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Election Petitions Act, 1848 (page 8)

Officially titled "An Act to amend the Law for the Trial of Election Petitions", the Election Petitions Act of 1848 created a Committee of Elections within the House of Commons to consider controverted elections. Controverted elections were elections which had their legitimacy challenged – this could be for a number of reasons, including bribery, corruption and treating. The Committee of Elections were responsible for determining the outcome of an election petition.