vote which is void, or

(iv) By any noncompliance with the provisions of the Constitution or of’ this Act or of any rules or orders made under this Act,

5[the High Court] shall declare the election of the returned candidate to be void.]

6[(2) If in the opinion of 5[the High Court], a returned candidate has been guilty by an agent other than his election agent, of any corrupt practice 7[* **] but 5[the High Court] is satisfied-

(a) That no such corrupt practice was committed at there election by the candidate or his election agent, and every such corrupt practice was committed contrary to the order, and 8[without the consent], of the candidate or his election agent;

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(c) That the candidate and his election agent took all reasonable means for preventing the commission of corrupt 10[***] practices at the election: and

(d) That in all other respects the election was free from any corrupt 10[* * *], practice on the part of’ the candidate or any of his agents,

Then 5[the High Court] may decide fiat the election of the returned candidate is not void.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of’ 1056, sec. 55, for sub-sections (1) and (2)

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1966, sea. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

3. Ins. by Act 20 of I963, sec. 57 and the Second Schedule, the words “or the Government of Part C States Act, 1951 (49 of 1951)” were omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No.2) Order, 1956

4. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 30, words.

5. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f.14-12-1966)

6. Sub-section (3) renumbered as sub-section (2) by Act 27 of’ 1956, sec. 55

7. The words and figures “specified in section 123” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 55.

8. Subs. by Act 27 of’ 1956, sec. 55, for “without the sanction or connivance”

9. Clause (1)) omitted by Act 58 or 1958, sec. 30

10. The words “or illegal” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 55.

Section 101. Grounds for which a candidate other than the returned candidate may be declared to have been elected

If any person who has lodged a petition has, in addition to calling in question the election of the returned candidate, claimed a declaration that he himself or any other candidate has been duly elected and 1[the High Court] is of opinion-

(a) That in fact the petitioner or such other candidate received a majority of the valid votes; or

(b) That but for the votes obtained by the returned candidate by corrupt 2[* * *] practices the petitioner or such other candidate would have obtained a majority of the valid votes,

3[the High Court] shall, after declaring the election of the returned candidate to be void declare the petitioner or such other candidate, as the case may be, to have been duly elected.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f.14-12-1966)

2. The words “or illegal” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 56.

3. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 102. Procedure in case of an equality of votes

If during the trial of an election petition it appears that there is all equality of votes between any candidates at the election and that the addition of a vote would entitle any of those candidates to be declared elected, then-

(a) Any decision made by the returning officer under the provisions of this act shall, in so far as it determines the question between those candidates, be effective also for the purposes of the petition; and

(b) In so for as that question is not determined by such a decision 1[the High court] shall decide between them by lot and proceed as if the one on whom the lot then falls had received an additional vote.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 103. Communication of orders or the High Court

1[Communication of orders or the High Court. The High Court shall, as soon as may be after the conclusion of the trial of all election petition, Ultimate the substance of the decision to the Election Commission and the Speaker or Chairman, as the case may be, of the House of Parliament or of the State Legislature concerned and, as soon as may be thereafter, shall send to the Election Commission an authenticated copy of the decision.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1066, sec. 43, for section 103 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 104. Difference of opinion among the members of the Tribunal

Rep. By the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Act, 1956 (27 of 1956), sec. 57.

Section 105. Orders of the ‘Tribunal to be final and conclusive

Rep. by the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Act, 1956 (27 of 1956), sec. 58

Section 106. Transmission or order to the appropriate authority, etc., and its publication

As soon as may be after the receipt of any order made by 1[the High Court] under section 98 or section 99, the Election Commission shall forward copies of the order to the appropriate authority and, in the case where such order relates to an election 2[* * *] to a House of Parliament or to an election to the House or a House of the Legislature of a State, also to the Speaker or Chairman, as the case may be, of the House concerned and 3[shall cause the order to be published-

(a) Where the order relates to an election to a House of Parliament in the Gazette of India as well as in the Official Gazette of the State concerned; and

(b) Where the order relates to an election to the House or a House of the Legislature of the State, in the Official Gazette of the State]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 42, for “the tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

2. The words and brackets “(other than a primary election)” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 59.

3. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 59, for certain words.

Section 107. Effect of order of the High Court

1[Effect of order of the High Court. 2[(1) Subject to the provisions contained in Chapter IV A relating to the stay of operation of an order of the High Court under section 98 section 99, every such order shall take effect as soon as it is pronounced by the High Court.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 60, for section 107.

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 44, for sub-section (1) (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 108. Withdrawal of petitions before appointment of Tribunal

Rep. by the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1966 (47 of 1966), sec. 45

Section 109. Withdrawal of election petitions

1[Withdrawal of election petitions. (1) An election petition may be withdrawn only by leave of the High Court.

(2) Where an application for withdrawal is made under subsection (1), notice thereof fixing a date for the hearing of the application shall be given to all other parties to the petition and shall be published in the Official Gazette.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 46, for section 109 and 110 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 110. Procedure for withdrawal of election petitioner

(1) If there are more petitioners than one, no application to withdraw an election petition shall be made except with the consent of all the petitioners.

(2) No application for withdrawal shall be granted if, in the opinion of the High Court, such application has been induced by any bargain or consideration which ought not to be allowed.

(3) If the application is granted-

(a) The petitioner shall be ordered to pay the costs of the respondents there to fore incurred or such portion thereof as the High Court may think fit;

(b) The High Court shall direct that the notice of withdrawal shall be published in the Official Gazette and in such other manner as it may specify and thereupon the notice shall be published accordingly;

(c) A person who might himself have been a petitioner may, within fourteen days of such publication, apply to be substituted as petitioner in place of the party within, wing, and upon compliance with the condition, if any, as to security, shall be entitled to be so substituted and to continue the proceedings upon such terms as the Court may deem fit.]

Section 111. Report or withdrawal by the High Court to the Election Commission

When an application for withdrawal is granted by 1[the High Court] and no person has been substituted as petitioner under clause (c) of subsection (3) of section 110, in place of the party withdrawing 1[the High Court] shall report the fact to the Election Commission 2[and thereupon the Election Commission shall publish the report in the Official Gazette].

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1. Subs. by Act 47 o 1966, sec. 47, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f’. 14-12- 1966).

2. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 61.

Section 112. Abatement of election petitions

1[Abatement of election petitions. (1) An election petition shall abate only on the death of a sole petitioner or of the survivor of several petitioners.

(2) Where an election petition abates under sub-section (1), the High Court shall cause the fact to be published in such manner as it may deem tit.

(3) Any person who might himself have been a petitioner may within fourteen days of such publication, apply to be substituted as petitioner and upon compliance with the conditions if any,, as security, shall be entitled to be so substituted and to continue the proceedings upon such terms as the High Court may deem fit.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 48, for sections 112 to 115 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 116. Abatement or substitution on death of respondent

If be fore the conclusion of the trial of an election petition, the sole respondent dies or gives notice that he does not intend to oppose the petition or any of the respondents dies or gives such notice and there is no other respondent who is opposing the petition, 1[the High Court] shall cause notice of such event to be published in the Official Gazette, and thereupon any person who might have been a petitioner may, within fourteen days of such publication, apply to be substituted in place of such respondent to oppose the petition, and shall be entitled to continue the proceedings upon such terms is 1[the High Court] may think tit.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 49, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 116 A. Appeals to Supreme Court

1[CHAPTER IV A.Appeals

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1. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 62.

