Campaigning opens to coincide with the closing of nominations. Should the opening of campaigning be delayed this additional time is to be considered an extension to the nomination period. Campaigning must remain open for no less than 14 days and normally no more than 31 days.
Voting must open to coincide with the closing of campaigning. Should the opening of voting be delayed this additional time is to be considered an extension to the campaigning period. Voting must remain open for no less than 14 days and normally no more than 31 days.
The constitution provides for a duration of Nominations to open and close, but does not have a requirement for voting to actually open. Thus the voting clause can be added to make sure we proscribe when voting should actually take place. To prevent voting opening immediately after nominations (bearing in mind someone might be nominated last minute) and there being no time to assess candidates, the 'campaigning' clause provides for this time.
Wondering if the clause should allow for much shorter times if there is only 1 candidate - but there could be a desire for people to campaign for RON or at least press the single candidate for their opinions rather than blindly assuming the 1 candidate should win.
Worried that the campaigning clause is too proscriptive with the timing. Thoughts?