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Section 97 – The Representation of the People Act,1951

The Representation of the People Act,1951

Section 97. Recrimination when seat claimed

(1) When in an election petition a declaration that any candidate other than the returned candidate has been duly elected is claimed, the returned candidate or any other party may give evidence to prove that the election of such candidate would have been void if he hid beer the returned candidate and a petition had been presented calling in question his election:

Provided that the returned candidate or such other party, as aforesaid shall not be entitled to give such evidence unless he has, within fourteen days from the date of 1[commencement of the trial], given notice to 2[the High Court] of his intention to do so and has also given the security and the further security referred to in sections 117 and 118 respectively.

(2) Every notice referred to in sub-section (I) shall be accompanied by the statement and 3[***] particulars required by section 83 in the case of an election petition and shall be signed and verified in like manner.


1. Subs. by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 52, for “the publication of the election petition under section 90” .

2. Subs. by Act 47 of 1966, sea. 42, for “the Tribunal” (w.e.f. 14-12-1966)

3. The words “list of” omitted by Act 27 of 1956, sec. 52.

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