1[116A. Appeals to Supreme Court

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, an appeal shall lie to the Supreme Court on any question (whether of law or fact) from every order made by a High Court under section 98 or section 99

(2) Every appeal under this Chapter shall be preferred within a period of thirty days from the date of the order of the High Court under section 98 or section 99:

Provided that the Supreme Court may entertain an appeal after the expiry of the said period of thirty days if it is satisfied that the appellant had sufficient, clause for not preferring the appeal within such period.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 50, for section 116A and 116B (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 116 B. Stay of operation of order of High Court

(1) An application may be made to the High Court for stay of operation of an order made by the High Court under section 98 or sections 99 before the expiration of the time allowed for appealing there form and the High Court may, on sufficient cause being shown and on such terms and conditions a it may think fit, stay the operation of the order; but no application for stay shall be made to the High Court after an appeal has been preferred to the Supreme Court.

(2) Where an appeal has been preferred against all order made under section 98 or section 90, the Supreme Court may, on sufficient cause being shown and on such terms and conditions as it may think fit, stay the operation of the order appealed from.

(3) When the operation of all order is stayed by the High Court or as the else may be, the Supreme Court, the order shall be deemed never to have taken effect Under Sub-section (1) of section 107; and a copy of the stay order shall immediately be sent by the High Court on as file else may be, the Supreme Court, to the Election Commission and the Speaker or Chairman, as the case may be, of the House of Parliament or of the State Legislature concerned.

Section 116 C. Procedure in appeal

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of the Rules, if any, a made the re-under every appeal shall be heard and determined by the Supreme Court as nearly as may be in accordance with the procedure applicable to the hearing and determination of an appeal from any final order passed by a High Court in the exercise of its original civil jurisdiction; and all the provisions of the code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5of 1908) and the Rules of the Court (including provisions as to the furnishing of security and execution of any order of the Court) shall, so far as may be, apply in relation to such appeal.

(2) As soon as an appeal is decided, the Supreme Court shall intimate the substance of the decision to the Election Commission and the Speaker of Chairman, as the case may be, of the House of Parliament or of the State Legislature concerned and as soon as may be thereafter shall send to the Election Commission all authenticated copy of the decisions and upon its receipts the Election Commission shall–

(a) Forward copies thereof to the authorities to which copies of the order of the High Court were forwarded under section 160; and

(b) Cause the decision to be published in the Gazette or Gazettes in which that order was published under the said section.]

Section 117. Security for costs

1[Security for costs. (1) At the time of presenting at election petition, the petitioner shall deposit in the High Court in accordance with the Rules of the High Court a suite of two thousand rupees is security for the costs of the petition.

(2) During the course of the tribal of an election petition, the High Court rally, at anytime call upon the petitioner to give such further security for costs as it may direct.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 51, for sections 117, 118, 119, 119A and 120 (w.e.f’. 14-12-1966)

Section 118. Security for costs from a respondent

No person shall be entitled to be joined as a respondent under sub-section (4) of section 86 unless he has given such security for costs as the High Court may direct.

Section 119. Costs

Costs shall be in the discretion of the High Court

Provided that where a petition is dismissed under clause (a) of section 98, the returned candidate shall be entitled to the costs incurred by him in contesting the petition and accordingly the High Court shall make an order for costs in favour of the returned candidate.]

Section 121. Payment of costs out of security deposits and return of such deposits

(1) If in any order as to costs under the provisions of this Part there is a direction for payment of costs by any party to any person, such costs shall, if they have not been already paid, be paid in full, or so far as possible out of the security deposit and the further security deposit, if any, made by such party under this part on an application made in writing in that behalf 1[within a period of one year, from the date of such order] to 2[the High Court] by the person in whose favour the costs have been awarded.

(2) If there is any balance left of any of the said security deposits after payment under subsection (1) of the costs referred to in that subsection, such balance, or where no costs have been awarded or no application is aforesaid has been made within the said period of 3[one year] the whole of the said security deposits may, on an application made in that behalf in Writing to 2[the High Court] by the person by whom the deposits have been made or if such person dies after making such deposits by legal representative of such person, be returned to the said person or to his legal representative, as the case may be.

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of’ 1958, sec. 34, for certain words

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 52, for ‘the Election Commission” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

3. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 34, for “six months”.

Section 122. Execution of orders as to costs

Any order as to costs under the provisions of this part may be produced before the principal civil court of original jurisdiction within the local limits of whose jurisdiction any person directed by such order to pay any sum, of money has a place of residence of business, o where such place is within a presidency town, before the court of small causes having jurisdiction there, and such court shall execute the order or cause the same to be executed in the same manner, and by the same procedure as if it were a decree for the payment of money made by itself in a suit:

Provided that where any such costs or any apportion thereof may be recovered by an application made under subsection (1) of section 121, no application shall lie under this section 1[within a period of one year from the date of such order] unless it is for recovery of the balance of any costs which has been left un realised after an application has been made under that subsection owing to the insufficiency of the amount of the security deposits referred to in that sub-section.

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 35, for certain words.

Section 123. Corrupt practices

PART VII

1[CORRUPT PRACTICES AND ELECTORAL OFFENCES]

2[CHAPTER I. Corrupt Practices

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 65, for the heading “CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES AND ELECTORAL OFFENCES”.

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 66, for Chapters 1 and 11 (sections 123 to 125).

123. Corrupt practices.

The following shall be deemed to be corrupt practices for the purposes of this Act: -

1[(1) “Bribery” that is to say-

(A) Any gift offer or promise by a candidate of his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent of any gratification to any person whomsoever, with the objects, directly or indirectly of inducing-

(a) A person to stand or not to stand as, or 2[to withdraw or not to withdraw] from being a candidate at an election, or

(b) An elector to vote or refrain from voting at an election, or as a reward to-

(i) A person for having so stood or not stood, or for 3[having withdrawn or not having withdrawn] his candidature; or

(ii) An elector for having voted or refrained from voting;

(B)The receipt of, or agreement to receive, any gratification, whether as a motive or a reward

(a) By a person for standing or not standing as, or for 4[withdrawing or not withdrawing] from being, a candidate; or

(b) By any person whomsoever for himself or any other person for voting or refraining from voting, or inducing or attempting to induce any elector to vote or refrain from voting, or any candidate 2[to withdraw or not to withdraw] his candidature.

Explanation

For the purposes of this clause the term “gratification” is not restricted to pecuniary gratifications or gratifications estimable in money and it includes all forms of entertainment and all forms of employment for reward but it does not include the payment of any expenses bona fide incurred at, or for the purpose of, any election and duly entered in the account of election expenses referred to in section 78.]

(2) Undue influence, that is to say, any direct or indirect interference or attempt to interfere on the part of the candidate or his agent, or of any other person 5[with the consent of the candidate or his election agent], with the free exercise of any electoral right:

Provided that-

(a) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of this clause any such person as is referred to therein who-

(i) Thereaters any candidate or any elector, or any person in whom a candidate or an elector interested, with injury of any kind including social ostracism and ex-communication or expulsion from any caste or community; or

(ii) Kinduces or attempts to induce a candidate or an elector to believe that he, or any person in whom he is interested, will become or will be rendered and object of divine displeasure or spiritual censure,

Shall be deemed of interfere with the free exercise of the electoral right of such candidate or elector within the meaning of this clause;

(b) A declaration of public policy, or a promise of public action, or the mere exercise of a legal right without intent of interference within the meaning of this clause.

