BILL NO. 239
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
69 Elizabeth II, 2020
Private Member's Bill
First Reading: February 28, 2020
This Bill provides for a fixed date for general elections. The date would normally be the second Tuesday in October every fourth year.
1 Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2011, the Elections Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 29 the following Section:
- 29A (1) Nothing in this Section affects the powers of the Lieutenant Governor, including the power to dissolve the House of Assembly at the discretion of the Lieutenant Governor.
(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 the second Tuesday of October 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.
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