301. Every prosecution brought in virtue of this division shall be instituted within three months next after the public notice of election of the candidate, for any offence committed up to that time, and, for any subsequent offence within twelve months from the date of its commission. After these delays, the prosecution shall not be receivable, unless the defendant has withdrawn himself from the jurisdiction of the court.
Such prosecution, once begun, shall be continued and prosecuted without wilful delays.
It shall have precedence over other cases.
R. S. 1964, c. 193, s. 330.