6[(3) The appeal by a candidate or his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidates or his election agent to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race caste community or language or the use of, or appeal to religious symbols or the use of, or appeal to, national symbol such as the national flag or the national emblem, for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate of for prejudicially affecting the election of bay candidate;

7[Provided that no symbol allotted under this Act to a candidate shall be deemed to be a religious symbol or a national symbol for the purposes of this clause.]

(3A) The promotion of, or attempt to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on ground of religion race caste community or language, by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate.]

8[(3B) The propagation of the practice or the commission of sati or its glorification by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of the candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate.

Explanation- For the purposes of this clause, “sati” and “glorification” in relation to sati shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987].

(4) The publication by a candidate or his agent or by any other person 9[with the consent of the candidate or his election agent], of any statement of fact which is false3, and which he either believes to be false or does not believe to be true, in relation to the personal character or conduct or any candidate in relation to the candidature, or withdrawal, 10[* * *] of a try candidate, being a statement reasonably calculated to prejudice the prospects of that candidate’s election.

(5) The hiring or procuring, whether on payment or otherwise, of any vehicle or vessel by a candidate or his agent or by any other person 11[with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the use of such vehicle or vessel for the free conveyance] of any elector (other than the candidate himself the members of his family or his agent) to or from any polling station provided under section 25 or place fixed under subsection (I ) of section 29 for the poll:

Provided that the hiring of vehicle or vessel by a it elector or by several electors at their joint costs for the purpose of conveying him or them to and from any such polling station or place fixed for the poll shill not be deemed to be in corrupt practice under this clause if the vehicle or vessel so hired is a vehicle or vessel not propelled by mechanical power:

Provided further that the use of any public transport vehicle or vessel orally tramcar or railway carriage by any elector at his own cost for the purpose of going to or coming from any such polling station or place fixed for the poll shall not be deemed to be a corrupt practice under this clause.

Explanation.In this clause, the expression “vehicle” means any vehicle used or capable of being used for the purpose of road transport, whether propelled by mechanical power or otherwise and whether used for driving other vehicles or otherwise.

(6) The incurring or authorizing of expenditure lit contravention of section 77.

(7) The obtaining or procuring or abetting or attempting to obtain or procure by a candidate or his agent or, by any other person 12[With the consent of the candidate or his election agent], any assistance (other than the giving of vote) for the furtherance of the prospects of that candidate’s election 19[from any person whether or not in the service of the Government] and belonging to any of the following classes, namely–

(a) Gazetted officer, -

(b) Stipendiary judges and magistrates;

(c) Members of the armed forces of the Union;

(d) Members of the police forces;

(e) Excise officers;

13[(f) Revenue officers other than village revenue officers known is lambardars malguzars, patels, deshmukhs or by any other name whose duty is to collect land revenue and who are remunerated by a share of, or commission on, the amount of land revenue collected by them but who do not discharge ally police functions; and)

(g) Such other class of’ persons in the service of the Government as may be Prescribed:

20[(h) class of persons in the service of a local authority, university, government company or institution or concern or undertaking appointed or deputed by the Election Commission in connection with the conduct of elections.]

14[Provided that where any person, in the service of the Government and belonging to any of the classes aforesaid, in the discharge or purported discharge of his official duty, makes any arrangements or provides any facilities or does any other act or thing, for, to, or in relation to, any candidate or his agent or any other person acting with the consent of the candidate or his election agent (whether by reason of the office held by the candidate or for any other reason), such arrangement, facilities or act or thing shall not be deemed to be assistance for the furtherance of the prospects of that candidate’s election.]

15[(8) Booth capturing by a candidate or his agent or other person]

Explanation

(1) In this section the expression “agent” includes an election agent a polling agent and any person who is held to have acted as an agent in connection with the election with the consent of the candidate.

(2) For the purposes of clause (7), a person shall be deemed to assist in the furtherance of the prospects of a candidate’s election as an election agent 16[* * *] of that candidate.]

17[(3) For the proposes of clause (7), not withstanding any thing contained in any other law, the publication in the Official Gazette of the appointment, resignation, termination of service, dismissal or removal from service of a person in the service of the Central Government (inclaling a person serving in connection with the administration of a Union territory) or of a State Government shall he conclusive proof-

(i) Of such appointment, resignation, termination of service, dismissal or removal from service, as the case may be, and

(ii) Where the date of taking effect of such appointment, resignation, termination of service, dismissal or removal from service, as the case may be, is stated in such publication, also of the fact that such person was appointed with effect from the said date, or in the case of resignation, termination of service, dismissal or removal from service such person ceased to be in such service with effect from the said date.]

18[(4) For the purposes of clause (8), “booth capturing” shall have the same meaning as in section 135A.]

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 36, for clause (1).

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 53, for “to withdraw” (w.e.f.14-12-1966).

3. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 53, for “having withdrawn” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

4. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 53 for “withdrawing” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

5. Ins. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 36.

6. Subs. by Act 40 of’ 1961, sec. 23, for clause (3) (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)

7. Ins. by Act 40 of 197.5, sec. 8 (retrospectively)

8. Ins. by Act 3 of 1988, sec. 19 (w.e.f. 21-3-1088)

9. Ins by Act 58 of 1058, sec. 36.

10. The words “or retirement from contest” omitted by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 36.

11. Ins. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 36.

12. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966 sec. 53, “for the conveyance”(w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

13. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 36, for sub-clause (f).

14. Ins. by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 8 (retrospectively)

15. Ins. by Act 1 of 1989, sec. 13 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989)

16. The words “or a polling agent or a counting agent” omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 53 (w.e.f. 1412-1966).

17. Added by Act 40 of 1975, sec. 8 (retrospectively)

18. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 13 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989)

19. Subs. by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009.

20. Ins. by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009.

Section 125. Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election

1[Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election. Any person who in connection with an election underlies Act promotes or attempts to promote on grounds of religion, rice, caste, community or language, feelings of enmity or hatred, between different classes of the citizens of India shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

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1. Ins. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 24 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)

Section 126. Prohibition of public meetings during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour ending for conclusion of poll

1[Prohibition of public meetings during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour ending for conclusion of poll. (1) No person shall-

(a) Convene, hold, attend, or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or

(b) Display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus-, or

(c) Propagate any election matter to the public by holding or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the members of the public thereto, in any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area.

(2) Any, person who contravenes the provision of sub-section (l) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

(3) In this section, the expression “election matter” means any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election.]

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1. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 10 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

Section 126 A. Restriction on publication and dissemination of result of exit polls, etc

1[Restriction on publication and dissemination of result of exit polls, etc. (1) No person shall conduct any exit poll and publish or publicise by means of the print or electronic media or disseminate in any other manner, whatsoever, the result of any exit poll during such period, as may be notified by the Election Commission in this regard.

