The first mayoral elections must take place on the first Thursday
in May or the third Thursday in October, whichever occurs first
after the end of three months beginning with the date on which
regulations under section 44 come into force.
Accordingly the first term of office for the elected mayor will
not be allowed to be less than two years and could be as much
as five years and six months.
The elected mayor comes into office on the fourth day after she
or he is elected and holds office until her or his successor comes
into office. Special provision can be made for alternative arrangements
for hand over.