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The Bahamas Independence Order 1973

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Provisions for time of war or emergency

29.—(1) This Article applies to any period when—

(a)The Bahamas is at war; or

(b)there is in force a proclamation (in this section referred to as a “proclamation of emergency”) made by the Governor-General and published in the Gazette declaring that a state of public emergency exists for the purposes of this section.

(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of Article 19, any provision of Article 20 other than paragraph (4) therefor, or any provision of Articles 21 to 26 (inclusive) of this Constitution to the extent that the law in question makes in relation to any period to which this Article applies provisions, or authorises the doing during any such period of anything, which is reasonably justifiable in the circumstances of any situation or existing during that period for the purpose of dealing with that situation.

(3) Where any proclamation of emergency has been made, copies thereof shall as soon as practicable be laid before both Houses of Parliament, and if for any cause those Houses are not due to meet within five days the Governor-General shall, by proclamation published in the Gazette, summon them to meet within five days and they shall accordingly meet and sit upon the day appointed by the proclamation and shall continue to sit and act as if they had stood adjourned or prorogued to that day;

Provided that if the proclamation of emergency is made during the period between a dissolution of Parliament and the next ensuing general election—

(a)the Houses to be summoned as aforesaid shall be the Houses referred to in Article 66 of this Constitution unless the Governor-General is satisfied that it will be practicable to hold that election within seven days of the making of the proclamation of emergency; and

(b)if the Governor-General is so satisfied, he shall (instead of summoning the Houses so referred to meet within five days of the making of the Proclamation) summons the Houses of the new Parliament to meet as soon as practicable after the Holding of that election.

(4) A proclamation of emergency shall, unless it is sooner revoked by the Governor-General, cease to be in force at the expiration of a period of fourteen days beginning on the date on which it was made or such longer period as may be provided under paragraph (5) of this Article, but without prejudice to the making of another proclamation of emergency at or before the end of that period.

(5) If at any time while a proclamation of emergency is in force (including any time while it is in force by virtue of the provisions of this paragraph) a resolution is passed by each House of Parliament approving its continuance in force for a further period, not exceeding six months, beginning on the date on which it would otherwise expire, the proclamation shall, if not sooner revoked, continue in force for that further period.

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