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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 17 from 2003-01-01 to 2007-06-21:

Marginal note:Power to adapt Act

  •  (1) During an election period, if an emergency, an unusual or unforeseen circumstance or an error makes it necessary, the Chief Electoral Officer may adapt any provision of this Act and, in particular, may extend the time for doing any act, subject to subsection (2), or increase the number of election officers or polling stations.

  • Marginal note:Limitation — power to adapt

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer shall not extend the hours within which a returning officer may receive a nomination paper or the voting hours at an advance polling station or, subject to subsection (3), the voting hours on polling day.

  • Marginal note:Emergency — extending voting hours

    (3) If voting at a polling station is interrupted on polling day by an emergency and the Chief Electoral Officer is satisfied that, if the voting hours at the polling station are not extended, a substantial number of electors will not be able to vote, the Chief Electoral Officer shall extend the voting hours at the polling station for the period the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary to give those electors a reasonable opportunity to vote, as long as the polling station does not in any case

    • (a) close later than midnight on polling day; or

    • (b) remain open during polling day for a total of more than 12 hours.

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