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(1)This section applies for the purposes of the Timetable in rule 1 in Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 and is subject to section 2.
(2)The polling day for the next parliamentary general election after the passing of this Act is to be 7 May 2015.
(3)The polling day for each subsequent parliamentary general election is to be the first Thursday in May in the fifth calendar year following that in which the polling day for the previous parliamentary general election fell.
(4)But, if the polling day for the previous parliamentary general election—
(a)was appointed under section 2(7), and
(b)in the calendar year in which it fell, fell before the first Thursday in May,
subsection (3) has effect as if for “fifth” there were substituted “ fourth ”.
(5)The Prime Minister may by order made by statutory instrument provide that the polling day for a parliamentary general election in a specified calendar year is to be later than the day determined under subsection (2) or (3), but not more than two months later.
(6)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (5) may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
(7)The draft laid before Parliament must be accompanied by a statement setting out the Prime Minister's reasons for proposing the change in the polling day.
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