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Representation of the People Acts,

statutes enacted by the British Parliament to continue the extension of the franchise begun by the Reform Bills (see under Reform ActsReform Acts
or Reform Bills,
in British history, name given to three major measures that liberalized representation in Parliament in the 19th cent. Representation of the counties and boroughs in the House of Commons had not, except for the effects of parliamentary
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). As a result of the government's dependence on the unified efforts of the whole people in World War I the Representation of the People Act of 1918 qualified as voters (with a few exceptions) women over 30 years of age and all men of 21 years or over who could establish short residence. The basis of representation in the House of Commons was fixed at 1 to 70,000. The Representation of the People Act of 1928 qualified all women on the same terms as men. The Representation of the People Act of 1949 reenacted and codified previous legislation relating to the conduct of elections and illegal electoral practices; it abolished the university constituencies and the additional vote given to the occupiers of business premises, thus eliminating plural voting. The Representation of the People Act of 1969 lowered the voting age to 18.
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Under section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, after the closure of campaign period, no campaign can take place within the constituency," V.
The EC, in its latest communication, has asked the CBDT to take action against the defaulting parties under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act in consonance with the Income-Tax (I-T) laws.
The Commission has drawn attention of the members of the Parliament and provincial assemblies to mandatory provisions of Section 42A of Representation of the People Act, 1976 and Section 25A of the Senate (Elections) Act, 1975.
The taxpayer was hit with a bill for thousands of pounds while this matter was elevated to the High Court for the full rigours of the out-of-date Representation of the People Act to be ploughed through.
Convicted prisoners are excluded from the franchise by the Representation of the People Act 1983, which has been held as incompatible with Article 3 of the European Convention.
The UK has to change its voting laws after the European Court of Human Rights said its Representation of the People Act, which bars prisoners from voting, was unlawful.
Section 66 of the 1983 Representation of the People Act forbids "any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election" before polls close.
Under the Representation of the People Act, it is a criminal offence for candidates to "treat" voters with food or drink.
The notification states that: "The Election Commission of India (ECI) has given specific instructions to ensure compliance to Section 135-B of the Representation of the People Act 1951".
In fact, a ballot paper marked with a smiley has been accepted by the courts as valid - assuming it complies with various tests in Rule 47(2) Sch 1 Representation of the People Act 1983.
Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said Modi's roadshow violated Section 126 of The Representation of The People Act.
New Delhi, Nov 19 ( ANI ): The Supreme Court on Tuesday approved amendment to the Representation of the People Act, which allows political leaders in police custody to contest elections.

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