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Section 5 A – The Representation of the People Act,1951

The Representation of the People Act,1951

Section 5 A. Qualification for membership of Legislative Assembly of Sikkim

1[Qualification for membership of Legislative Assembly of Sikkim. 2[(1)] Notwithstanding anything contained in section 5, a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim (deemed to be the Legislative Assembly of that State duly constituted under the Constitution) unless-

(a) In the case of a scat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lcpcha origin, he is a person either of Bhutia or Lepcha origin and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State other than the constituency reserved for the Sanghas;

(b) In the case of a scat reserved for Sikkimese of Nepali origin, he is a person of Nepali origin and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Scheduled Castes, he is a member of any of the castes specified in the Representation of Sikkim Subjects Act,1974 and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State; and

(d) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, he is an elector of the Sangha constituency.]

3[(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 5, a person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a scat in the Legislative Assembly of the State of Sikkim, to be constituted at any time after the commencement of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act,1980 (8 of 1980), unless-

(a) In the case of a seat reserved for Sikkimese of Bhutia-Lepcha origin, he is a person either of Bhutia or Lepcha origin and is and elector for any Assembly constituency in the State other than the constituency reserved for the Sanghas;

(b) In the case of a seat reserved for Scheduled Castes, he is a member of any of those castes in the State of Sikkim and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State;

(c) In the case of a seat reserved for Sanghas, he is an elector of the Sangha constituency; and

(d) In the case of any other seat, he is an elector for any Assembly constituency in the State.

Explanation.In this sub-section “Bhutia” includes Chunibipa, Dopthapa ,Dukpa, Kagatey, Sherpa, Tibetan, Tromopa and Yolimo.]

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1. Ins. by Act 10 of 1976, sec. 2 and Sch. (w.e.f 9-9-1975).

2. Section SA renumbered as sub-section (1) of that section by Act 8 of 1980, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-9-1979).

3. Ins. by Act 8 of 1980, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-9-1979).

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