Section 131 Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations?
Section 131 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 131 : Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations
(1) No person shall, on the date or dates on which a poll is taken at any
(a) use or operate within or at the entrance of the polling station, or in
any public or private place in the neighborhood thereof, any apparatus for
amplifying or reproducing the human voice, such as a megaphone or a loudspeaker,
(b) shout, or otherwise act in a disorderly manner, within or at the entrance
of the polling station or in any public or private place in the neighborhood
thereof, so as to cause annoyance to any person visiting the polling station for
the poll, or so as to interfere with the work of the
officers and other persons on duty at the polling station.
(2) Any person who contravenes, or willfully aids or abets the contravention
of, the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment
which may extend to three months or with fine or with both.
(3) If the presiding officer of a polling station has reason to believe that
any person is committing or has committed an offence punishable under this
section, he may direct any police officer to arrest such person, and thereupon
the police officer shall arrest him.
(4) Any police officer may take such steps, and use such force, as may be
reasonably necessary for preventing any contravention of the provisions of
sub-section (1), and may seize any apparatus used for such contravention.