13. The holding of a referendum is instituted by a writ of the Government addressed to the chief electoral officer. This writ enjoins him to hold a referendum on the date fixed therein.
The chief electoral officer shall send a copy of the writ to the returning officer of each electoral division, and the returning officer must comply with it.
Where a writ instituting the holding of a referendum is issued after the expiry of three months from publication of the list of electoral divisions in the Gazette officielle du Québec, the referendum shall be held on the basis of the new electoral divisions.
The returning officers assigned and, where such is the case, appointed pursuant to section 35 of the Act respecting electoral representation (chapter R-24.1) are competent to act in such capacity.
1978, c. 6, s. 13; 1981, c. 4, s. 6; 1984, c. 51, s. 561; 1987, c. 28, s. 23.