10.3 Nominations & 10.15 Extra Ordinary Elections

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10.3 Nominations & 10.15 Extra Ordinary Elections

Postby azrael » Mon May 02, 2011 1:39 am

Affects 10.3 and 10.15

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When an election is due, the NEC will announce the opening of nominations. The nomination period must remain open for a period of no less than 14 days, and normally no more than 31 days.


and

When an elected position is vacant an election process for the position will be held following the rules in section 10 corresponding to the position and within 30 days of the position being vacated or as soon as a candidate is proposed, whichever is the longer period.


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When an election is due, the NEC will announce the opening of nominations. The nomination period must remain open for a period of no less than 14 days, and normally no more than 31 days. If no nominations occur then nominations remain open indefinitely. The NEC must re-announce the open nominations at least twice a year. Should a candidate be nominated after the initial 31 days, nominations must then remain open for at least a further 14 days.


and

When an elected position is vacant outside of the normal election terms an election process for the position will be held for the position following the rules in section 10. These extra-ordinary procedures should ordinarily begin within 30 days of the position becoming vacant.


The original intention was to prevent the constant opening/closing/reopening of nominations where there were no candidates, but resulted in a rather badly phrased clause. By just keeping noms open where there are no candidates we can just wait for someone to nominate themselves - but the reannouncing of 'still open' nominations helps people to not forget. 'Twice a year' may be too vague and allow for two reannouncements within a single day and then nothing for 12 months. This may be too flexible, perhaps instead this should be re-announce every 6 months, or maybe even 4 months. What do people think?
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Re: 10.3 Nominations & 10.15 Extra Ordinary Elections

Postby scuzzmonkey » Mon May 02, 2011 11:40 am

Personally I'd lean more towards a general announcement twice a year - say, 1st Jan/June - that all open nominations are re-advertised.

This could also include any upcoming elections, but that would obviously be at the discretion of the person writing it and shouldn't be a constitutional commitment, imo.
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