- Writ of election
A writ of election is a
writissued by the governmentordering the holding of a special electionfor a governmental office.
United Kingdomand in Canada, this is the "only" way of holding an election for the House of Commons. When the government wants to or is required to dissolve parliament, a writ of election is issued for each constituency (in the UK) or electoral district (in Canada).
Australia, the writs are issued by the Governor-General for the House of Representatives and by the respective state Governors for the Senate. State governors also issue the writs for elections in the state and territorial legislatures. The writs are issued to the relevant Electoral Officer or Returning Officer, as the case may be, who must return them after the election has been held within a fixed period.
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