THE DELIMITATION ACT, 1972
(76 OF 1972)
An Act to provide for the readjustment of the allocation of seats in the House of the People to the States, the total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of each State, the division each State and each Union territory having a Legislative Assembly and the Union territory of Delhi into territorial constituencies for elections to the House of the people and Legislative Assemblies of the States and Union territories and Metropolitan Council of Delhi and for matters connected therewith.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-third year of the Republic of India as follows;-
1. Short title:
This Act may be called the Delimitation Act,1972
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
(a) "article" means an article of the constitution;
(b)"associate member" means a member nominated under section 5;
(c)"Commission" means the Delimitation Commission constituted under section 3;
(d)"Legislative Assembly " includes the Metropolitan Council of Delhi;
(e)'latest census figures" mean the census figures as ascertained at the census held in 1971;
(f):Member" means a member of the Commission and includes the Chairman;
(g)"State"includes a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly but does not include the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
3.Constitution of Delimitation commission.
(1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, the Central government shall constitute a commission to be called the Delimitation
Commission which shall consist of three members as follows:
(a) Two members, each of whom shall be a person who is or has been a Judge of the Supreme court or of a High Court, to be appointed by the Central government; and
(b) the Chief Election Commissioner, ex officio.
(2) The Central Government shall nominate one of the members appointed under clause (a) of sub-section (1) to be the Chairman of the Commission. 4. The Central Government shall nominate one of the members appointed under clause (a) of sub-section (1) to be the Chairman of the Commission.