Constitutional Referendum Act


Published: 1977-12-29

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Constitutional Referendum Act
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Holding of referendum.
3. Question to be asked in referendum.
4. Application of Parliamentary Elections Act.
5. Regulations.
6. Expenses.

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An Act to provide for the manner in which a vote

shall be taken for the purpose of obtaining the approval
of the electors with respect to a Bill which seeks to alter
certain Articles of the Constitution of The Bahamas.

[Commencement 29th December, 1977]
1. This Act may be cited as the Constitutional

Referendum Act.
2. (1) For the purpose of obtaining the approval of

the electors qualified to vote in an election of members of
the House of Assembly with respect to a Bill submitted to
them, which Bill seeks to alter an Article of the
Constitution specified in Article 54(2) or (3) of the
Constitution or any of the provisions of The Bahamas
Independence Act, 1973, a vote shall be taken by way of a
referendum held in accordance with this Act.

(2) The Governor-General may by proclamation
appoint a day for the holding of a referendum, being a day
not earlier than twenty-one days after the date of the
proclamation.

(3) The electors qualified to vote in a referendum
shall be the electors who are qualified to vote as electors
for the Election of members of the House of Assembly and
for the purpose of referendum the register of voters
prepared pursuant to section 13 of the Parliamentary
Elections Act, 1992 shall be deemed to be closed ten days
before the holding of the referendum.

3. The question to be asked in a referendum shall be
set out in the Bill which seeks to amend the Constitution or
The Bahamas Independence Act, 1973, as the case may be.

4. For the purposes of a referendum the votes of
the electors shall be cast and the proceedings shall be
conducted so far as may be as if a referendum were a
general election of members of the House of Assembly
and the Parliamentary Elections Act, and any regulations
in force under that Act, shall be construed accordingly.

16 of 1977
7 of 2002

Short title.

Holding of
referendum.

7 of 2002, s. 3.

7 of 2002, s. 4.

Question to be
asked in
referendum.

Application of
Parliamentary
Elections Act.

7 of 2002, s. 2.
Ch. 7;

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5. The Governor-General may make regulations —
(a) for the establishment of such organization as

may appear to the Governor-General to be
necessary for the conduct of a referendum;

(b) as to the form of a ballot paper for the purpose
of a referendum;

(c) for the modification of the Parliamentary
Elections Act (including omissions from,
additions to and amendments to the said Act) for
the purpose of this Act;

(d) for any other matter appearing to the Governor-
General to be necessary or expedient for the
purposes of this Act.

6. Any expenses incurred in carrying this Act into
effect shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by
Parliament.

Regulations.

7 of 2002, s. 2.
Ch.7

Expenses.

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