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Batch One of Constitutional Amendments

Voting Questions

Q01) Name: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

1.1 The official name of the party shall be "Pirate Party UK".

1.1. The official name of the organisation ("the Party") shall be "Pirate Party UK" ("PPUK").

Passed

Q02) Membership: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

4.1 Membership is open to citizens of Great Britain and resident foreign nationals who share its aims and who are not members of any organisation which the National Executive Committee ("NEC") has declared is incompatible with membership of the Party.

4.1. Membership is open to citizens of the United Kingdom and resident foreign nationals who share its aims and who are not members of any organisation which the Board of Governors ("Board") has declared is incompatible with membership of the Party.

Passed

Q03) Fees: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

4.2 Members must pay membership fees as set by the NEC.

4.2. Members must pay membership fees as set by the National Executive Committee ("NEC"), as described in Section 5.

Passed

Q04) Revokation: Delete the first and insert the second and third of the following three clauses? Yes / No

(the deletion is for clause 4.3 and the insertion is for proposed clause 11.1 and the title immediately preceding 11.1)

4.3 If a member of the Party subsequently joins such an organisation which the NEC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party, or if the member is found to be a member of such an organisation then their membership of the Party will be automatically revoked without return of membership fees.

<removed>

Passed


Incompatible Memberships

Passed


11.1. If a member of the Party subsequently joins an organisation which the Board declares to be incompatible with membership of the Party, or if the member is found to be a member of such an organisation then the Board may revoke their membership of the Party without return of membership fees.

Passed

Q05) Entitlement: Delete the first and insert the second and third of the following three clauses? Yes / No

(the deletion is for clause 4.4 and the insertion is for proposed clause 10.14 and the title immediately preceding 10.14)

4.4 Members shall be entitled to vote in all relevant internal Party elections.

<removed, replaced by 10.14>

Passed


Electorate

Passed


10.14. All party members in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9) are eligible to vote in all elections unless otherwise specified in this constitution.

Passed

Q06) Disrepute: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

4.5 Members shall not act in a manner which brings the party into disrepute or is likely to bring the party into disrepute. If a member is suspected of behaving in such a fashion he/she will be asked to explain their actions to the NEC or a designated sub-committee to explain their actions. Their party membership may be suspended or removed by said committee.

4.4. Members shall not act in a manner which brings the party into disrepute or is likely to bring the party into disrepute. If a member is suspected of behaving in such a fashion he/she will be asked to explain their actions to a disciplinary committee formed by the Board of Governors ("Board") as per the arbitration and disciplinary rules of Section 11.

Passed

Q07) AWOLs: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


4.5. Members appointed or elected to a position shall automatically be relieved of their title and responsibilities should they be found to be absent for a period exceeding 28 days without prior notice.

Passed

Q08) The NEC: Change the following three proposed clauses in the constitution? Yes / No

Functionally dependant upon clause 11.3 in vote question 30.

5 THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC)

5. THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Passed

5.2 At any time, members or the NEC may propose a vote of no confidence in any elected officer. Such a vote will be triggered if 25% or more of the fully paid-up membership or over 50% of the NEC members make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the NEC. The NEC will then organise a vote of party members to retain or dismiss the officer, which will conclude within at most 28 days, and the officer will be dismissed if a simple majority of party members who take part in that vote, vote in favour of dismissal, subject to a quorum of 10% of members participating in the vote.

5.2. At any time, members of the NEC may be submitted to a vote of no confidence as per Section 11.

Passed

5.3 A new election for each Elected Officer role will be held no less frequently than every 2 years and 1 month, and will also be triggered by the resignation of the officer performing that role, or any other circumstance that prevents said officer performing their duties. Any member may stand as a candidate in such elections.

5.3. A new election for each Elected Officer role will be held as per the rules in Section 10.

Passed

Q09) The Board: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

8 THE BOARD

8. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Passed

Q10) Board Structure: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Structure

Passed

8.1 The Party members will elect a Board of twelve governors. Any member in good standing may serve on the Board. Elections of the Board will be held no less than once every five years.

8.1. The Board of Governors shall consist of up to 12 Governors.

Passed

Q11) Working Practices: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


8.2. The working practices of the Board shall be outlined in a separate Code of Practice to be maintained and published to members by the Board.

Passed

Q12) Board Elections: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Board Elections

Passed


8.3. All Governors must be elected as per the rules outlined in Section 10.

Passed

Q13) Amendments: Change the following one proposed clause in the constitution? Yes / No

8.2 The Board will be responsible for proposing constitutional amendments and presenting them for ratification by a full vote of members at such times as they feel appropriate.

