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Two high courts ruled Monday that the disparity in the weight of votes in July’s House of Councilors election was “in a state of unconstitutionality,” but dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that poll results from a combined seven constituencies be nullified.

The plaintiffs, a group of lawyers, claim that vote-value gaps of up to 4.77-fold in the July 21 Upper House election violate the equal-protection clause of the Constitution, meaning the election should be invalidated.

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