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SECTION 171A IPC - Indian Penal Code - "Candidate", "Electoral right" defined


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 171A
  2. IPC 171A in Simple Words

Description of IPC Section 171A

According to section 171A of Indian penal code, For the purposes of this Chapter:

  1. “candidate” means a person who has been nominated as a candidate at any election;
  2. “electoral right” means the right of a person to stand, or not to stand as, or to withdraw from being, a candidate or to vote or refrain from voting at an election.



IPC 171A in Simple Words

Section 171A of the Indian Penal Code defines the terms "candidate" and "electoral right" for the purpose of this chapter, where "candidate" refers to a nominated person for an election, and "electoral right" means the right to stand as a candidate, vote, or withdraw from being a candidate.

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What is Section 171B of the IPC?

Section 171B: Bribery The section vide clause (1) (i) says that whoever gives a gratification to any person with the object of inducing him or any other person to exercise any electoral right or of rewarding any person for having exercised any such right, commits the offence of bribery. 10 Apr 2023

What is Article 171 of the IPC?

[171-I. Failure to keep election accounts. u2014Whoever being required by any law for the time being in force or any rule having the force of law to keep accounts of expenses incurred at or in connection with an election fails to keep such accounts shall be punished with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.]

What is Section 171 of the Criminal Code?

171. Wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent.

What is Section 171 G IPC?

Whoever with intent to affect the result of an election makes or publishes any statement purporting to be a statement of fact which is false and which he either knows or believes to be false or does not believe to be true, in relation to the personal character or conduct of any candidate shall be punished with fine.