The Representation of the People Order, 1972 (President's Order)

( ACT NO. 155 Of 1972 )

WHEREAS it is necessary to provide for the conduct of elections to Parliament and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto; 1

 
 
 
NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance to the provisions of paragraph 3 of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Order:
 
 
 

CONTENTS

SECTIONS

1. (1) This Order may be called the Representation

2. In this Order, unless there is anything repugna

[[3. The Election Commission shall be constituted

3A. Subject to the provisions of this Order, the C

4. The Commission may authorise [the Chief Electio

5. (1) The Commission may require any person or au

6. (1) The Government or an Officer authorised by

[7. [* * *] (1) The Commission shall appoint a Ret

8. [(1) The Commission shall maintain a list of po

9. [(1) The returning Officer shall, by a notice i

10. (1) The Commission shall provide the Returning

11. (1) For the purpose of holding elections for c

12. [ (1) Any elector of a constituency may propos

13. (1) Subject to the provisions of clause (2), n

13A. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the

14. (1) The candidates, their election agents, pro

15. (1) The Returning Officer shall, after the scr

[16. (1) Any validly nominated candidate may, by n

17. (1) If a validly nominated candidate who has n

18. Where the proceedings relating to nomination,

19. (1) Where, after scrutiny under Article 14, on

20. (1) If there are more contesting candidates th

21. (1) A candidate may appoint a person qualified

22. [(1) The contesting candidate or his election

23. Where any act or thing is authorised by this O

24. The Returning Officer shall, subject to any di

25. (1) The Presiding Officer of a polling station

26. An election under this Order shall be decided

[ 26A. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in a

26B. (1) The Commission may approve an EVM which-

26C. (1) All electronic devices and programmes use

26D. The Commission may, for ensuring the accuracy

27. [(1) The following person may cast their votes

28. (1) The Returning Officer shall provide each P

29. The Presiding Officer shall, subject to such i

30. (1) The Presiding Officer shall keep order at

31. [ (1) Where an elector presents himself at the

32. (1) If a person representing himself to be an

33. (1) If, at the time a person applies for a bal

34. (1) An elector who has inadvertently so spoilt

35. No person shall be given any ballot paper or b

36. (1) Immediately after the close of the poll, t

37. (1) The Returning Officer shall give the conte

38. Where, after consolidation of the results of t

39. (1) The Returning Officer shall, after obtaini

40. The Returning Officer shall- (a) immediately a

41. (1) After the termination of the proceedings r

42. (1) The Returning Officer shall retain on beha

43. The documents retained under Article 42, excep

44. (1) The High Court Division may order the open

44A. In this Chapter, "election expenses" means an

44AA. (1) [At the time of submitting the nominatio

44B. (1) No person shall, except to the extent pro

[44BB. Every election agent or, where there is no

44C. (1) Every election agent of a contesting cand

44CC. (1) Every political party setting up any can

44CCC. (1) Every political party nominating any ca

[44D.(1) The statement, return and documents submi

44E. (1) During the period after the publication o

[Ommited]

[49. (1) No election shall be called in question e

50. The petitioner shall join as respondents to hi

51. (1) Every election petition shall contain- (a)

52. [Ommited]

53. [Ommited]

54. [Ommited]

55. [Ommited]

56. [Ommited]

57. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Order an

58. The High Court Division shall dismiss an elect

59. [Ommited]

60. (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary c

61. (1) Where in an election petition a declaratio

62. (1) The High Court Division may, upon the conc

63. (1) The High Court Division shall declare the

64. The High Court Division shall declare the elec

65. The High Court Division shall declare the elec

66. (1) Where, after the conclusion of the trial,

[67. (1) The High Court Division shall, as soon as

68. [(1) An election petition may be withdrawn by

69. (1) An election petition shall abate on the de

70. If, before the conclusion of the trial of an e

71. Where, at any stage of the trial of an electio

72. (1) The High Court Division shall, when making

73. A person is guilty of corrupt practice punisha

74. A person is guilty of illegal practice [punish

75. A person is guilty of bribery, if he, directly

76. A person is guilty of personation, if he votes

77. A person is guilty of undue influence, if he,-

78. (1) No person shall convene, hold or attend an

79. A person is guilty of an offence [punishable w

80. A person is guilty of an offence punishable wi

81. (1) Except as provided in clause (2) a person

82. A person is guilty of an offence punishable wi

83. A Returning Officer, Assistant Returning Offic

84. A Returning Officer, Assistant Returning Offic

85. A Returning Officer, Assistant Returning Offic

86. A person in the service of Bangladesh is guilt

[87. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Cod

[87A. (1) Any police officer, or any other member

88. [Ommited]

89. (1) No Court shall take cognizance of an offen

[89A. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Co

90. No prosecution for an offence under Article 73

90A. For the purpose of this Order, any political

90B. (1) If any political party desires to be regi

90C. (1) A political party shall not be qualified

90D. Any political party complying with the condit

90E. (1) The Commission shall, after taking a deci

90F. (1) Subject to the provision of clause (2), a

90G. A registered political party shall inform the

90H. (1) The registration of a political party may

90I. If a registered political party is aggrieved

[91. [* * *] Save as otherwise provided, the Commi

91A. (1) [* * *] The Commission shall establish a

[91B. (1) The Commission may, for the purpose of e

[91C. (1) The Commission may permit in writing any

91D. (1) The Commission, while making an enquiry u

[91E. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in th

92. No Court shall question the legality of any ac

93. No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding

[93A. The Government may provide the contesting ca

[94. The Commission may, by notification in the of

[94A. The Government shall publish an authentic te

95. The following laws are hereby repealed- (1) Th