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What is Article 325?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

According to Article 325 in the Constitution of India, no person shall be barred from being included on a special electoral roster based on religion, race, caste, or sex. According to the article, there would only be one electoral roll for each constituency used to elect representatives to the State and Federal legislatures.

Article 325 in the Constitution of India

In the Draft Constitution of 1948, Draft Article 289A (Article 325 of the Constitution of India of 1950) was not present. On 16 June 1949, the Chairman of the Drafting Committee proposed this clause. After the Draft article, it was established that a single electoral roll would be used for each constituency to elect representatives for the State and Federal legislatures.

  • Elections to either the Parliament House or the House or Legislature House of a State further stipulate that there has to be one general electoral roll for each territorial constituency.
  • No person shall be excluded from any such claim or roll to be added in any special electoral roll for any such constituency based solely on their religion, sex, race, caste, or any of them.
  • The objective behind the Article 325 provision was to categorically state¬†that there would be no separate electorates for minorities.

Summary:

What is Article 325?

As per Article 325 of the Indian Constitution, no person shall be excluded from a special electoral roster based on caste, race, religion, or sex. In other words, everyone is eligible for inclusion in a special electoral roll for any constituency. This is an important provision that aimed to categorically state that no separate electorates would be held for minorities in the country.

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