06 February, 2023
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A petition to prevent candidates from running in more than one constituency during the general or assembly elections was denied by the Supreme Court.
Political democracy and parliamentary sovereignty were issues, according to the SC.
The issue is clearly of a "legislative nature" (Contesting Elections from 2 Constituencies).
A candidate may run in up to two constituencies for any election (parliamentary, state assembly, biennial council, or by-elections) under Section 33(7) of the Representation of People Act (RPA).
Prior to its introduction in 1996, there was no restriction on the number of constituencies a candidate could run in.
According to Section 70 of the RPA, if a person is elected to more than one seat in either House of Parliament or in either House of a State Legislature, all but one of the seats will become empty until he resigns within the allotted time.
Source: The Hindu
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