(2) For the purposes of sub-section (1), the Election Commission shall, by a general order, notify the date and time having due regard to the following, namely—

(a) in case of a general election, the period may commence from the beginning of the hours fixed for poll on the first day of poll and continue till half an hour after closing of the poll in all the States and Union territories;

(b) in case of a bye-election or a number of bye-elections held together, the period may commence from the beginning of the hours fixed for poll on and from the first day of poll and continue till half an hour after closing of the poll:

Provided that in case of a number of bye-elections held together on different days, the period may commence from the beginning of the hours fixed for poll on the first day of poll and continue till half an hour after closing of the last poll.

(3) Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this section,—

(a) “exit-poll” means an opinion survey respecting how electors have voted at an election or respecting how all the electors have performed with regard to the identification of a political party or candidate in an election;

(b) “electronic media” includes internet, radio and television including Internet Protocol Television, satellite, terrestrial or cable channels, mobile and such other media either owned by the Government or private person or by both;

(c) “print media” includes any newspaper, magazine or periodical, poster, placard, handbill or any other document;

(d) “dissemination” includes publication in any “print media” or broadcast or display on any electronic media.]

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1. Inserted by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009

Section 126 B. Offences by companies

1[Offences by companies. (1) Where an offence under sub-section (2) of Section 126-A has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation.—For the purpose of this section,—

(a) “Company” means any body corporate, and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and

(b) “Director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.’]

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1. Inserted by Act No. 41 of 2009 w.e.f. 22.12.2009

Section 127. Disturbances at election meetings

(1) Any person who at a public meeting to which this section applies acts, or incites others to act, in a disorderly manner for the purpose of preventing, the transaction of the business for which the meeting was called together, 1[shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2[six months or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees], or with both.]

3[(1A) An offence punishable under subsection (1) shall be cognizable.]

(2) This section applies to any public meeting of a political character held in any constituency between the dates of the issue of a notification under this Act calling upon the constituency to elect a member or members and the date on which such election is held.

(3) If any police officer reasonably suspects any person of committing any offence under sub-section (l), he may requested so to do by the chairman of the meeting, require that person to declare to him immediately his name and address and. if that person refuses or fails so to declare his name and address or if the police officer reasonably suspects him of giving a false name or address, the police officer may arrest him without warrant.

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1. Subs. by Act I of 1989, sec. 14, words (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

2. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 11 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

3. Ins. By Act 21 of 1996, sec. 11 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996)

Section 127 A. Restrictions on the printing of pamphlets, posters, etc

1[Restrictions on the printing of pamphlets, posters, etc. (1) No person shall print or publish or cause to be printed or published, any election pamphlet or poster which does not bear on its face the names and addresses of the printer and the publisher thereof

(2) No person shall print or cause to be printed any election pamphlet or poster-

(a) Unless a declaration as to the identity, of the publisher thereof, signed by him, and attested by two persons to whom he is personally known, is delivered by, him to the printer ‘in duplicate; and

(b) Unless, within a reasonable time after the printing of the document, one copy of’ the declaration is sent by, the printer, together with one copy of the document.

(i) Where it is printed in the capital of the State. to the Chief Electoral Officer, and

(ii) In any other case, to the district magistrate of the district in which it is printed.

(3) For the purposes of this section, -

(a) Any process for multiplying copies of a document, other than copying it by hand, shall be deemed to be, printing and the expression “printer” shall be construed accordingly; and

(b) “Election pamphlet or poster” means any printed pamphlet, hand-bill or other document distributed for the purpose of promoting or prejudicing the election of a candidate or group of candidates orally placard or poster having reference to all election, but does not include any handbill, placard or poster merely announcing the date, time, place and other particulars of an election meeting or routine instructions to election agents or workers.

(4) Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of sub-section (1) or subsection (2) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend lo six months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.]

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1. Ins. By Act 40 of 1961, sec. 26 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)

Section 128. Maintenance of secrecy of voting

(1) Every officer, clerk, agent or other person who performs any duty in connection with the recording or counting of votes at an election shall maintain, and aid in maintaining, the secrecy of the voting and shall not (except for some purpose authorized by or under any law) communicate to ally person any information calculated to violate such secrecy.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three months or with fine or with both.

Section 129. Officers, etc., at elections not to act for candidates or to influence voting

(1) No person who is 1[a district election officer or a returning officer], or an assistant returning officer, or a presiding or polling officer at all election, or all officer or clerk appointed by the returning officer for the presiding officer to perform any duty in connection with all election shall in the conduct or the management of the election do any act (other than the giving of vote) for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of a candidate.

(2) No such person as aforesaid, and no member of a police force, shall endeavour-

(a) To persuide any person to give his vote it all election, or

(b) To dissuade any person from giving his vote it all election, or

(c) To influence the voting of any person at all election in any manner.

(3) Any person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to six months or with title or with both.

2[(4) An offence punishable under subsection (3) shall be cognizable.]

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1. Subs. by Act 47 or 1966, sec. 55, for “a returning officer” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

2. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966 sec. S5 (w.c.1’. 14-12-1966).

Section 130. Prohibition of canvassing in or near polling stations

(1) No person shall, on the date or dates on which a poll is taken at any polling station, commit any of the following acts within the polling station or it in any public or private place within a distance of 1[one hundred metres] of the polling station, namely: -

(a) Canvassing for votes; or

(b) Soliciting the vote of any elector; or

(c) Persuading any elector not to vote for any particular candidate; or

(d) Persuading any elector not to vote at the election; or

(e) Exhibiting any notice or sign (other than an official notice) relating to the election.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees.

(3) An offence punishable under this section shall be cognizable.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966 sec. 56, for “one hundred yards” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

Section 131. Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations

(I) No person shall, on the date or dates on which a poll is taken at any polling station, -

(a) Use or operate within or at the entrance of the polling station, or in any public or private place in the neighborhood thereof, any apparatus for amplifying or reproducing the human voice, such as a megaphone or a loudspeaker, or

(b) Shout, or otherwise act in a disorderly manner, within or at the entrance of the polling station or in any public or private place in the neighborhood thereof,

So as to cause annoyance to any person visiting the polling station for the poll, or so as to interfere with the work of the officers and other persons on duty at the polling station.

(2) Any person who contravenes, or wilfully aids or abets the contravention of, the provisions of subsection (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to three months or with fine or with both.

(3) If the presiding officer of a polling station has reason to believe that any person is committing or has committed an offence punishable under this section, he may direct any police officer to arrest such parson, and thereupon the police officer shall arrest him.

(4) Any police officer may take such steps, and use such force, as may be reasonably necessary for preventing any contravention of the provisions of subsection (1), and may seize any apparatus used for such contravention.

Section 132. Penalty for misconduct at the polling station

(1) Any person who during the hour, fixed for the poll at any polling station misconducts himself or fails to obey the lawful directions of the presiding officer may be removed from the polling station by the presiding officer or by any police officer on duty or by any person authorized in this behalf by such presiding officer.

(2) The powers conferred by subsection (1) shall not be exercised so as to prevent any elector who is otherwise entitled to vote at a polling station from having an opportunity of voting at that station.

(3) If any person who has been so removed from a polling station re-enters the polling station without the permission of the presiding officer, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.

(4) An offence punishable under sub-section (3) shall be cognizable.

Section 132 A. Penalty for failure to observe procedure for voting

1[Penalty for failure to observe procedure for voting. If any elector, to whom a ballot paper has been issued, refuses to observe the procedure prescribed for voting the ballot paper issued to him shall be liable for cancellation.]

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1. Ins. by Act 4 of 1996, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f 15-5-1986).

