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Qualification for an Elector

Rural / Urban Local Bodies:

         The electoral roll of a Rural / Urban Local Body shall be the same as the current electoral roll of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly pertaining to the area covered by the Rural / Urban Local Body, as prepared and revised in accordance with the provisions of the Representation of People Act 1950 and the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960 (vide Sections 14, 23 and 30 of the said Act.) This means that a person whose name finds a place within a Rural / Urban Local Body area in the electoral roll of the concerned  Legislative Assembly Constituency is automatically included in the Rural / Urban Local Body electoral roll and consequently gets qualified to vote in the elections to that Rural / Urban Local Body. 

The following are the conditions for registration of a person as an elector in the Legislative Assembly Electoral rolls:

(1)   he/she should be a citizen of India;
(2)   he/she should not be less than 18 years of age on the qualifying date  
        i.e., he should have completed 18 years of age on the first January of
        the year in which the electoral roll is prepared;

(Please note that the crucial date for ascertaining the age of a candidate for purposes of contesting in the election and the qualifying date for an elector are different.)

(3)   he should ordinarily be a resident of the constituency area
(4)   he should not have been declared as of unsound mind by a competent
         court;
(5)   he should not have been disqualified from voting under the provisions of any law relating to corrupt practices and other offences in  elections (Sections 16 & 19 of the Representation of People Act, 1950).

(6)  a person shall not be entitled to have his name registered in the electoral roll of more than one place.  (Sections 17 and 18 of Representation of People Act 1950).

        The provision in Section 35 and 36 of the Tamil Nadu Panchayat Act, 1994  Section 44, 47 and 60 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 and relevant provisions of other Urban Acts stipulate  the following conditions for a voter to exercise his/ her franchise.

(1)   he should not have been convicted of an offence punishable under chapter IX-A of Indian Penal Code and under any law for the time being in force for the purpose of election to the Legislative Assembly of the State or is disqualified by or under any law for the time being in force shall be disqualified from voting in any election;

(2)   He should not have been disqualified under Section 36 of Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994 (Rural) and Section 47 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Urban) and relevant provisions of other Urban Acts.   He should not have been convicted of an electoral offence punishable under the Sections 58 to 71 of the said Tamil Nadu Panchayat Act, 1994 and Sections 56 to 56M of the Tamilnadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 and relevant provisions of the other Urban Acts.

(3) No person who is of unsound mind and declared so by a competent court and no person who is disqualified for an electoral offence shall be disqualified to vote so long as the disqualification subsists.

(4) As per Sec.44(1-B) of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 no person shall be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for any Municipality more than once or to be registered in the electoral roll for another municipality, panchayat or city.

 

 

 

 
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