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Parliament (Elections and Meeting) Act 1943

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2Initiation of election and extension of time for holding thereof

(1)For the purposes of, this Part of this Act, the date on which an election shall be taken to be initiated shall be—

(a)in the case of a general election, the date of His Majesty's proclamation summoning the new parliament; and

(b)in the case of a by-election, the date on which the writ is received;

and references to the initiation of an election shall be construed accordingly.

(2)In their application to a war election the following enactments, namely—

(a)rule 2A of the First Schedule to the Ballot Act, 1872, as amended by Part I of the Second Schedule to the principal Act (which provides that at a general election the day fixed for the election shall be the eighth day after the date of His Majesty's proclamation summoning the new parliament);

(b)subsection (3) of section twenty-one of the principal Act (which provides that the time appointed for the meeting of parliament may be any time not less than twenty clear days after the said proclamation);

(c)rule 2 of the First Schedule to the Ballot Act, 1872 (which, as amended by Part II of this Act, provides that, in the case of a by-election for a county, the day fixed for the election shall not be later than the ninth day after the day on which the writ is received);

(d)section three of the Representation of the People (No. 2) Act, 1920 (which, as amended by Part II of this Act, provides that, in the case of a by-election for a borough, the day fixed for nomination shall not be later than the seventh day after the day on which the writ is received);

shall have effect as if there were substituted, for the reference to the date of His Majesty's proclamation or the day on which the writ is received, as the case may be, a reference to the day on which the register under this Part of this Act comes into force for that election.

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