Procedure for review of constituencies
Constitution of Bahamas
Procedure for review of constituencies.
70.- (1) The Commission shall in accordance with the provisions of this Article, at intervals of nor more than five years, review the number and boundaries of the constituencies into which The Bahamas is divided and shall submit to the Governor-General a single report either-
a) stating that in the opinion of the Commission, no change is required ; or
b) recommending certain changes,
and the Governor-General shall cause such report to be laid before the House of Assembly forthwith.
(2) In carrying out a review for the purposes of this Article, the Commission shall be guided by the general consideration that the number of voters entitled to vote for the purposes of electing every member of the House of Assembly shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, be the same and the need to take account of special consideration such as the needs of sparsely populated areas, the practicably of elected members maintaining contact with electors in such areas, size, physical features, natural boundaries and geographical isolation.
(3) When the Commission intends to proceed under paragraph (1) of this Article, it shall, by notice in writing, inform the Prime Minister, who shall cause a copy of the notice to be published int eh Gazette.
(4) As soon as may be after the Commission has submitted a report recommending changes in the boundaries of any constituencies, the Prime Minister shall lay before the House of Assembly for its approval a draft of an Order by the Governor-General for giving effect, whether with or without modifications, to the recommendations contained in the report, and that draft may make provision for any matters (including variation of the quorum specified in Article 57 of this Constitution) which appear tot he Prime Minister to be incidental to or consequential upon the other provisions of the draft.
(5) Where any draft Order laid under this Article would give effect to any such recommendations with modifications, the Prime Minister shall lay before the House of Assembly together with the draft a statement of the reasons for the modifications.
(6) If the motion for the approval of any draft Order laid under this Article is rejected by the House of Assembly, or is withdrawn by leave of the House, an amended draft shall be laid without undue delay by the Prime Minister before the House of Assembly.
(7) If any draft Order laid under this Article is approved by resolution of the House of Assembly, the Prime Minister shall submit it tot he Governor-General who shall make an order (which shall be published in the Gazette) in terms of the draft ; and that Order shall come into force on such day as may be specified therein and, until revoked by a further Order made by the Governor-general in accordance with the provisions of this Article, shall have the force of law in The Bahamas:
Provided that the coming into force of any such Order shall not affect any election to the House of Assembly until a proclamation is made by the Governor-General appointing the date for the holding of a general election of members of the House of Assembly or affect the constitution of the House of Assembly then in being.
(8) Save as provided in the next following paragraph the question of the validity of nay Order by the Governor-General purporting to be made under his
| Article and reciting that a draft thereof has been approved by resolution of
the House of Assembly shall not be inquired into in any court of law.|
(9) Parliament may be law provide for an appeal to the Supreme Court against a statement or recommendation submitted by the Commission in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b) of this Article.
Constitution of Bahamas
Chapter I - The Constitution
1. The State
Chapter II - Citizenship
Chapter III - Protection Of Fundamental Rights And Freedoms Of The Individual
Chapter IV - The Governor-general
36. Public Seal
Chapter V - Parliament
Part 1 - Composition of Parliament
Part 2 - The Senate
Part 3 - House of Assembly
Part 4 - Powers and Procedure of Parliament
63. Assent to Bills
Part 5 - Summoning Prorogation and Dissolution
Part 6 - Delimitation of Constituencies
Chapter VI - The Executive
72. The Cabinet
Chapter VII - The Judicature
Part 1 - The Supreme Court
95. Acting Justices
Part 2 - Court of Appeal
Part 3 - Appeals to Court of Appeal and Her Majesty in Council
Chapter VIII - The Public Service
Part 1 - The Public Service Commission
Part 2 - Appointments etc. of Public Officers
Part 3 - The Public Service Board of Appeal
Part 4 - The Judicial and Legal Service Commission
Part 5 - The Police Service Commission
Part 6 - Pensions
Part 7 - Miscellaneous
127. Public Service
Chapter IX - Finance
128. Consolidated Fund
133. Contingencies Fund
134. Public Debt
Chapter X - Interpretation
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