7 Filling of vacancy

(1)

If any Ombudsman dies, or resigns his office, or is removed from office, the vacancy thereby created shall be filled in accordance with this section.

(2)

If any vacancy in the office of an Ombudsman occurs at any time while Parliament is in session, it shall be filled by the appointment of an Ombudsman by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the House of Representatives:

provided that if the vacancy occurs less than 2 months before the close of that session and no such recommendation is made in that session, the provisions of subsection (3) shall apply as if the vacancy had occurred while Parliament was not in session.

(3)

If any such vacancy occurs at any time while Parliament is not in session, the following provisions shall apply:

(a)

the Governor-General in Council may appoint an Ombudsman to fill the vacancy, and the person so appointed shall, unless his office sooner becomes vacant, hold office until his appointment is confirmed by the House of Representatives:

(b)

if the appointment is not so confirmed within 2 months after the commencement of the next ensuing session, the appointment shall lapse and there shall be deemed to be a further vacancy in the office of an Ombudsman.

Compare: 1962 No 10 s 6