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Writs for general election.

32. The Governor-General in Council may cause writs to be issued125 for general elections of members126 of the House of Representatives.

After the first general election, the writs shall be issued within ten days from the expiry of a House of Representatives or from the proclamation of a dissolution thereof.

CANADA.—For the first election of members to serve in the House of Commons, the Governor-General shall cause writs to be issued by such person, in such form, and addressed to such Returning Officers as he thinks fit.—B.N.A. Act, 1867, sec. 42.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—Clause 42, Chap. I., of the Commonwealth Bill of 1891 was as follows:—

“For the purpose of holding general elections of members to serve in the House of Representatives the Governor-General may cause writs to be issued by such persons, in such form, and addressed to such Returning Officers, as he thinks fit.”

At the Adelaide session, the clause was passed in the same form, with the addition of the words: “The writs shall be issued within ten days from the expiry of a Parliament, or from the proclamation of a dissolution.” At the Sydney session, a verbal amendment suggested by the Legislature of Tasmania was negatived. (Conv. Deb., Syd. [1897], p. 463.) At the Melbourne session, on Dr. Cockburn's motion, the words “in Council” were added after “Governor-General.” (Conv. Deb., Melb., pp. 1929–31.) Verbal amendments were made before the first report and after the fourth report.

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