Newfoundland and Labrador Election To Be Postponed To November 30

Today the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the intention to postpone the provincial election from October 13th to November 30th, in order to avoid a conflict with the federal election scheduled for October 19th.

Under section 3(2) of the House of Assembly Act (Newfoundland and Labrador), the provincial election must be held on the 2nd Tuesday in October every 4 years after 2007. This section will have to be amended in order to postpone the date until November.

The Premier also announced that the Act would be amended so that in the future if there were conflicts between a provincial and federal election, the provincial election could be delayed without having to amend the Act.

Lastly, the Newfoundland and Labrador Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission filed its report today that sets out the 40 electoral districts that are proposed for the upcoming election. This would be a reduction of 8 seats from the current 48. The report, which sets out the new districts and the reasoning for the changes, is available here: http://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/publications/pdf/nledbc.pdf

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