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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)


Rules for the First Sitting of the National Assembly, National Council of Provinces and Provincial Legislatures

4. Meeting



(1) Immediately before the appointed time for any meeting to which these Rules apply, the bells of the Chamber in which the meeting is to be held must be rung for 5 minutes.


(2) If more than one candidate has been nominated, the presiding officer must announce the names of the candidates nominated and may thereafter suspend proceedings for such period as he or she may deem necessary.


(3) If at any stage, in the election procedure before the announcement of the result, a candidate for whatever reason becomes ineligible for election, the presiding officer must declare the nomination null and void, and he or she may take such steps to proceed with the election or to commence de novo as he or she may think fit.