Canada Elections Act
Marginal note:General election — proclamation
57 (1) The Governor in Council shall issue a proclamation in order for a general election to be held.
Marginal note:By-election — order
(1.1) The Governor in Council shall make an order in order for a by-election to be held.
(1.2) The proclamation or order shall
(a) direct the Chief Electoral Officer to issue a writ to the returning officer for each electoral district to which the proclamation or order applies;
(b) fix the date of issue of the writ; and
(c) fix the date for voting at the election, which date must be at least 36 days after the issue of the writ.
Marginal note:General election
(2) In the case of a general election,
(a) the date of issue of the writ shall be the same for all electoral districts;
(b) polling day shall be the same for all electoral districts; and
(c) the proclamation shall fix a date for the return of the writ to the Chief Electoral Officer, which date shall be the same for all of the writs.
Marginal note:Election held on a Monday
(3) Subject to subsection (4), polling day shall be on a Monday.
(4) If, in the week in which the election is to be held, the Monday is a holiday, polling day shall be held on the Tuesday of that week.
Marginal note:Times when polling day is Tuesday
(5) If the day fixed for the vote is a Tuesday because of subsection (4), any time period specified under this Act before or after polling day is to be calculated as if polling day were the Monday.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 57
- 2001, c. 21, s. 5
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