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Plea against EC order on Sikkim CM disqualification

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The Delhi High Court recently sought a response from the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a petition challenging the poll panel’s decision to reduce the disqualification period of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang from six years to 13 months. Mr Tamang was convicted in a graft case.
Mr. Katwal, in his plea, contended that Section 11 of the Representation of People (RP) Act was unconstitutional as it provides arbitrary powers to the EC to remove or reduce the disqualification period.
The plea stated that Mr. Tamang was convicted for misappropriation of public funds.
Representation of People (RP) Act 1951
Representation of Peoples Act 1951 is an act enacted by the Indian provincial parliament before first general elections. The People’s Representation act provides for the actual conduct of elections in India. The act also deals with details like qualification and disqualification of members of both houses of Parliament (ie Loksabha and Rajyasabha) and the state legislatures (ie. State Legislative Assembly and State Legislative Council). Rules for the mode of conduct of elections is highlighted in detail.
HIghlights

  • Actual conduct of elections.
  • Administrative machinery for conducting elections.
  • Poll.
  • Election offences.
  • Election disputes.
  • By-elections.
  • Registration of political parties.
The act is of special significance to the smooth functioning of Indian democracy, as it checks the entry of persons with criminal background into the representative bodies. Representation of People’s Act 1951 was amended many times, the major amendment being made in 1966.


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