Following a decision of the Executive in February 2016, a draft of a revised Constitution is being put forward for discussion.
The draft revision has not been formally approved by the Executive: it was thought better to put it up for discussion by both the Executive and the wider Membership. The Executive would then approve a final version taking into account any comments made: this in turn would probably go to a vote of the full membership, though if there are no comments that may not be necessary as the Constitution does not diminish the rights of Members and in fact strengthens them. Key points to note are:
- There are many bits of tidying-up and all the democratic procedures have been tightened up and/made more explicit.
- The most significant change is to omit the requirement for a Biennial General Meeting. General Meetings are now held as and when considered necessary. The threshold for Members to call a General Meeting has been reduced from 15% to 5%, so Members' rights are not only protected but strengthened.
- The assumption is that the Executive would appoint the Officers rather than them always being elected via what are currently two-yearly General Meetings. But Members retain the right to elect and deselect both Officers and normal Executive Members at a General Meeting should they consider this necessary and, where appointed by the wider Membership, such elected Officers and Members cannot then simply be removed by the Executive.
Most of our Executive Members are there by right as Forum Representatives, so it is very difficult for the Executive to fall into the hands of a self-perpetuating clique. The Forums have ultimate control of the majority of the Executive.
The proposed changes are listed at the end of the revised draft, and tracked changes are on if you want to see the full history.
The drafts are downloadable from the Information Library here.
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