Section 57 Adjournment of poll in emergencies - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the procedure of Adjournment of poll in emergencies? Section 57 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 57 : Adjournment of poll in emergencies
(1) If at an election the proceedings at any polling station provided under
section 25 or at the place fixed under sub-section (1) of section 29 for the
poll are interrupted or obstructed by any riot or open violence, or if at an
election it is not possible to take the poll at any polling station or such
place on account of any natural calamity, or any other sufficient cause, the
presiding officer for such polling station or the returning officer presiding
over such place, as the case may be, shall announce an adjournment of the poll
to a date to be notified later, and where the poll is so adjourned by a
presiding officer, he shall forthwith inform the returning officer concerned.
(2) Whenever a poll is adjourned under sub-section (1), the returning officer
shall immediately report the circumstances to the appropriate authority and the
Election Commission, and shall, as soon as may be, with the previous approval of
the Election Commission, appoint the day on which the poll shall recommence, and
fix the polling station or place at which and the hours during which the poll
will be taken and shall not count the votes cast at such election until such
adjourned poll shall have been completed.
(3) In every such case as aforesaid; the returning officer shall notify in
such manner as the Election Commission may direct the date, place and hours of
polling fixed under sub-section (2).