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5Extraordinary general electionsU.K.

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(1)The [F1Presiding Officer] must propose a day for the holding of a poll at an extraordinary general election if subsection (2) or (3) applies.

(2)This subsection applies if—

(a)the Assembly resolves that it should be dissolved, and

(b)the resolution of the Assembly is passed on a vote in which the number of Assembly members voting in favour of it is not less than two-thirds of the total number of Assembly seats.

(3)This subsection applies if any period during which the Assembly is required under section 47 to nominate an Assembly member for appointment as the First Minister ends without such a nomination being made.

(4)If the [F2Presiding Officer] proposes a day under subsection (1), Her Majesty may by [F3proclamation under the Welsh Seal]

(a)dissolve the Assembly and require an extraordinary general election to be held,

(b)require the poll at the election to be held on the day proposed, and

(c)require the Assembly to meet within the period of seven days beginning immediately after the day of the poll.

(5)If a poll is held under this section within the period of six months ending with the day on which the poll at the next ordinary general election would be held (disregarding section 4), that ordinary general election is not to be held.

(6)But subsection (5) does not affect the year in which the subsequent ordinary general election is to be held.

(7)In calculating any period of days for the purposes of subsection (4)(c), the following days are to be disregarded—

(a)Saturday and Sunday,

(b)Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Good Friday,

(c)any day which is a bank holiday in Wales under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 (c. 80), and

(d)any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 5(1) substituted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), ss. 6(13), 71(4) (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(b)

F2Words in s. 5(4) substituted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), ss. 6(14)(a), 71(4) (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(b)

F3Words in s. 5(4) substituted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), ss. 6(14)(b), 71(4) (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(b)

Commencement Information

I1Ss. 1-94, 97-106 in force immediately after "the 2007 election" by s. 161(1) (subject to s. 161(4)(5))

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