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24/07/2024
Laws of Bangladesh

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

( PRESIDENT'S ORDER NO. 155 OF 1972 )

Chapter VI

OFFENCES, PENALTY AND PROCEDURE

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

 
 
 
 

(1) in order to induce or compel any person to vote or refrain from voting, or to offer himself as a candidate, or to withdraw his candidature, at an election, directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person on his behalf,-

 
 
 
 

(a) makes or threatens to make use of any force, violence or restraint;

 
 
 
 

(b) inflicts or threatens to inflict any injury, damage, harm or loss;

 
 
 
 

(c) calls down or threatens to call down divine displeasure of any saint or Pir;

 
 
 
 

(d) gives or threatens to give any religious sentence; or

 
 
 
 

(e) uses any official influence or governmental patronage; or

 
 
 
 

(2) on account of any person having voted or refrained from voting, or having offered himself as a candidate, or having withdrawn his candidature, does any of the acts specified in sub clause (1);

 
 
 
 

(3) by abduction, duress or any fraudulent device or contrivance,-

 
 
 
 

(a) impedes or prevents the free exercise of the franchise by an elector; or

 
 
 
 

(b) compels, induces or prevails upon any elector to vote or refrain in from voting.

 
 

Explanation- In this Article “harm” includes socialostracism or ex communication or expulsion from any caste or community.


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