243E. Duration of Panchayats, etc.-
(1) Every Panchayat, unless
sooner dissolved under any law for the time being in force, shall
continue for five years from the date appointed for its first meeting
and no longer.
(2) No amendment of any law for the time being in force shall have the
effect of causing dissolution of a Panchayat at any level, which is
functioning immediately before such amendment, till the expiration of
its duration specified in clause (1).
(3) An election to constitute a Panchayat shall be completed-
(a) before the expiry of its duration specified in clause (1);
(b) before the expiration of a period of six months from the date of
Provided that where the remainder of the period for which the
dissolved Panchayat would have continued is less than six months, it
shall not be necessary to hold any election under this clause for
constituting the Panchayat for such period.
(4) A Panchayat constituted upon the dissolution of a Panchayat before
the expiration of its duration shall continue only for the remainder
of the period for which the dissolved Panchayat would have continued
under clause (1) had it not been so dissolved.