8.4. The Board is responsible for proposing constitutional amendments and presenting them for ratification by a full vote of members at such times as they feel appropriate and as outlined by the Board's Code of Practice.

Passed

Q14) Arbitration and Discipline: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Arbitration and Disciplinary Functions

Passed


8.5. The Board is the final body of arbitration, appeal, and discipline for the Party.

Passed


8.6. The Board will carry out its arbitration and disciplinary functions as detailed in Section 11.

Passed

Q15) Other Duties: Insert the first and change the second of the two following clauses? Yes / No


Other Duties

Passed

8.3 The Board may have other governance responsibilities which are as yet undefined in this constitution.

8.7. The Board may have other governance responsibilities that are as yet undefined in this constitution.

Passed

Q16) Election Types: Insert the following four proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


9. REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

Passed


9.1. Dependent upon candidates being available a Regional Administrative Officer ("RAO") will be elected for each of the 12 regions of the UK (as per: European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999 Section 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 and Schedule 1 Section 1) one for Scotland, one for Wales, and one for Northern Ireland, and nine for England. Officers will be elected as per the rules in section 10.

Passed


9.2. Each RAO is responsible for the overseeing of the efficient operation of the Party at regional and local levels, including (but not limited to) the organisation of meetings, local campaigns and fund raising, support for Party candidates in their region, and co-ordinating with the National Campaigns Team.

Passed


9.3. RAOs may appoint their own regional teams to take on wider administrative duties within the region on the understanding that the NEC or Board can veto such appointments and may have conditions and requirements on the appointing of certain regional staff roles.

Passed

Q17) Elections: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


10. ELECTIONS

Passed

Q18) Election Types: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Election Types

Passed


10.1. The following elected position(s) must use the ERS97 STV electoral process with a single winner: Party Leader, Treasurer, Campaigns manager, Data Controller, Nominating Officer, and RAO.

Passed


10.3. The following elected position(s) must use the ERS97 STV electoral process: Governor.

Passed

Q19) Nominations: Insert the following four proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Nominations

Passed


10.4. 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.

Passed


10.5. Unless constitutionally indicated otherwise, members may nominate themselves as a candidate for election.

Passed


10.6. Nominated candidates must be Party members in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9).

Passed

Q20) Seconding: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Seconding

Passed


10.7. The following elected positions require the candidates be seconded by at least one Party member: Party Leader, Treasurer, Campaigns Manager, Data Controller, Nominating Officer, and Governor

Passed


10.8. Nominations may only be seconded by Party members in Good Standing. Members standing for election themselves may not second other members. Members may only second one candidate per position.

Passed

Q21) Exclusions: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Exclusions

Passed


10.9. A member is excluded from standing for election and holding an elected position if they are not in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9).

Passed


10.10. Some elected positions exclude those that already hold another elected position. These exclusions are listed below.

Passed

Q22) Exclusions: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


10.10.1. Members of the NEC are excluded from holding the following positions: RAO, Governor, other positions within the NEC except with Board approval in exceptional circumstances, or unless required by law.

Passed


10.10.2. A Governor is excluded from holding the following positions: Any NEC position.

Passed


10.10.3. A RAO is excluded from holding the following positions: Any NEC position.

Passed

Q23) Election terms: Insert the following four proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Election terms

Passed


10.11. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 25 months for all positions on the NEC irrespective of how long each officer has been in post.

Passed


10.12. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 60 months for all positions on the Board irrespective of how long each Governor has been in post.

Passed


10.13. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 36 months for all RAOs irrespective of how long each officer has been in post.

Passed

Q24) RAO Electorate: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


10.15. Elections for RAOs are conducted at regional level by a regional electorate. Party members will be eligible to vote in the region in which they are registered to vote in EU elections.

Passed

Q25) Extra-ordinary elections: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Extra-ordinary elections

Passed


10.16. 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.

Passed

Q26) Election procedures: Insert the following three proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Election Procedures


10.17. The NEC and Board are responsible for making sure all election and vote procedures are followed.


10.18. Prior to initiating an election, the Board will appoint a neutral team of election monitors to ensure all elections proceed fairly. This team must contain someone who is neither a candidate standing for election, a member seconding a candidate, nor be currently serving on the Board or the NEC.

