Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013

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Current Status: Passed by Lok Sabha on September 06, 2013; Passed by Rajya
Sabha on August 27, 2013. Ministry: Law and Justice
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The bill seeks to amend the Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1951, which will overturn
the Supreme Court order banning those in jail and police custody from contesting elections.
The amendment will maintain the right of those in jail to contest polls.

seeks to add a proviso to sub-section (2) of section 62 of the RP Act to state that a person
cannot cease to be a voter while in detention as h/his right is only temporarily suspended.

One of the amendments states that as the name of the jailed person continues to be on the
electoral rolls, s/he also continues to be an elector and can file nomination for an election.
The amendments seek to negate the July 10 order of the Supreme Court which had held that
those in jail cannot vote as per the RP Act and hence cannot qualify for contesting elections

to Parliament or state legislatures.
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