Eligibility criteria for contesting state Legislative Assemblies (MLA).
1. He/she should be citizen of India,
2. Minimum age for contesting as MLA in election is 25 years
3.Candidate should be registered as a voter at least in one of the constituencies anywhere in that state.
4. Candidate should not be a Criminal background. He/she should not be in jail for more than 2 years.
5. Minimum one voter should propose his/her name for candidature in the case of a candidate contesting from a recognized party. For contesting as an independent candidate, minimum 10 persons should propose his candidature.
6. For those contesting in assembly elections, he/she has to make Rs10000 as a security deposit, while for SC/ST candidates, it is Rs.5000 only. After completion of the elections, this money will be returned back to those candidates who obtained minimum one-sixth of the valid votes polled. Otherwise, he will forfeit the deposit.
A person shall be disqualified as MLA
(a) if he holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State specified in the First Schedule, other than an office declared by the Legislature of the State by law not to disqualify its holder;
(b) If he is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court;
(c) If he is an undischarged insolvent;
(d) If he is not a citizen of India, or has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a foreign State, or is under any acknowledgement of allegiance or adherence to a foreign State;
(e) If he is so disqualified by or under any law made by Parliament.