Elections Act 2016

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Elections Act 2016
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Central Committee
An act to establish the procedures for the elections of the Central Committee and General Secretary..​
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Date passed February 14, 2016
Date signed February 16, 2016
Signed by Josh Conure
Repealed by Electoral Code Establishment (and Reform) Act 2018
Introduced by Phazon Winter
Related legislation
Elections Act 1st Amendment 2016
2nd Elections Act Amendment – Standard Election Dates
Summary
Establishes the procedures for Central Committee and General Secretary elections.
Status: Repealed

Elections Act 2016

An act to establish the procedures for the elections of the Central Committee and General Secretary.​

Now, therefore, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the glorious Constitution of this People's Republic, by and with the advice and consent of the democratically elected representatives of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, in holding the public mandate, in this present committee assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-

ARTICLE I - Short Title

​ (1) This act may be cited as the “Elections Act 2016”.

ARTICLE II - Definitions

(2) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(3) “Standing period” shall be defined as a period of time in which candidates may stand for election.

(4) "Voting period" shall be defined as a period of time in which party members may cast their vote in an election.

ARTICLE III - Provisions

​ (5) The Supreme People's Justice shall be responsible for the administration of elections for the Central Committee and General Secretary.

(i) Should the Supreme People's Justice, for any reason, be unable to administer elections, the forum administration shall administer elections.

(6) The Supreme People's Justice, General Secretary or a forum administrator shall announce elections prior to the beginning of the standing period.

(7) For elections to the Central Committee, and for the General Secretary, the standing period shall last 7 days. By-elections to the Central Committee shall have a standing period of 3 days.

(8) For all elections to the Central Committee, and for the General Secretary, the voting period shall last 48 hours.

(9) All electoral voting periods, excepting by-election or emergency elections, shall commence on the 15th of the month of an election.

(10) For elections to the Central Committee, the candidates with the highest number of votes, equal to the number of open seats, shall be elected.

(11) In the event of a tie for the final seat, the tied candidates shall proceed to a runoff election.

  • (i) The candidate with a number of votes greater than or equal to a majority of 50%+1 shall be declared elected. In the event no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, the candidate with the lowest number votes shall be eliminated, and a new runoff election shall occur with the remaining candidates.
  • (ii) In the event a runoff election results in a tie, another runoff election with the same candidates shall occur.
  • (iii) Runoff elections shall have no standing period, and the voting period shall last for 48 hours. Runoff elections must begin within 1 day after the closing of the previous round.

(12) For elections for General Secretary, the candidate with a number of votes greater than or equal to a majority of 50%+1 shall be declared elected. In the event no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, the candidate with the lowest number votes shall be eliminated, and a new runoff election shall occur with the remaining candidates. Should the remaining candidates be tied, no candidate shall be eliminated, and the runoff will proceed with the same candidates.

  • (i) Runoff elections shall have no standing period, and the voting period shall last for 48 hours. Runoff elections must begin within 1 day after the closing of the previous round.

(13) Following the conclusion of any election, the Supreme People's Justice shall announce the candidates elected.

(14) Should vacancies arise on the Central Committee, the Supreme People's Justice shall announce a by-election to the Central Committee, with the seats open to election being equal to the number of vacancies on the Central Committee. The procedures for by-elections shall follow pursuant to Sections (5) through (10).

ARTICLE IV - Schedule

(5) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Central Committee with the signature of the General Secretary.

(Proposed and written by Phazon Winter)