Passed

Q27) Arbitration: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


11. ARBITRATION AND DISCIPLINE

Passed

Q28) VONC: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


Votes of No Confidence

Passed

Q29) VONC: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


11.2. A vote of no confidence in any elected official will be triggered when either 10% or more of the fully paid-up membership or over 50% of the Governors make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Passed

Q30) VONC: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


11.3. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a member of the NEC will be triggered when over 50% of the voting NEC members make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Passed

Q31) VONC: If Q29 relating to proposed amendment 11.2 is NOT passed, then insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No

<only if 11.2 does not get approved>

11.4. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a member of the Board will if triggered when over 50% of the Governors make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Passed

Q32) VONC: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


11.5. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a RAO will be triggered when 10% of the regional membership make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Passed

Q33) VONC: Insert the following one proposed clause into the constitution? Yes / No


11.6. When a vote of no confidence has been triggered the Board will arrange for a vote of party members to ascertain the confidence of the electorate in the elected official, which will conclude within at most 28 days. The officer will be dismissed if a simple majority of eligible members who take part in that vote, vote in favour of dismissal, subject to a quorum of 10% of eligible members.

Passed

Q34) VONC: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Vote Of No Confidence voting eligibility

Passed


11.7. The eligibility of a member to vote in a particular vote of no confidence will be based upon whether that member would be eligible to vote for the election position as per rules in Section 10.

Passed

Q35) D&A Panels: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Disciplinary and arbitration panels

Passed


11.8. When a disciplinary or arbitration panel is formed, the Board will select 5 of the Governors (as per its code of practice) to sit on the panel.

Passed

Q36) Good Standing: Insert the following two proposed clauses into the constitution? Yes / No


Good Standing

Passed


11.9. A member is regarded as being in Good Standing if they are a paid up member and have not had their position of Good Standing stripped from them.

Passed

Guidance

Important Guidance and Notes:

The table below shows the relationship of proposed constitutional alterations to the current constitution. Column one (Current Clause) shows the current constitution excepting the ocasional note within angular brackets. Column two (Proposed Alteration) shows the proposed alteration whether it be an alteration, deletion, or insertion. Taking both columns together, the green background cells shows the complete full proposed new constitution should eveny clause be passed. Red background show all proposed removals. The third column (Vote Question) shows the individual question relating to the amendment, along with rough guidance as to the nature or relationship of the clause.

The numbering of clauses within the constitution serves as a guide the the order in which clauses reside. Any combination of voting upon amendments that would cause clause numbers to be skipped or duplicated will result in clauses being renumbered in such a way as to ensure that they maintain their position relationship in respect to other clauses as shown below in columns 'Current Clause' and 'Proposed Alteration' an Table 1.

Where a proposed amendment is dependant upon one or more other clauses, they will be voted upon as a single question. This will require them being presented together as a single question, but they will be clearly identified by clause numbers showing their order and position within the constitution. If accepted they will be inserted into the constitution in order and position as showin in Table 1.

Where a clause refers to but is not wholly dependant upon one or more other clauses, and is voted upon independantly, the Board reserves the right to edit the clause text solely for the purpose of removing reference that no longer make sense , e.g. delete the text "as described in Section 5" if the relevant clauses in Section 5 have not been passed. These edits may only be done to improve the readability of the clause, and must not in any way change the substance and intention of the clause.

Where a set of one or more clauses is functionally dependant on one or more other sets of clauses, this will be clearly indicated within the question vote e.g. "Functionally dependant upon clause X in vote question Y". In such cases if the dependant clause is not passed the depender clause can not and will not enter the constitution, even if would receive enough votes to do so.

Current Clause

Proposed Alteration

Vote Question

1 NAME


1.1 The official name of the party shall be "Pirate Party UK".

1.1. The official name of the organisation ("the Party") shall be "Pirate Party UK" ("PPUK").

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)

2 AIMS


2.1 The principal aim of the Party is that the United Kingdom reforms its copyright and patent and privacy laws in a manner consistent with the opinions of the Party's members.


3 ACTIVITIES


3.1 The Party shall take part in democratic electoral processes. It intends to contest Westminster and European parliamentary elections, local elections, etc.


3.2 In the furtherance of its aims, the Party may:


3.2.1 raise funds and invite and receive contributions within the limits established by electoral law;


3.2.2 invest any monies of the Party not immediately required, in accordance with the Trustee Act of 1925 and;


3.2.3 do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the Party's aims.


4 MEMBERSHIP


4.1 Membership is open to citizens of Great Britain and resident foreign nationals who share its aims and who are not members of any organisation which the National Executive Committee ("NEC") has declared is incompatible with membership of the Party.

