The Representation of the People Act,1951
Section 33. Presentation of nomination paper and requirements for a valid nomination
1[Presentation of nomination paper and requirements for a valid nomination. (1) On or before the date appointed under clause (a) of section 30 each candidate shall, either in person or by his proposer between the hours of eleven Oclock in the forenoon and three Oclock in the afternoon deliver to the returning officer at the place specified in the behalf in the notice issued under section 3l a nomination paper completed in the prescribed form and signed by the candidate and by an elector of the constituency as proposer-.
2[Provided that a candidate not set up by a recognised political party, shall not be deemed to be duly nominated for election from a constituency unless the nomination paper is subscribed by ten proposes being electors of the constituency:
Provided further that no nomination paper shall be delivered to the returning officer on a day which is a public holiday:
Provided also that in the case a local authorities constituency, graduates constituency or teachers constituency, the reference to “an elector of the constituency as proposer” shall be construed as a reference to ten per cent of the electors of the constituency or ten such electors., whichever is less, as proposes.]
3[(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), for election to the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim (deemed to be the Legislative Assembly of that State only constituted under the Constitution), the nomination paper to be delivered to the returning officer shall be in such form and manner as may be prescribed:
Provided that the said nomination paper shall be subscribed by the candidate as assenting to the nomination, and-
(a) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lepcha origin, also by at least twenty electors of the constituency as proposes and twenty electors of the constituency as scolders;
(b) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, also by at least twenty electors of the constituency as proposes and at least twenty electors of the constituency as seconders;
(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Nepali origin, by an elector of the constituency as proposer:
Provided further that no nomination paper shall be delivered to the returning officer on a day which is a public holiday]
(2) In a constituency where any seat is reserved, a candidate shall not be deemed to be qualified to be chosen to fill that seat unless his nomination paper contains a declaration by him specifying the particular caste or tribe of which he is a member and the area in relation to which that caste or tribe is a Scheduled Caste or, as the case may be, a Scheduled Tribe of the State.
(3) Where the candidate is a person who, having held any office referred to in 4[section 9] has been dismissed and a period of five years has not elapsed since the dismissal. such person shall not be deemed to be duly nominated as a candidate unless his nomination paper is accompanied by a certificate issued ” in the prescribed manner by the Election Commission to the effect that he has not been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the State.
(4) On the presentation of a nomination paper, the returning officer shall satisfy himself that the names and electoral roll numbers of the candidate and his proposer as entered in the nomination paper arc the same as those entered in the electoral rolls:
5[Provided that no misnomer or inaccurate description or clerical technical or printing error in regard to the name of the candidate or his proposer or any other person., or in regard to any place, mentioned in the electoral roll or the nomination paper and no clerical, technical or printing error in regard to the electoral roll numbers of
any such pe
rson in the electoral roll or the nomination paper. shall affect the full operation of the electoral roll or the nomination. paper with respect to such person or place in any case where the description in regard to the name of the person or place is such as to be commonly understood, and the returning officer shall permit any such misnomer or inaccurate description or clerical, technical or printing error to be corrected and where necessary direct that any such misnomer, inaccurate description, clerical, technical or printing error in the electoral roll or In the nomination paper shall be overlooked.]
(5) Where the candidate is an elector of a different constituency, a copy of the electoral roll of that constituency or of the relevant part thereof or a certified copy of the relevant entries in such roll shall- unless it has been filed along with the nomination paper, be produced before the return officer at the time of scrutiny.
6[(6) Nothing in this section shall prevent any candidate from being nominated by more than one nomination paper :
Provided that not more than four nomination papers shall be presented bv or on behalf of any candidate or accepted by the retuning officer for election in the same constituency
7[(7) Notwithstanding, anything contained in sub-section (6) or in any other provisions of this Act, a person shall not be nominated as a candidate for election,-
(a) In the case of a general election to the House of the People (whether or not field simultaneously from all Parliamentary constituencies), from more than two Parliamentary constituencies;
(b) In the case of general election to the Legislative Assembly of a State (whether or not hold simultaneously from all Assembly constituencies), from more than two Assembly constituencies in that State,.
(c) In the case of a general election to the Legislative Council of a State having such Council, from more than two Council constituencies in the State;
(d) In the case of a biennial at election to the Council of States for filling o or more seats allotted to a State, for filling more than two such seats,
(e) In the case of bye-elections to the House of the People from two or more Parliamentary constituencies which are held simultaneously-from more than two such Parliamentary constituencies-,
(f) In the case of bye-elections to the Legislative Assembly of a State from or more Assembly constituencies which arc held simultaneously, from more than two such Assembly constituencies-,
(g) In the case of bye-elections to the Council of States for filling two or more scats allotted to a State which are held simultaneously, for filling more than two such scats”
(h) In the case of bye-elections to the Legislative Council of a State having such Council from two or more Council constituencies, which are held simultaneously, from more than two such Council constituencies.
Explanation. For the purpose of this sub-section, two or more bye-elections shall be deemed to be held simultaneously where the notification calling such bye-elections are issued by the Election Commission under sections 147,149,150 or, as the case may be,151 on the same date.
1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 16, for section 3.
2. Subs. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 6 (w.e.f. 1-8-1996).
3. Ins. by Act 10 of l976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 9-9-1975).
4. Subs. by Act 38 of 1978, sec. 3 and the Second Schedule, for “Clause (f) of section 7” .
5. Subs. by Act 47 of 966, sec. 29, for the proviso (w.e.f.14-12-1966).
6. Subs. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 8, for subjection (6) (w.e.f. 20-9-1961)
7. Ins. by Act 21 of 1996, sec. 6 (w.e.f,1-8-1996).