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    Qualification and disqualification policy for MLA candidate

    Aspiring to contest for MLA seat? Searching for the policies, norms, eligibility criteria and any restrictions? On this Ask Expert page check out the responses and get resolution to your queries.

    I want to contest for MLA seat from Odisha. I am a father of 3 children. Is there any restriction for it? What is the policy for Odisha? Am I eligible to contest for MLA ? What is the policy of our Constitution? Can you give me a elaborate answer with proper sections as reference.
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  • 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.

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  • The number of children is not the matter of consideration for being eligible to file nomination for Legislative Assembly constituency in any state of the country.

    The candidates for Legislative Assembly seats in any state must be a citizen of India; he/she should be above 25 years of age; he/she should not hold any office of profit at the time of filing application; he/she should not be convicted for any criminal offence; he/she should not be of unsound mind and has not been declared insolvent.

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  • This is the link from the Election Commission of India. A handbook for candidates that describes in far more great detail about qualifications, disqualifications, do and don'ts all in clear stepwise order. Please refer this (

    Please ensure that your name is correctly recorded and spelt in the electoral role and in the nomination papers. If there is a mismatch at the time of scrutiny, the other contestants might object and it might even go against you.

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