This is an unofficial consolidation
52. Elected local governing bodies
(1) The Legislature shall maintain a system of local governing bodies elected and constituted in such a manner as the Legislature may from time to time provide.
(2) Each elected local governing body shall have such powers as the Legislature may from time to time provide being such powers as the Legislature considers necessary for the better government of the area in respect of which the body is constituted.
[CA section 52]
53. Certain laws not affected
Section 52 does not affect the operation of any law –
(a) prescribing circumstances in which the offices of members of a local governing body shall become and remain vacant; or
(b) providing for the administration of any area of the State –
i. to which the system maintained under that section does not for the time being extend; or
ii. when the offices of all the members of the local governing body for that area are vacant;
(c) limiting or otherwise affecting the operation of a law relating to local government; or
(d) conferring any power relating to local government on a person other than a duly constituted local governing body.
[CA section 53.]