Section 133. Penalty for illegal hiring or procuring of conveyance at elections

1[Penalty for illegal hiring or procuring of conveyance at elections. If any person is guilty of any such corrupt practice as is specified in clause (5) of section 123 at or in connection with an election, he shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to three months and with fine.]

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1. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 12 (w.e.f 1-8-1996).

Section 134. Breaches of official duty in connection with elections

(1) If any person to whom this section applies is without reasonable cause guilty of any act or omission in breach of his official duty, he shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees.

1[(IA) An offence punishable under sub-section (1) shall be cognizable.]

(2) No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie against any such person for damages in respect of any such act or omission as aforesaid.

(3) The persons to whom this section applies are the 2[***] 3[district election officers, returning officers], assistant returning officers, presiding officers, polling officers and any other person appointed to perform any duty in connection with 4[***] the receipt of nominations of with drawl of candidatures, or the recording or counting of votes at an election- and the expression “official duty” shall for the purposes of this section be construed accordingly, but shall not include duties imposed otherwise than by or under this Act 2[***].

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 58, (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

2. Certain words omitted by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 37.

3. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 58, for “returning officers” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).

4. The words ‘the preparation of an electoral roll” omitted by Act 59 of 1958, sec. 37.

Section 134 A. Penalty for Government servants for acting as election agent, polling agent or counting agent

1[Penalty for Government servants for acting as election agent, polling agent or counting agent. If any person in the service of the Government acts as an election agent or a polling agent or a counting agent of a candidate at an election, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.]

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 59 (w.e.f 14-12-1966).

Section 134 B. Prohibition of going armed to or near polling station

1[Prohibition of going armed to or near polling station. (1) No person, other than the returning officer the presiding officer, any police officer and any other person appointed to maintain peace and order at a polling station who is on duty at the polling station., shall, on a polling day, go armed with anus, as defined in the Arms Act, 1959, of any kind within the neighbourhood of a polling station.

(2) If any person contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1), he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years or with fine, or with both.

(3) Notwithstanding any thing contained in the Arms Act, 1959 (54 of 1959), where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the arms as defined in the said Act found in his possession shall be liable to confiscation and the licence granted in relation to such an-ns shall be deemed to have been revoked under section 17 of that Act.

(4) An offence punishable under subsection (2) shall be cognizable.]

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1. Ins. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 13 (w.e.f. 1-9-1996).

Section 135. Removal of ballot papers from polling station to be an offence

(1) Any person who at any election 1[unauthorisedly] takes, or attempts to take, a ballot paper out ,of a polling station, or willfully aids or abets the doing of any such act, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.

(2) If the presiding officer of a polling station has reason to believe that any person is committing or has committed an offence punishable under subsection (1), such officer may, before such person leaves the polling station, arrest or direct a police officer to arrest such person and may search such person or cause him to be searched by a police officer:

Provided that when it is in necessary to cause a woman to be searched, the search shall be made by another woman with strict regard to decency.

(3) Any ballot paper found upon the person arrested on search shall be made over for safe custody to a police officer by the presiding officer, or when the search is made by a police officer, shall be kept by such officer in safe custody

(4) All offence punishable under sub-section (1) shall be cognizable.

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1. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 14 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

Section 135 A. Offence of booth capturing

1[Offence of booth capturing. 2[(1)] Whoever commits an offence of booth capturing shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which 3[shall not be less than one year but which may extend to three years and with fine, and where such offence is committed by a person in the service of the Government, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to five years and with fine.]

Explanation. For the purposes of 3[this sub-section and section 20 B] “booth capturing” includes, among other things all or any of the following activities, namely: -

(a) Seizure of a polling station or a place fixed for the poll is an person or persons making polling authorities surrender the ballot papers or voting machines and doing of any other Act, which affects the orderly, conduct of elections:

(b) Taking possession of a polling station or a place fixed for poll by any person or persons and allowing only his or their own supporters to exercise their right to vote and 2[prevent others from free exercise of their right to vote;

(c) 3[Coercing or intimidating or threatening directly or indirectly,] any elector and preventing him from going to the polling station or a place fixed for the poll to cast his vote,

(d) Seizure of a place for counting of votes by any person or persons, making the counting authorities surrender the ballot papers or voting machines and the doing of anything which affects the orderly counting of votes,

(e) Doing by any person in the service of Government, of all or any of the aforesaid activities or aiding or conniving at, any such activity in the furtherance of the prospects of the election of a candidate.]

4[(2) An offence punishable under subsection (1) shall be cognizable.]

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1. Ins. by Act I of 1989, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

2. Section 135A renumbered as sub-section (1) there of by Act 2l of 1996, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

3. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 15 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).

4. Ins. by Act 21 of’ 1996, sec. 15 (w.e.f 1-8-1996)

Section 135 B. Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll

1[Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll. (1) Every person employed in any business, trade, industrial undertaking or any other establishment and entitled to vote at an election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of a State shall on the day of poll, be granted a holiday.

(2) No deduction or abatement of the wages of any such person shall be made on account of a holiday having, been granted in accordance with sub-section (1) and if such person is employed on the basis that he would not ordinarily receive wages for such a day he shall nonetheless be paid for such day the wages be would have drawn had not a holiday been granted to him on that day.

(3) If an employer contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) or sub-section (2), then such employer shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(4) This section shall not apply to any elector whose absence may cause danger or substantial loss in respect of the employment in which he is engaged.

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1. Ins. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 16 (w.e.f 1-8-1 996).

Section 135 C. Liquor not to be sold, given or distributed on polling day

(1) No spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature shall be sold, given or distributed at a hotel, eating house, tavern, shop or any other place, public or private within a polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for aii3, election in that polling area.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to six months or with fine, which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.

(3) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature found in his possession shall be liable to confiscation and the same shall be disposed of in such manner is may be prescribed.]

Section 136. Other offences and penalties therefor

(1) A person shall be guilty of an electoral offence if at any election he-

(a) Fraudulently defaces or fraudulently destroys any nomination paper; or

(b) Fraudulently defaces destroys or removes any list, notice or other document affixed by or under the authority of returning officer; or

(c) Fraudulently defaces or fraudulently destroys any ballot paper or the official mark on any ballot paper or any declaration of identity or official envelope used in connection with voting by postal ballot; or

(d) Without due author supplies any ballot paper to any person 1[or receives any, ballot paper from any person or in possession of any ballot paper] or

(e) Fraudulently puts into any ballot box anything other than the ballot paper which he is authorised by law to put in; or

(f) Without due authority destroys, takes, opens or otherwise interferes with any ballot box or ballot papers than in use for the purposes of the election; or Fraudulently or without due authority, as the case may be, attempts to do any of the foregoing acts or wilfully aids or abets the doing of any such acts.

(2) Any person guilty of an electoral offence under this section shall, -

(a) If he is returning officer or an assistant returning officer or a presiding officer at a polling station or any other officer or clerk employed on official duty in connection with the election be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years or with fine or with both;

(b) If he is any other person, be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to six months or with fine or with both.

(3) For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to be on official duty if his duty is to take part in the conduct of an election or part of an election including the counting of votes or to be responsible after ail election for the used ballot papers and other documents in connection with such election but the expression “official duty” shall not include any duty imposed otherwise than by or under this Act 2[* * *]

3[(4) An offence punishable under subsection (2) shall be cognizable.]

