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Recall of MPs Act 2015

Section 7: Where and from when the recall petition may be signed

46.Section 7 sets out the petition officer’s duties on receiving the Speaker’s notice.

47.Subsection (1) provides that when the petition officer receives the Speaker’s notice the petition officer must, as soon as reasonably practicable, designate the place(s) at which, and the day from which, the recall petition can be signed.

48.The petition officer may designate up to a maximum of ten places and the officer must seek to ensure that the signing places have reasonable facilities and are accessible to the disabled, as far as is reasonable and practicable (subsections (2) and (3)).

49.The petition officer must designate the first day from which the petition will be available for signing (subsection (1)). This must be the day which is the 10th working day after the day on which the Speaker’s notice is received. However, if it is not reasonably practicable to designate that day, the petition officer may delay the opening of the petition until the first subsequent working day that it is reasonably practicable to designate (subsection (4)).

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