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Statutes of Newfoundland 1992


CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 19

AN ACT TO AMEND THE ELECTION ACT
RESPECTING THE HOLDING OF A PLEBISCITE IN THE PROVINCE

(Assented to June 11, 1992)

Analysis

1. Sections Added
S.172 Plebiscite on Constitution
S.173 Federal Acts may apply
S.174 Cancellation of plebiscite
S.175 Regulations

Be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:


RSN 1990 cE-3 as amended

1. The Election Act is amended by adding immediately after section 171 the following:

Plebiscite on Constitution

172. Where the Lieutenant-Governor in Council decides to hold a plebiscite on a question relating to the Constitution of Canada or relating to or arising out of a possible change to the Constitution of Canada the plebiscite may be held in conjunction with a plebiscite or referendum held by the government of Canada.

Federal Acts may apply

173. (1) Notwithstanding subsection 171(2), where a plebiscite is held under section 172, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council may agree with the government of Canada that the provisions of the Canada Elections Act, including the use of the list of electors compiled under that Act and the use of returning officers and other election officials appointed under that Act, and the Referendum Act (Canada) shall apply to the holding of a plebiscite under section 172.

(2) Where subsection (1) applies to the holding of a plebiscite, that plebiscite shall be considered to have been as validly held as if it had been conducted according to the provisions of this Act.

Cancellation of plebiscite

174. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, at any time before the day on which the plebiscite is to be held, cancel the plebiscite.

Regulations

175. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) regulating or prohibiting, for the purposes of campaigning for or against a question put to the electors at a plebiscite,

(i) contributions that may be made to political parties, persons or groups of persons, and

(ii) expenses that may be incurred by political parties, persons and groups of persons; and

(b) generally, which the Lieutenant-Governor in Council considers necessary to facilitate the holding of a plebiscite.

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