Japan Top Court Finds 2021 Lower House Poll Constitutional

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Tokyo, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the House of Representatives election in October 2021 was constitutional in terms of vote-value disparity.

The top court's Grand Bench issued the ruling on 16 lawsuits filed by two groups of lawyers who claimed that the general election for the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, violated the Constitution, which calls for the equality of votes, and demanded that results of the poll be nullified.

In the election, the maximum vote-value disparity stood at 2.08 times.

It is the second straight time that the top court has found vote-value disparity in a Lower House election constitutional. The previous ruling concerned the 2017 election, which had a maximum disparity of 1.98 times.

Wednesday's ruling was decided by a vote of 14 to one. The only dissenter was Katsuya Uga, a scholar-turned-justice, who found the 2021 election unconstitutional but stopped short of voiding the results.

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