Introduction

6.1 This chapter describes the principles and procedures that apply to elections, transitions, and government formation. It covers:

  1. the electoral cycle and its impact on government decision making;
  2. the principles and procedures that apply when there are transitions between administrations;
  3. the operation of the caretaker convention;
  4. the principles and processes of government formation;
  5. the law, conventions, and procedures concerning outgoing and incoming Ministers;
  6. mid-term transitions and early elections;
  7. the provision of information by the state sector during transitions.