OATHS OF OFFICE AND ALLEGIANCE
—(1) The oath of allegiance referred to in Part I of the Second Schedule, and the oath of office referred to in Part II of that Schedule, shall be tendered to and taken by all persons required under any written law to take an oath of office.
(2) The oath of allegiance referred to in Part I of the Second Schedule, and the judicial oath referred to in Part III of that Schedule, shall be tendered to and taken by all persons required under any written law to take a judicial oath.
(3) This section is without prejudice to any other written law which prescribes the form and manner in which an oath of office or a judicial oath, as the case may be, may be tendered and taken.
16. Any person who —
is a Hindu or Muslim or of some other religion according to which oaths are not of binding force; or
has a conscientious objection to taking an oath,
and who is required to take an oath of office or judicial oath under any written law may, instead of taking the oaths referred to in section 15(1) or (2), as the case may be, make an affirmation in the form of those oaths, substituting the words “solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm” for the word “swear” and omitting the words “So help me God”.