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Article 14 - Exceptional circumstances

Article 14

Exceptional circumstances

 

   (1) By way of derogation from Art 4, the State Governor may, for the duration of exceptional circumstances, transfer the seat of State Government and, with the agreement of its President, the seat of the State Parliament, to a different location within the State.
   (2) If exceptional circumstances make it impossible to hold a State Parliament election on the due date, it may be postponed for a maximum of nine months after the end of these circumstances. The State Parliament decides, by a two-thirds majority vote, if circumstances within the meaning of this paragraph exist. In the event that the State Parliament is unable to meet, the emergency committee will take this decision by two-thirds majority vote. The emergency committee consists of the State Parliament executive committee and four further members who, together with the members of the State Parliament executive committee, are elected on the basis of their party groups in the State Parliament according to the principles of proportional representation; every party represented in the State Parliament by at least three deputies has a claim to a place on the emergency committee. This committee exercises its functions until the election of a new emergency committee. In the event that the emergency committee is also unable to meet, the State Parliament president will decide.
   (3) In exceptional circumstances which make it impossible to hold elections to municipal councils on the due date, they may be postponed for a maximum of nine months after the end of these circumstances. The State Government decides, by a two-thirds majority vote, if exceptional circumstances within the meaning of this paragraph exist. In the event that the State Government is unable to meet, the State Governor will take this decision.

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