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1. Ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 70.

2. Certain words omitted by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 39.

3. Subs. by Act 47 of’ 1966, sec. 60, for subsection (4) (w.e.f 14-12-1966)

Section 137. Prosecution regarding certain offences

Rep. by the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1966(47 of 1966), sec. 61

Section 138. Amendment of Act 5 of 1898

Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 o 1957), sec. 2 and the First,Such.

Section 139-145. Sections

Rep. by the Representation o the People (Amendment) Act, 1966 (47 of 1966), sec.- 62.

Section 146. Powers of Election Commission

1[Chapter IV.Powers of Election Commission in connection with Inquiries as to Disqualifications of member

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1. Ins. by Act 17 of 1965, sec.2.

146. Powers of Election Commission.

(1) Where in connection with the tendering of any opinion to the President under article 103 or, as the case may be, under subsection (4) of section 14 of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963), or to the Governor under article 192, the Election Commission considers it necessary or proper to make an inquiry, and the Commission is satisfied that on the basis of the affidavits filed and the documents produced in such inquiry by the parties concerned of their own accord. it cannot come to a decisive opinion on the matter which is being inquired into, the Commission shall have, for the purposes of such inquiry, the powers of a civil court, while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure. 1909 (5 of 1908), in respect of the following matters, namely: -

(a) Summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;

(b) Requiring the discovery and production of any document or other material object producible as evidence;

(c) Receiving evidence on affidavits;

(d) Requisitioning, any public record or a copy thereof from any Court or officer

(e) Issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents.

(2) The Commission shall also have the power to require any person, subject to any privilege which may be claimed be that person under any law for the time being in force., to furnish information on such points or matters as in the opinion of the Commission may be useful for or relevant to, the subject-matter of the inquiry.

(3) The Commission shall be deemed to be a civil court and when any such offence, as is described in section 175, section 178, section 179, section 190 or section 229 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) is committed in the view or presence of the Commission, the Commission may after recording the facts constituting the offence and the statement of the accused as provided for in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1899 (5 of 1998) 1[to forward the case to a magistrate having jurisdiction to try the same and the magistrate to whom an), such case is forwarded shall proceed to hear the complaint against the accused as if the case had been forwarded to him under section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1999 (5 of 1898)1.

(4) Any proceeding before the Commission shall be deemed a Judicial proceeding within the meaning of section 193 and section 228 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

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1. See now the corresponding provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act 2 of 1974).

Section 146 A. Statements made by person to the Election Commission

No statement made by a person in the course of giving evidence before the Election Commission shall subject him to, or be used against him in, any civil or criminal proceeding except a Prosecution for giving false evidence by such statement:

Provided that the statement-

(a) Is made in reply to a question which he is required by the Commission to answer, or

(b) Is relevant to the subject matter of the inquiry.

Section 146 B. Procedure to be allowed by the Election Commission

The Election Commission shall have the power to regulate its own procedure (including the fixing of places and times of its sittings and deciding whether to sit in public or in private.)

Section 146 C. Protection of action taken in good faith

No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against, the Commission or any person acting under the direction of the Commission in respect of, anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of the foregoing provisions of this Chapter or of any order made there under respect of the tendering of any opinion by the Commission to the President or, as the case may be, to the Governor or in respect of the publication, by or under the authority of the Commission of any such opinion paper or proceedings.

Section 147. Casual vacancies in the Council or States

1[(1)] When before the expiration of the term of office of a member elected to the Council of States, his seat becomes vacant or is declared vacant or his election to the Council of States is declared void, the Election Commission shall by in notification in the Gazette of India call upon the elected members of the Legislative Assembly or the members of the electoral college concerned 2[* * *], as the case may be, to elect a person or the purpose of filling the vacancy so caused before Such date is may be specified in the notification and provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made herein under shall apply, is far as may be, in mention to the election of a member to fill such vacancy.

3[(2) As soon as may be after the date of commencement of Constitution (seventh Amendment) Act, 1956, bye-election shall be field to fill the vacancies existing on trial date in the seats allotted to the States of’ Assam, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh and the Union territories of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh* and Manipur*.]

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1. Section 147 renumbered as sub-section (1) of that section by the adaptation of laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

2. Certain words omitted by Act 49 of 1951, sec. 44 and the Fifth Sch.

3. Ins. by the Adaptation of laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

* Now it has become State.

Section 148. Casual vacancies in the electoral colleges for certain Union territories

Rep. by the Territorial Council Act, 1950 (103 of 1956), sec. 66

Section 149. Casual vacancies in the House of the people

(1) When the seat of a member elected to the House of the People becomes vacant or is declared vacant or his election to the House of the People is declared void, the Election Commission shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) by a notification in the Gazette of India, call upon the Parliamentary constituency concerned to elect a person for the purpose of filling the vacancy so caused before such date as may be specified in the notifications and the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made thereunder shall apply, as for as may be, in rotation to the election of a member to fill such vacancy.

(2) If the vacancy so caused be a vacancy in a seat reserved in any such constituency for the Scheduled Castes or for any Scheduled Tribes, the notification issued under subsection (1) shall specify that the person to fill that seat shall belong to the Scheduled Castes or to such Scheduled Tribes, as the case may be.

Section 150. Casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies

(1) Which the scat of a member elected to the Legislative Assembly of a State becomes vacant or is declared vacant or his election to the Legislative Assembly is declared told, the Election Commission shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (2). by a notification in the Official Gazette, call upon the Assembly constituency concerned to elect a person for the purpose of filling the vacant,” so caused before such date as may be specified in the

(2) If the vacancy so caused be a vacancy in a seat reserved in any such constituency for the Scheduled Caste or for any Scheduled Tribes the notification issued under sub-section (1) shall specify that the person to fill that seat shall belong to the Scheduled Castes or to such Scheduled Tribes as the case not may be. Scheduled Tribes, as the case may be

Section 151. Casual vacancies in the State Legislative Councils

When before the expiration of the term of office of a member elected to the Legislative Council of a State, his scat becomes vacant or is declared vacant or his election to the Legislative Council is declared void, the Election Commission shall- by a notification in the Official Gazette, Call upon the Council constituency concerned or the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State, as the case may be, to elect a person for the purpose of filling the vacancy so caused before such date as may be specified in the notification, and the provisions of this Act and of the miles and orders made there under shall apply as far as may be, in relation to the election of a member to fill such vacancy.

Section 151 A. Time limit for filling vacancies referred to in sections 147, 149, 150 and 151

1[Time limit for filling vacancies referred to in sections 147, 149, 150 and 151. Notwithstanding anything contained in section 147, section 149, section 150 and section 151 a bye-election for filling any vacancy referred to in any of’ the said sections shall be held within a period of six months from the date of the occurrence of the vacancy:

Provided that nothing contained in this section shall apply if-

(a) The remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is less than one year, or

(b) The Election Commission in consultation with the Central Government certifies that it is difficult to hold the bye-election within the said period.]

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1. Ins. By Act 21 of 1996, sec. 17 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996)

Section 152. List of members of the State Legislative Assemblies and electoral colleges to be maintained by returning officers concerned

(1) The returning officer for an election by the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to fill a seats in the Council of States or for an election, by the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to Fill a seat or seats in the Legislative Council of the shall, for the purposes of such election maintain is his office in the prescribed manner and form a list of elected members or a list of members, as the case may be of that Legislative Assembly.

