Section 160 Requisitioning of premises, vehicles, etc., for election purposes - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the law regarding Requisitioning of premises, vehicles, etc., for
election purposes? Section 160 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 160 : Requisitioning of premises, vehicles, etc., for election purposes
(1) If it appears to the State Government that in connection with an election
held within the State -
(a) any premises are needed or are likely to be needed for the purpose of
being used as a polling station or for the storage of ballot boxes after a poll
has been taken, or
(b) any vehicle, vessel or animal is needed or is likely to be needed for the
purpose of transport of ballot boxes to or from any polling station, or
transport of members of the police force for maintaining order during the
conduct of such election, or transport of any officer or other person for
performance of any duties in connection with such election, that Government may
by order in writing requisition such premises, or such vehicle, vessel or
animal, as the case may be, and may make such further orders as may appear to it
to be necessary or expedient in connection with the requisitioning:
Provided that no vehicle, vessel or animal which is being lawfully used by a
candidate or his agent for any purpose connected with the election of such
candidate shall be requisitioned under this sub-section until the completion of
the poll at such election.
(2) The requisition shall be effected by an order in writing addressed to the
person deemed by the State Government to be the owner or person in possession of
the property, and such order shall be served in the prescribed manner on the
person to whom it is addressed.
(3) Whenever any property is requisitioned under sub-section (1), the period
of such requisition shall not extend beyond the period for which such property
is required for any of the purposes mentioned in that sub-section.
(4) In this section, -
(a) "premises" means any land, building or part of a building and includes a
hut, shed or other structure or any part thereof;
(b) "vehicle" means any vehicle used or capable of being used for the purpose
of road transport, whether propelled by mechanical power or otherwise.