July Upper House Election Found in Unconstitutional State


Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref., Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Takamatsu High Court ruled Wednesday that the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, was held in a state of unconstitutionality in terms of vote-value disparities.

But the court dismissed the plaintiffs' demand to annul the election.

"The disparity was extremely unequal and thus was in a state of unconstitutionality," President Judge Ryuichi Kamiyama said, referring to the maximum disparity of up to 3.0 times in the Upper House election.

He pointed to growing public awareness about the rights of citizens.

The disparity cannot be tolerated in terms of common sense and deteriorated substantially from the maximum gap of up to 1.98 times in the October 2017 election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, Kamiyama said.

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