Year : 1977
[Act, No. 16 of 1977]
[18th April, 1977]
An Act to provide for Authorities to deal with disputed elections to Parliament in the case of Prime Minister and Speaker of the House of the People and for matters connected therewith.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
Section -1 Short title and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Disputed Elections (Prime Minister and Speaker) Act, 1977.
(i) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 3rd day of February, 1977.
Section -2 Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(i) â€œAuthorityâ€ means an Authority constituted under section 4 for the trial of a petition;
(i) â€œCandidateâ€ means a person who has been or claims to have been duly nominated as a candidate at any election;
(i) I â€œcostsâ€ mean all costs, charges and expenses of, or incidental to, a trial of a petition under this Act;
(i) â€œElectionâ€ means an election in the case of Prime Minister or in the case of Speaker;
(i) â€œElection in the case of Prime Ministerâ€ means an election to either House of Parliament of a person who holds the office of Prime Minister at the time of such election or is appointed as Prime Minister after such election;
(i) â€œElection in the case of Speakerâ€ means an election to the House of Parliament of a person who holds the officer of Speaker at the time of such election or is chosen as the Speaker for that House after such election;
(i) â€œPetitionâ€ means a petition calling in question an election;
(i) â€œPrescribedâ€ means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(i) â€œReturned candidateâ€ means a candidate whose name has been published under section 67 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951.), as duly elected at an election in the case of Prime Minister or, as the case may be, an election in the case of Speaker;
(j) Each of the expressions defined in the Representative of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951.), but not defined in this Act shall have the same meaning as in that Act.