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THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT, 1951

Title : THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT, 1951

Year : 1951



For the purpose of constituting the Legislative Assembly of a State under the Constitution in due time or on the expiration of the duration of an Assembly or on its dissolution, the Governor or Rajpramukh, as the case may be, of the State shall, by one or more notifications published in the Official Gazette on such date or dates as may be recommended by the Election Commission, call upon all the Assembly constituencies to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made there under before such date or dates as may be appointed in this behalf by the Election Commission and specified in the notification or notifications:

Provided that for the purpose of constituting the Legislative Assembly of a State on the expiration of its duration , no such notification shall be issued at any time earlier than four months prior to the date on which the duration of the Legislative Assembly of the State would expire in the ordinary course of events.



(1) For the purpose of constituting the Legislative Council of a State under the Constitution in due time, the Governor or Rajpramukh of the State, as the case may be, shall-

(a) By a notification in the Official Gazette call upon every local authorities constituency, every graduates' constituency and every teachers' constituency to elect in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made there under a member or members before such date as may be appointed in this behalf by the Election Commission and specified in such notification, and

(b) After the names of the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State first constituted under the Constituted have been notified under section 67, call upon such members, by another notification in the Official Gazette, to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made there under before such date as may be appointed in this behalf by the Election Commission and specified in such notification.

(2) For the purpose of filling the seats of members retiring on the expiration of their respective terms of office in every second year after the constitution of the Legislative Council of a State, the Governor or Rajpramukh, as the case may be, shall-

(a) By a notification in the Official Gazette call upon every local authorities constituency, every graduates' constituency and every teachers constituency concerned to elect in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made there under a member or members before such date as may be appointed in this behalf by the Election Commission and specified in such notification, and

(b) By another notification in the Official Gazette call upon the members of the Legislative Assembly of the State to elect members in accordance with the provisions of this Act and of the rules and orders made there under before such date as may be appointed in this behalf by the Election Commission and specified in such notification:

Provided that the notification under this sub-section shall be issued on such dates, not being more than four months prior to the date on which the term of office of the retiring members would expire under section 156, as may be recommended in this behalf by the Election Commission.
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