Next Falkland Islands general election
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The Next Falkland Islands general election will elect all eight members of the Legislative Assembly (five from the Stanley constituency and three from the Camp constituency) through universal suffrage using block voting, with the Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands acting as returning officer. It will be the third election since the new Constitution came into force replacing the Legislative Council (which had existed since 1845) with the Legislative Assembly.
Timing and procedure
Under the Constitution of the Falkland Islands, the Legislative Assembly must be dissolved by the Governor four years after the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly following the last election (unless the Executive Council advises the Governor to dissolve the Legislative Assembly sooner). An election must then take place within 70 days of the dissolution.
The first meeting of the current Legislative Assembly took place on 11 November 2013, meaning the Legislative Assembly must be dissolved by midnight on 10 November 2017 and an election must take place before 19 January 2018. However, if recent precedent is followed, the Executive Council is likely to ask the Governor for an early dissolution and an election to take place sometime in November 2017 (four years after the last election). Following the British convention, elections normally take place on a Thursday.
- "Official text of the Falkland Islands Constitution Order 2008" (PDF). falklands.gov.fk. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
33.—(1) A general election shall be held at such time after every dissolution of the Legislative Assembly as the Governor shall appoint by proclamation published in the Gazette; but the date so appointed shall not be more than 70 days after the date of dissolution... (2) The Governor shall dissolve the Legislative Assembly at the expiration of four years from the date when the Assembly first meets after any general election, unless it has been sooner dissolved.
- "Falkland Islands' legislators elect three MLAs to the Executive Council". MercoPress. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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