THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
SUMMONING, PROROGATION AND DISSOLUTION
SESSIONS OF PARLIAMENT
67.- 1. Each session of Parliament shall be held at such place within
Trinidad and Tobago and shall commence at such time as the President may by
2. There shall be a session of each House once at least in every year, so that
a period of six months shall not intervene between the last sitting of
Parliament in one session and the first sitting thereof in the next session.
PROROGATION AND DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT
68.- 1. The President, acting in accordance with the advice of the
Prime Minister, may at any time prorogye or dissolve Parliament.
2. Subject to subsection (3), Parliament, unless sooner dissolved, shall
continue for five years from the date of its first sitting after any
dissolution, and shall then stand dissolved.
3. At any time when Trinidad and Tobago is at war, Parliament may extend the
period of five years specified in subsection (2) for not more than twelve
months at a time; so however that the life of Parliament shall not be extended
under this subsection for more than five years.
4. Where, between a dissolution of Parliament and the next ensuing general
election of members to the House of Representatives, an emergency arises of
such a nature that in the opinion of the Primer Minister, it is necessary for
the two Houses to be summoned before that general election can be held, the
President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may
summon the two Houses of the preceding Parliament but the election of members
of the House of Representatives shall proceed and the Parliament that has been
summoned shall, if not sooner dissolved, again stand dissolved on the day on
which the general election is held.
GENERAL ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF SENATORS
69.- 1. A general election of members of the House of Representatives
shall be held at such time within three months after every dissolution of
Parliament as the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime
Minister, shall appoint.
2. As soon as practicable after every general election, the President shall
proceed under section 40 to the appointment of Senators.
3. Where a vacancy occurs in the House of Representatives within the first four
years of the Life of the Parliament a bye-election shall be held to fill such
ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION
70.- 1. Trinidad and Tobago shall be divided into thirty-six
constituencies or such other number as may be provided for by an Order made by
the President in accordance with the provisions of this Part and each such
constituency shall return one member to the House of Representatives.
2. Not less than two such constituencies shall be in the Island of Tobago.
ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION
71.- 1. There shall be an Elections and Boundaries Commission for
Trinidad and Tobago (in this Part referred to as "the Commission2).
2. The members of the Commission shall be a Chairman and not less than two nor
more than four other members.
3. The Chairman and other members of the Commission shall be appointed by the
President, after consultation with the Prime Ministe and the Leader of the
4. A person shall not be qualified to hold office as a member of the Commission
who is a Minister, a Parliamentary Secretary, a member of the House of
Representatives, a Senator, a temporary member of the Senate, or a public
5. Subject to the provisions of this section, a member of the Commission shall
vacate his office-
a. at the expiration of five years from the date of his appointment, but is
eligible for re-appointment; or
b. where any circumstances arise, that, if he were not a member of the
Commission, would cause him to be disqualified for appointment as such.
6. Three members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.
7. Where there is a quorum, the Commission shall not be disqualified for the
transaction of business by reason of any vacancy among its members, and any
proceeding of the Commission shall be valid even though some person who was not
entitled so to do took part therein.
8. The Commission may regulate its own procedure.
9. The Commission shall be provided with a staff adequate for the efficient
discharge of its functions.
10. The salaries and allowances of the staff of the Commission shall be a
charge on the Consolidated Fund.
11. The registration of voters and the conduct of elections in every
constituency shall be subject to the direction and supervision of the
12. In the exercise of its functions under this section the Commission shall
not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.
PROCEDURE FOR REVIEW OF CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES
72.- 1. The Commission shall, in accordance with the provisions of this
section, review the number and boundaries of the constituencies into which
Trinidad and Tobago is divided and submit to the Primer Minister and the
Speaker for presentation to the House of Representatives in accordance with
this section reports either-
a. showing the constituencies into which it recommends that Trinidad and Tobago
should be divided in order to give effect to the rules set out in the Second
b. stating that, in the opinion of the Commission, no alteration is required to
the existing number or boundaries of constituencies in order to give effect to
the said rules.
2. Reports under subsection (1) shall be submitted by the Commission not less
than two nor more than five years from the dare of the submission of its last
3. As soon as may be after the Commission has submitted a report under
subsection (1)(a) the Minister designated by the Prime Minister for this
purpose (in this section called "the Minister") shall lay before the House of
Representatives for its approval the draft of an Order by the President for
giving effect, whether with or without modifications. to the recommendations
contained inthe report, and that draft may make provision for any matters which
appear to the Minister to be incidental to or consequential upon the other
provisions of the draft.
4. Where any draft made under this section gives effect to any such
recommendations with modifications, the Minister shall lay before the House of
Representatives together with the draft a statement of the reasons for the
5. Where the motion for the approval of any draft made under this section is
rejected by the House of Representatives, or is withdrawn by leave of that
House, the Minister shall amend the draft and lay the amended draft before the
House of Representatives.
6. Where any draft made under this section is approved by resolution of the
House of Representatives, the Minister shall submit it to the President who
shall make the Order 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 President in accordance with the provisions of this section,
shall have the force of law.
7. The question of the validity of any Order by the President purporting to be
made under this section and reciting that a draft thereof has been approved by
resolution of the House of Representatives shall not be enquired into in any
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