(2) The returning officer for an election b- the members of the electoral college for a 1[Union territory] 2[* * ] to fill a seat or seats in the Council of States shall for the purposes of such selection, maintain in his office in the prescribed manner and form a list of members of that electoral college 3[ * * *]

(3) Copies of the lists referred to in sub-section (1) and (2) shall be made available for sale.

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1. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (N0. 2) Order 1956, for “Part C State”..

2. The words or group of such States omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 77.

3. Certain words omitted by Act 49 of 1951, sec 44 and the Fifth Sch.

Section 153. Extension of time for completion of election

1[Extension of time for completion of election. It shall be competent for the Election Commission for reasons which it consider, sufficient, to extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or subsection (1) of section 39.]

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 78 for section 153.

Section 154. Term of office of members of the Council of States

1[(1) Subject to the Provisions of subsections (2) and (2A), the term of office of a member of Council of States, other that member chosen to fill a casual vacancy, shall be six years.]

(2) 2[* * *] Upon the first constitution of the Council of states the President shall, after constitution with the Election Commission, make by order such provision as he thinks fit for curtailing the term of office of some of the members then chosen in order that, as nearly as may be, one-third of the members holding seats of each class shall retire in every second year thereafter.

3[(2A) In order that, as nearly as may be, one-third of the members may retire on the second day of April, 1958, and on the expiration of every second year thereafter , the President shall, as soon as may be after the commencement of the Constitution (seventh Amendment) Act, 1956 after consultation with the Election Commission make by order such provisions as he thinks fit in regard to the terms of office of the members elected under sub-section (2) of section 147.]

(3) A members chosen to fill a casual vacancy shall be chosen to serve for the remainder of his predecessor’s term of office.

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1. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for sub-section (1).

2. Certain words omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

3. Ins. by the Adaptation of’ Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956

Section 155. Commencement or the term of office or members of the Council of States

(1) The term of the a member of the Council of’ States whose name is required to be notified iii the Official Gazette under section 71 shall begin on the date of such notification.

(2) The term of office of a member of the Council of States whose finite is not required to be notified under section 71 shall begin on the date of publication of the Official Gazette of the declaration containing the name of such Person is elected under section 67 or of the notification issued tender sub-Clause (i) of clause (1) of article 80 or under any other provision announcing the nomination of such person to the Council of ‘States, is the case may be.

Section 156. Term of office or members or state Legislative Councils

(1) The term of office of a member of the Legislative Council of a State, other than a member chosen to fill a casual vacancy, shall be six years, but upon the first constitution of the Council the Governor 1[***] shall, after consultation with the Election Commission make by order such provision as he thinks lit for curtaining the term of office of some of the members then chosen in order that, as nearly as may be, one-third of the members holding seats of each class shall retire in every second year thereafter..

(2) A member chosen to fill a casual vacancy shall be chosen to serve for the remainder of his predecessor’s term of office.

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1. The words “or the Rajpramukh, as the case may be” omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1056.

Section 157. Commencement of the term of office of members of the Legislative Councils

(1) The term of office of a member of the Legislative Council of a State whose name is required to notified in the Official Gazette under 1[section 74] shall begin on the date of such notification.

(2) The term of office of a member of the Legislative Council of a State whose name is not required to be notified under 1[section 74] shall begin on the date of publication in the official Gazette of the declaration containing the name of such person as elected under section 67 or of the notification issued under sub-clause (e) of clause (3) of article 171, announcing the nomination of such person to the Council, as the case may be.

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1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec, 70, for “section 75”.

Section 158. Return or forfeiture or candidate’s deposit

1[Return or forfeiture or candidate’s deposit. (1) The deposit made under section 34 or under that section read with subsection (2) of section 39 shall either be returned to the person talking it or his legal representative or be forfeited to the appropriate authority in accordance’s with the provisions of this section.

(2) Except in cases hereafter mentioned in this section, the deposit shall be returned as soon as practicable after the result of the election is declared.

(3) If the candidate is not shown in the list of contesting candidates, or if lie dies before the Commencement of the poll, the deposit shall be returned as soon as practicable after the publication of the list or a their his death, is the case may be.

(4) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3), the deposit shall be forfeited if at all election where a poll has in taken, the candidate is not elected and the number of valid votes polled by him does not exceed one-sixth of the total number of valid votes polled by all the candidates or in the case of election of more than one member at the election, one-sixth of the total number of valid votes so polled divided by the members of members to be elected:

Provided that where at in election held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote, a candidate is not elected, the deposit made by him shall be forfeited if he does not get more than one-sixth of the number of votes prescribed in this behalf as sufficient to secure the return of a candidate.

(5) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2), (3) and (4), -

(a) If at a general election, the candidate is a contesting candidate in more than one Parliamentary constituency or in more their one assembly constituency, not more than one of the deposits shall be returned, and the other shall be forfeited.

(b) If the candidate is a contesting candidate at all election in more than one council constituency or it all election in a Council constituency and at an election by the members of the State Legislative Assembly to fill seats in file Legislative Council, not more than one of the deposits shall be returned, and the others shall be forfeited.]

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1. Subs. by Act 58 of 1958, sec. 39, for section 158.

Section 159. Staff of certain authorities to be made available for election work

1[Staff of certain authorities to be made available for election work. (1) The authorities specified in subsection (2) shall, when so requested by a Regional Commissioner appointed under clause (4) of article 324 or the Chief Electoral Officer of the State, make available to any returning officer Such staff as may be necessary for the performance of any duties in connection with air election.

(2) The following shall be the authorities for the purposes of sub-section (1), namely:

(i) Every local authority;

(ii) Every university established or incorporated by or under a Central, Provincial or State Act;

(iii) A Government company as defined in section 617 of the Companies Act, 1956 (I of 1956);

(iv) Any other institution, concern or undertakings which is established by or under a Central, Provincial or State Act or which is controlled, or financed wholly or substantially by funds provided, directly or indirectly, by the Central Government or a State Government.]

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l. Subs. by Act 12 of 1998, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 23-12-1997).

Section 160. Requisitioning of Premises, vehicles, etc., for election purposes

(1) If it appears to the State Government that in connection with an election held within the State–

(a) Any premises are needed or are likely to be needed for the purpose of being used as a poling station or for the storage of ballot boxes after a poll has been taken, or

(b) Any vehicle, vessel or animal is needed or is likely to be needed for the purpose of transport of ballot boxes to or from any polling station, or transport of members of the police force for maintaining order during in the conduct of such election, or transport of any officer or other person for performance of any duties in connection with such election,

The Government may by order in writing requisition such premises, or such vehicle, vessel or animal, as the case may be, and may make such further orders as may appear to it to be necessary or expedient in connection with the requisitioning:

Provided that no vehicle, vessel of animal which is being lawfully used by a candidate or his agent for any purpose connected with the election of such candidate shall be requisitioned under this subsection until the completion of the poll at Such election.

(2) The requisition shall be effected by an order in writing addressed to the person deemed by the State Government to be the owner or person in possession of the property, and such order shall be served in the prescribed manner on the person to whom it is addressed.

