The Representation of the People Act,1951
Section 81. Presentation of petitions
(1) An election petition calling in question any election may be presented on one or more of the grounds specified in 1[sub-section (1)] of section 100 and section 101 to the 2[High Court] by any candidate at such election or any elector 3[within forty-five days from, but not earlier than the date of election of the returned candidate or if there are more than one returned candidate at the election and dates of their election are different, the later of those two dates].
Explanation. In this subsection, “elector” means a person who was entitled to vote at the election to which the election petition relates, whether he has voted at such election or not.
5[(3) Every election petition shall be accompanied by as many copies thereof as there are respondents mentioned in the petition 6[***] and every such copy shall be attested by the petitioner under his own signature to be a true copy of the petition.]
1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 44, for “sub-sections (1) and (2)”
2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 for “Election Commission” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).
3. Subs. by Act 27 of 19S6, sec. 44, for certain words.
4. Sub-section (2) omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).
5. Ins. by Act 40 of 1961, sec. 17 (w.e.f. 20-9-1961).
6. Certain words omitted by Act 47 of 1966, sec. 39 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).