4.1. Membership is open to citizens of the United Kingdom and resident foreign nationals who share its aims and who are not members of any organisation which the Board of Governors ("Board") has declared is incompatible with membership of the Party.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(Change in responsibility from NEC to Board)

4.2 Members must pay membership fees as set by the NEC.

4.2. Members must pay membership fees as set by the National Executive Committee ("NEC"), as described in Section 5.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)(depends on Section 5)

4.3 If a member of the Party subsequently joins such an organisation which the NEC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party, or if the member is found to be a member of such an organisation then their membership of the Party will be automatically revoked without return of membership fees.

<removed>

Delete the current clause. Yes / No(change in responsibility from NEC to Board)(depends on 11.1)

4.4 Members shall be entitled to vote in all relevant internal Party elections.

<removed, replaced by 10.14>

Delete the current clause. Yes / No(depends on 10.14)

4.5 Members shall not act in a manner which brings the party into disrepute or is likely to bring the party into disrepute. If a member is suspected of behaving in such a fashion he/she will be asked to explain their actions to the NEC or a designated sub-committee to explain their actions. Their party membership may be suspended or removed by said committee.

4.4. Members shall not act in a manner which brings the party into disrepute or is likely to bring the party into disrepute. If a member is suspected of behaving in such a fashion he/she will be asked to explain their actions to a disciplinary committee formed by the Board of Governors ("Board") as per the arbitration and disciplinary rules of Section 11.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(change in responsibility from NEC to Board)(depends on 11.1)


4.5. Members appointed or elected to a position shall automatically be relieved of their title and responsibilities should they be found to be absent for a period exceeding 28 days without prior notice.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No

5 THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC)

5. THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)

5.1 The NEC shall initially comprise the Elected Officers (the Party Leader, Treasurer, Campaigns Manager, Data Controller and Nominating Officer) together with members selected in accordance with rules to be made by the NEC from time to time.


5.2 At any time, members or the NEC may propose a vote of no confidence in any elected officer. Such a vote will be triggered if 25% or more of the fully paid-up membership or over 50% of the NEC members make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the NEC. The NEC will then organise a vote of party members to retain or dismiss the officer, which will conclude within at most 28 days, and the officer will be dismissed if a simple majority of party members who take part in that vote, vote in favour of dismissal, subject to a quorum of 10% of members participating in the vote.

5.2. At any time, members of the NEC may be submitted to a vote of no confidence as per Section 11.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(depends on 11)

5.3 A new election for each Elected Officer role will be held no less frequently than every 2 years and 1 month, and will also be triggered by the resignation of the officer performing that role, or any other circumstance that prevents said officer performing their duties. Any member may stand as a candidate in such elections.

5.3. A new election for each Elected Officer role will be held as per the rules in Section 10.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(depends on 10)

6 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS


6.1 The Treasurer shall be responsible for accounting requirements and control of donations, as described in Parts III and IV of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and other relevant legislation.


6.2 The Campaigns Officer shall be responsible for campaign expenditure, third party expenditure and referendums, as described in Parts V to VII of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and other relevant legislation.


7 DISSOLUTION OF THE PARTY


7.1 The party may be dissolved by a simple majority of members making clear their wish to dissolve the party. Any assets belonging to the party at the time of dissolution will be donated to a registered charity of the NEC's choosing.

<flagged for update asap>

8 THE BOARD

8. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)


Structure

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No

8.1 The Party members will elect a Board of twelve governors. Any member in good standing may serve on the Board. Elections of the Board will be held no less than once every five years.

8.1. The Board of Governors shall consist of up to 12 Governors.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)


8.2. The working practices of the Board shall be outlined in a separate Code of Practice to be maintained and published to members by the Board.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Board Elections

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


8.3. All Governors must be elected as per the rules outlined in Section 10.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(depends on Section 10)

8.2 The Board will be responsible for proposing constitutional amendments and presenting them for ratification by a full vote of members at such times as they feel appropriate.

8.4. The Board is responsible for proposing constitutional amendments and presenting them for ratification by a full vote of members at such times as they feel appropriate and as outlined by the Board's Code of Practice.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword)


Arbitration and Disciplinary Functions

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


8.5. The Board is the final body of arbitration, appeal, and discipline for the Party.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


8.6. The Board will carry out its arbitration and disciplinary functions as detailed in Section 11.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(depends on Section 11)


Other Duties

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No

8.3 The Board may have other governance responsibilities which are as yet undefined in this constitution.

8.7. The Board may have other governance responsibilities that are as yet undefined in this constitution.

Change this current clause to the proposed alteration. Yes / No(simple reword) (stand alone)


9. REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


9.1. Dependent upon candidates being available a Regional Administrative Officer ("RAO") will be elected for each of the 12 regions of the UK (as per: European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999 Section 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 and Schedule 1 Section 1) one for Scotland, one for Wales, and one for Northern Ireland, and nine for England. Officers will be elected as per the rules in section 10.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(related to section 10)


9.2. Each RAO is responsible for the overseeing of the efficient operation of the Party at regional and local levels, including (but not limited to) the organisation of meetings, local campaigns and fund raising, support for Party candidates in their region, and co-ordinating with the National Campaigns Team.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


9.3. RAOs may appoint their own regional teams to take on wider administrative duties within the region on the understanding that the NEC or Board can veto such appointments and may have conditions and requirements on the appointing of certain regional staff roles.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10. ELECTIONS

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Election Types

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.1. The following elected position(s) must use the ERS97 STV electoral process with a single winner: Party Leader, Treasurer, Campaigns manager, Data Controller, Nominating Officer, and RAO.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.3. The following elected position(s) must use the ERS97 STV electoral process: Governor.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Nominations

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.4. 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.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.5. Unless constitutionally indicated otherwise, members may nominate themselves as a candidate for election.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.6. Nominated candidates must be Party members in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9).

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(refers to 11.9)


Seconding

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.7. The following elected positions require the candidates be seconded by at least one Party member: Party Leader, Treasurer, Campaigns Manager, Data Controller, Nominating Officer, and Governor

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.8. Nominations may only be seconded by Party members in Good Standing. Members standing for election themselves may not second other members. Members may only second one candidate per position.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Exclusions

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.9. A member is excluded from standing for election and holding an elected position if they are not in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9).

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(refers to Section 11.9)


10.10. Some elected positions exclude those that already hold another elected position. These exclusions are listed below.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.10.1. Members of the NEC are excluded from holding the following positions: RAO, Governor, other positions within the NEC except with Board approval in exceptional circumstances, or unless required by law.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.10.2. A Governor is excluded from holding the following positions: Any NEC position.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.10.3. A RAO is excluded from holding the following positions: Any NEC position.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Election terms

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.11. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 25 months for all positions on the NEC irrespective of how long each officer has been in post.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.12. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 60 months for all positions on the Board irrespective of how long each Governor has been in post.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.13. Elections must be held no less frequently than every 36 months for all RAOs irrespective of how long each officer has been in post.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Electorate

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.14. All party members in Good Standing (as defined in Section 11.9) are eligible to vote in all elections unless otherwise specified in this constitution.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No(refers to Section 11.9)


10.15. Elections for RAOs are conducted at regional level by a regional electorate. Party members will be eligible to vote in the region in which they are registered to vote in EU elections.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Extra-ordinary elections

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.16. 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.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Election Procedures

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.17. The NEC and Board are responsible for making sure all election and vote procedures are followed.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


10.18. Prior to initiating an election, the Board will appoint a neutral team of election monitors to ensure all elections proceed fairly. This team must contain someone who is neither a candidate standing for election, a member seconding a candidate, nor be currently serving on the Board or the NEC.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11. ARBITRATION AND DISCIPLINE

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Incompatible Memberships

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11.1. If a member of the Party subsequently joins an organisation which the Board declares to be incompatible with membership of the Party, or if the member is found to be a member of such an organisation then the Board may revoke their membership of the Party without return of membership fees.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Votes of No Confidence

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11.2. A vote of no confidence in any elected official will be triggered when either 10% or more of the fully paid-up membership or over 50% of the Governors make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11.3. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a member of the NEC will be triggered when over 50% of the voting NEC members make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No

<only if 11.2 does not get approved>

11.4. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a member of the Board will if triggered when over 50% of the Governors make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11.5. Additionally a vote of no confidence in a RAO will be triggered when 10% of the regional membership make their desire for a vote of no confidence known to the Board.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


11.6. When a vote of no confidence has been triggered the Board will arrange for a vote of party members to ascertain the confidence of the electorate in the elected official, which will conclude within at most 28 days. The officer will be dismissed if a simple majority of eligible members who take part in that vote, vote in favour of dismissal, subject to a quorum of 10% of eligible members.

Insert this proposed alteration into the constitution. Yes / No


Vote Of No Confidence voting eligibility

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11.7. The eligibility of a member to vote in a particular vote of no confidence will be based upon whether that member would be eligible to vote for the election position as per rules in Section 10.

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Disciplinary and arbitration panels

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11.8. When a disciplinary or arbitration panel is formed, the Board will select 5 of the Governors (as per its code of practice) to sit on the panel.

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Good Standing

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11.9. A member is regarded as being in Good Standing if they are a paid up member and have not had their position of Good Standing stripped from them.

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