According to Section 158 of the Representation of the People Act,1951 a sum of Rs.10,000/- in the case of an election from an Assembly Constituency. (The amount of deposit is half in the case of a candidate belonging to a scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe) is taken as a security deposit by the Election Commission.
And as per the above rules – “any candidate who gets less than 1/6th of the total votes polled will have his/her security deposit forfeited by the Commission.”
|VOTING||2018||Total Voters 2018||Actual Votes Polled 2018||Minimum Votes required to avoid Deposit Forfeiture|
|Belagavi North||63.18%||234887||148402||24734 Votes|
|Belagavi South||61.57%||234509||144387||24065 Votes|
|Belagavi Rural||77.52%||238753||185081||30847 Votes|
The votes will also include the Service Voters votes in which case the Actual Votes polled will increase but the number is not huge and hence the impact would be minimal.
So from the above table it is clear that for a candidate to save his deposit he must get minimum 24,734 votes in North, 24065 in South and 30,847 votes in Rural AC.
Deposit is refunded when –
Candidate was defeated but secured more than one-sixth of the total number of valid votes
polled in the constituency including the valid postal votes .N.B.
(i) The candidate must have polled more than one-sixth of the total valid votes polled in the constituency as a whole in order to be entitled to there fund.
(ii) If the candidate has polled exactly one-sixth of the number of valid votes polled, the
deposit will not be refunded.
(iii) If the candidate was elected, the deposit will be refunded even if he did not poll more
than one-sixth of the valid votes.
It would be interesting to see how many candidates will be able to save their deposits.