BILL NO. 39
3rd Session, 62nd General Assembly
65 Elizabeth II, 2016
Private Member's Bill
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: October 21, 2016
This Bill provides for a fixed date for general elections. The date would be set by regulation.
1 Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2011, the Elections Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 29 the following Section:
(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), and the powers of the Lieutenant Governor referred to in subsection (1), notwithstanding any other enactment, each general election must be held on a Tuesday, as determined by the regulations, in the fourth calendar year following ordinary polling day for the most recent general election.
(3) Where the Chief Electoral Officer is of the opinion that a Tuesday that would otherwise be ordinary polling day is not suitable for that purpose, including by reason of it being in conflict with a day of cultural or religious significance or a federal or municipal election, the Chief Electoral Officer shall choose another day in accordance with subsection (4) and recommend to the Governor in Council that ordinary polling day be that other day, and the Governor in Council may make an order to that effect.
(4) For the purpose of subsection (3), the Chief Electoral Officer may choose as an alternative ordinary polling day one of the seven days following the Tuesday that would otherwise be ordinary polling day.
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