Court Finds 2021 Lower House Poll in Unconstitutional State

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Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref., Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Takamatsu High Court ruled Tuesday that the election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, on Oct. 31 last year was held in a state of unconstitutionality in terms of vote-value disparities.

The ruling at the court in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, is the first that has been handed out over the Lower House poll's vote-value disparities, which reached up to 2.08 times.

Presiding Judge Ryuichi Kamiyama, however, dismissed the plaintiffs' demand to annul the election. The plaintiffs plan to file an appeal against the ruling.

The plaintiffs, including lawyers, have filed lawsuits to nullify the results of the Lower House election with a total of 14 high courts and high court branches across Japan.

Rulings on all of the lawsuits will be handed down by March. After the rulings, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a unified verdict by the end of the year at the earliest.

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