130. Where the seat of a Member in the National Assembly becomes vacant, the order instituting the holding of a by-election must be issued not later than six months after it becomes vacant.
However, the Government is not required to make such an order if the vacancy occurs six months or less before the date of the next general election fixed under the second paragraph of section 129, or after that date if the general election is to be held on the date fixed under the first paragraph of section 129.2.
Once the order instituting the holding of a general election is issued, any order instituting the holding of a by-election ceases to have effect.
1989, c. 1, s. 130; 1998, c. 52, s. 44; 1999, c. 40, s. 116; 2013, c. 13, s. 5.