48. The term of office of a member shall be renewed for five years, according to the procedure established under section 49,
(1) unless the member is notified otherwise at least three months before the expiry of the term by the agent authorized therefor by the Government; or
(2) unless the member requests otherwise and so notifies the Minister at least three months before the expiry of the term.
A variation of the term of office is valid only for a fixed period of less than five years determined in the instrument of renewal and, except where requested by the member for a valid reason, only where required by special circumstances stated in the instrument of renewal.
1996, c. 54, s. 48; 2002, c. 22, s. 4.