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(3) The nomination paper shall be delivered to the Principal Secretary either by the candidate himself/herself or by the proposer or seconder in person.

(4) In the case of new Assembly, the member appointed by the Governor to perform the duties of the office of Speaker pending the election of a Speaker and in any other case the Deputy Speaker or other member presiding shall read out to the Assembly the names of the members who have been duly nominated together with those of the proposers and seconders and if only one member has been so nominated shall declare the member to be elected. If more than one member has been so nominated, the Assembly shall proceed to elect a Speaker by ballot, and in case of two candidates the candidate obtaining the larger number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of equality of votes, it shall be determined by the drawing of lots.

(5) For the purpose of sub-rule (4), a member shall not be deemed to have been duly nominated or be entitled to vote if he/she and his/her proposer and seconder have not, before reading out of the name by the person presiding, made the oath or affirmation as members of the Assembly.
(6) Where more than two candidates have been nominated and at the first ballot-
(a) one of such candidates, obtains more votes than the aggregate votes obtained by the other candidates, he/she shall be declared elected;

(b) if no candidate obtains more votes than the aggregate votes obtained by the other candidates, the candidate who has obtained smallest number of votes shall be excluded from the election and the balloting shall proceed, the candidate obtaining the smallest number of votes at each ballot being excluded from the election, until one candidate obtains more votes than the remaining candidate or than the aggregate votes of the remaining candidate as the case may be.

(7) Where at any ballot any of three or more candidates obtain equal number of votes and one of them has to be excluded from the election under sub-rule (6), the determination as between the candidates whose votes are equal of the candidate who is to be excluded shall be by drawing of lots.

(8) A nomination paper may be withdrawn by the candidate or the proposer before the Assembly meets on the day fixed for the election of the Speaker.
CHAPTER III
Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker and Panel of Chairmen

Election of Speaker by the Assembly 7(1) When at the beginning of the new Assembly or owing to a vacancy in the office of the Speaker the election of a Speaker is necessary, the Governor shall fix a date for the holding of the election, and the Principal Secretary shall send to every member notice of the date so fixed.

(2) At any time before 3-30 p.m. on the day preceding the date so fixed, any member may nominate another member for election by delivering to the Principal Secretary a nomination paper signed by himself/herself as proposer and by a third member as seconder and stating:-

(a) the name of the member nominated; and

(b) that the proposer has ascertained that such member is willing to serve as Speaker, if elected.

(3) The nomination paper shall be delivered to the Principal Secretary either by the candidate himself/herself or by the proposer or seconder in person.

(4) In the case of new Assembly, the member appointed by the Governor to perform the duties of the office of Speaker pending the election of a Speaker and in any other case the Deputy Speaker or other member presiding shall read out to the Assembly the names of the members who have been duly nominated together with those of the proposers and seconders and if only one member has been so nominated shall declare the member to be elected. If more than one member has been so nominated, the Assembly shall proceed to elect a Speaker by ballot, and in case of two candidates the candidate obtaining the larger number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of equality of votes, it shall be determined by the drawing of lots.
Election of
Deputy Speaker
8(1). When either at the beginning of a new Assembly or owing to the existence of any vacancy in the office of a Deputy Speaker at any time during the life of an Assembly, the election of a Deputy Speaker is necessary, the Governor, when there is no Speaker, or the Speaker when there is a Speaker, shall fix a date for the holding of the election and the Principal Secretary shall send to every member notice of the date so fixed, unless the same is announced to the House by the Speaker in the later case.

(2) At any time before 3-30 p.m. on the day preceding the date so fixed, any member may nominate another member for election by delivering to the Principal Secretary a nomination paper signed by himself/herself as proposer and by a third member as seconder and stating—

(a) the name of the member nominated; and

(b) that the proposer has ascertained that such member is willing to serve as Deputy Speaker, if elected.

(3) Nomination paper shall be delivered to the Principal Secretary either by the candidate himself/herself or by the proposer or seconder in person.

(4) The election shall take place at a meeting of the Assembly.

(5) On the date fixed for election, the Speaker or the person presiding shall read out to the Assembly the names of the members who have been duly proposed together with the names of their proposers and seconders and if only one member has been so proposed for election, shall declare that person duly elected. If more than one person has been so proposed, the Assembly shall proceed to elect a Deputy Speaker by ballot and in case of two candidates the candidate obtaining the larger number of votes shall be declared elected.

(6) For the purpose of sub-rule (5), a member shall not be deemed to have been duly nominated or be entitled to vote if he/she and his/her proposer and seconder have not, before the reading out of the names by the person presiding, made the oath or affirmation as members of the Assembly.

(7) Where more than two candidates have been nominated and at the first ballot—

(a) one of such candidates obtains more votes than the aggregate votes obtained by the other candidates, he/she shall be declared elected;

(b) if no candidate obtains more votes than the aggregate votes obtained by the other candidates, the candidate who has obtained the smallest number of votes shall be excluded from the election and the balloting shall proceed, the candidate obtaining the smallest number of votes at each ballot being excluded from the election, until one candidate obtains more votes than the remaining candidates or than the aggregate votes of the remaining candidates, as the case may be.

(8) Where at any ballot any of the three or more candidates obtain an equal number of votes and one of them has to be excluded from the election under sub rule (7), the determination as between the candidates whose votes are equal of the candidates who is to be excluded, shall be by drawing of lots.
Panel of
Chairman
(9) A nomination paper may be withdrawn by the candidate or the proposer before the Assembly meets on the day fixed for the election of the Deputy Speaker.

9(1) At the commencement of the Assembly or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate from amongst the members, a panel of not more than four Chairmen, any one of whom may preside over the House in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker when so requested by the Speaker or, in his/her absence, by the Deputy Speaker.

(2) A Chairman nominated under sub-rule (1) shall hold office until a new panel of Chairmen is nominated.
Power of Persons Presiding. 10. The Deputy Speaker and any Chairman of the Assembly shall, when presiding over the Assembly, have the same powers as the Speaker when so presiding and all references to the Speaker in the rules shall, in the circumstances, be deemed to be references to any such persons so presiding.
Delegation of Powers to the Deputy speaker. 10A. The Speaker may, by order in writing, delegate to the Deputy Speaker such of his/her power and functions as he/she may deem fit and for such period as may be determined by the Speaker.