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May 18, 2024

Daily Current Affairs for PCS-J (Pre)-18 May 24 : Article 84 of the Indian Constitution

Why in news? The Returning Officer (RO) for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency has rejected comedian Shyam Rangeela’s nomination on the grounds that it was “incomplete”.

 Why was Rangeela’s nomination rejected?

The affidavit submitted by him was incomplete and he did not take the oath/affirmation and there was some deficiencies in  the nomination papers.

 What is the oath required to complete the nomination process?

  • As per Article 84 of the Constitution, a citizen who wishes to contest elections must take an oath in the presence of a person authorised by the Election Commission (EC), to bear “true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India”.
  • Usually, the RO or the Assistant RO is the authorised person for the purpose of the oath. The EC’s Handbook for ROs, 2023, says the oath or affirmation should be made and subscribed before the date fixed by the EC for the scrutiny of nominations.


About Article 84 :

Article 84 of the Indian Constitution lays down the qualifications that an individual must possess to become a member of either the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha.

Qualifications for Membership:

·         The individual must be a citizen of India.

·         The individual must be at least 30 years of age for the Rajya Sabha and at least 25 years of age for the Lok Sabha.

·         In the case of the Rajya Sabha, the individual must possess the necessary qualifications prescribed by the Parliament through legislation.

·         The individual must not hold any office of profit under the Government of India or the government of any state.

·         The individual must not be of unsound mind.

·         The individual must not be an undischarged insolvent.

·         The individual must not have been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude and sentenced to imprisonment for at least two years.


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