The disqualification of persons elected as members of Parliament on grounds subsisting at the time of election may be determined by an election court on presentation of an election petition1. A returning officer may not decide any question which might be raised with respect to the disqualification of a candidate unless a nomination paper is on the face of it a mere abuse of the rules of nomination2. Votes given for a candidate who is disqualified may in certain circumstances be regarded as not given at all or thrown
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