(3) Whenever any property is requisitioned under sub-section (1), the period of such requisition shall not extend beyond the period for which such property is required for any of the purposes mentioned in that sub-section.

(4) In the section–

(a) “Premises” means any land, building, or part of a building and includes a hut, shed or other structure or any part thereof-,

(b) “Vehicle” means any vehicle used or capable of being used for the ‘purpose of road transport, whether propelled by mechanical power of otherwise.

Section 161. Payment of compensation

(1) Whenever in pursuance of section 160 the State Government requisitions any premises, there shall be paid to the persons interested compensation the amount of which shall be determined by taking into consideration the following, namely: -

(i) The rent payable in respect of the premises or if no rent is so payable, the rent payable for similar premises in the locality;

(ii) If in consequence of the requisition of the premises the person interested is compelled to chance his residence or place of business, the reasonable expenses (if any) incidental to such change:

Provided that where any person interested being a aggrieved by the amount of compensation so determined makes all application within the prescribed time to the State Government for refer in a the matter to all arbitrator, the amount of compensation to be paid shall be Such as the arbitrator appointed in this behalf by the State Government may determine:

Provided further that where there is any dispute as to the title to receive the compensation or as to the apportionment of the amount of compensation, the State Government to shall refer it all arbitrators appointed in this behalf by the Government for determination and shall be determined in accordance with the decision of such arbitrator.

Explanation.In this subsection, the expression “person interested” means the person who was in actual possession of the premises requisitioned under section 160 immediately before the requisition, or where no person was in such actual possession, the owner of such premises.

(2) Whenever in Pursuance of section 160 the State Government requisitions any vehicle, vessel or animal, there shall be paid to the owner thereof compensation the amount of which shall be determined by the State Government on the basis of fares or rates prevailing in the locality for the hire Of Such vehicle, vessel or animal:

Provided that where the owner Of Such vehicle, vessel or animal being aggrieved by the amount of compensation so determined makes an application wit in the prescribed time to the State Government for referring the matter to an arbitrator, the amount of compensation to be paid shall be such as the arbitrator appointed in this behalf by the State Government may determine:

Provided further that where immediately before the requisitioning the vehicle or vessel was by virtue of the purchase agreement in the possession of a person other than the owner, the amount determined under this sub-section as the total compensation payable in respect of the requisition shall be apportioned between that person and the owner in such manner as they may agree upon, and in default of agreement, in such manner as all arbitrator appointed by the State Government in this behalf may decide.

Section 162. Power to obtain information

The State Government may with a view to requisition , any property under section 160 or determined the compensation payable under section 161, by order, require any person to furnish to Such authority as relay he specified in the order such information in his possession relating to Such property as may be so specified.

Section 163. Powers of entry into and inspection of premises, etc

(1) Any person authorized in this behalf by the State Government may enter into any premises and inspect such premises and any vehicle, vessel or airline therein for the Purpose of determining) whether, and if so in what manner, all order under section 160 Should be made in relation to Such premises, vehicle, vessel or annual, or with a view to securing,, compliance with any order made under, that section.

(2) In this section the expressions “premises” and “vehicle” have the same meanings as in section 160.

Section 164. Eviction from requisitioned premises

(1) Any person remaining in possession of any requisitioned premises in contravention of any order made under section 160 may be summarily evicted from file premises by any officer empowered by the State Government in this behalf.

(2) Any officer so empowered may, after giving to any woman not appearing in public reasonable warning and facility to withdraw, remove or opera ally lock or bolt, break open any door of any building, or do any other act necessary for effecting such eviction.

Section 165. Release or premises from requisition

(1) When any premises requisitioned under section 160 are to be released from requisitioning the possession thereof shall be delivered to the person from whom possession was taken at the time when the premises were requisitioned, or if there were no such person, to the person declared by the State Government to be the owner of such premises, and such delivery of possession shall he a full discharge of the State Government from all liabilities in respect of such delivery, but shall not prejudice any rights in respect of the premises which any other person may be entitled by due process of law to enforce against the person to whom possession of the premises is do delivered.

(2) Where the person to whom possession of any premises requisitioned under section 160 is to be given under sub-section (1) cannot be found or is not readily ascertainable or has no agent or any other person empowered to accept delivery on his behalf, the State Government shall cause a notice declaring that such premises are released 1roin requisition to be affixed on some conspicuous part of such premises and publish the notice in the Official Gazetted.

(3) When a notice referred to in subsection (2) is published in the Official Gazette, the premises specified in Such notice shall cease to be subject to requisition on and from the date of such publication and be declared to have been delivered to the person entitled to possession thereof, and the State Government shall not be liable for any compensation or other claim in respect of such premises for any period after the said date.

Section 166. Delegation or Functions of the State Government with regard to requisitioning

The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that any powers conferred or any duty imposed on that Government by any of the provisions of sections 160 to 165 shall, under such conditions, if any, as may he specified in the direction, be exercised or discharged by such officer or class of officers, as may be so specified.

Section 167. Penalty for contravention or any order regarding requisitioning

If any person contravenes any order made under section 160 or section 162, lie shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.

Section 168. Special provisions with respect to Rulers or former Indian States

Rep. by the Rulers of Indian States (Abolition of Privileges) Act, 1972 (.54 of 1972), sec. 4 (w.e.f 9-9-1972).

Section 169. Power to make rules

(1) The Central Government may, after consulting the Election Commission, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules1 for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely–

(a) The duties of presiding officers and polling officer at polling stations;

(b) The checking of voters by reference to the electoral roll;

(c) The manner in which votes are to be given both generally and in the case of illiterate voters or voters under physical or other disability;

(d) The manner in which votes are to he given by in presiding officer, polling officer, polling agent or any other person, who being an elector for a constituency is authorised or appointed for duty it polling station at which he is not entitled to vote;

(e) The procedure to be followed in respect of the tender of vote by a person representing himself to be in elector after another person has voted is such elector;

2[(ee) The manner of giving and recording of votes by means of voting machines and the procedure as to voting to be followed at polling stations where such machines ire used;]

(f) The procedure as to voting to be followed at elections held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote;

(g) The scrutiny and counting of votes including cases in which a recount of the votes may be made before the declaration of the result of the election;

2[(gg) The procedure is to counting of votes recorded by means of voting machines;]

(h) The safe custody of 3[ballot boxes, voting machines], ballot papers and other election papers, the period for which such papers shall be preserved and the inspection and production of such papers;

(i) Any other matter required to be prescribed by this Act.

4[(3) Every rule made under this Act shall be laid as soon as may be after it is made before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or 5[in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made], the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of in effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to validity of anything previously done under the rule.]

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1. See, the Conduct of’ Infections Rules, 1961

2. Ins. by Act I of 1999, sec. 16 (w.e.f. 15-3-1089).

3. Subs. by Act I of 1989, sec. 16, for “ballot boxes” (w.e.f. 15-3-1989).

4. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 29, for subsection (3) (w.e.f. 20-9-196l), which was ins. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 82,

5. Subs. by Act 4 of 1986, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 15-5-1986).

Section 170. Jurisdiction of civil courts barred

No civil court shall have jurisdiction to question the legality of any action taken or of any decision given by the returning officer or by any other person appointed under this Act in connection with an election.

Section 171. Repeal of Act 39 of 1920

Rep. by the repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 of 1957) sec. 2 and Sch. II

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