Electoral Conduct Act 2016

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Electoral Conduct Act 2016
Central Committee
An act to promote healthy, civil competition during an election period by ensuring a basic code of conduct is followed.
Citation LA2DA4
Date passed April 22, 2016
Date signed April 24, 2016
Signed by Zenny Winter
Date commenced April 24, 2016
Administered by Electoral Conduct Board
Repealed by Electoral Code Establishment (and Reform) Act 2018
Introduced by Lewis Flood
Sets the rules of fair conduct during elections and the consequences for breaking them.
Status: Repealed

Electoral Conduct Act 2016

An act to promote healthy, civil competition during an election period by ensuring a basic code of conduct is followed.

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 “Candidate Conduct Act”.

ARTICLE II - Definitions

​ (2) “Code of Conduct” shall refer to all sections in Article III.

(3) “ECB” shall refer to the Electoral Conduct Board outlined in Article IV.

(4) “CC” shall refer to the Central Committee of the Communist Bloc.

(5) “TCB” shall refer to The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

ARTICLE III - Code of Conduct

​ (6) No candidate may openly accuse any other candidate of lying, cheating, fraud or any other crime without first making a complaint to the ECB and waiting on their decision.

(7) If any candidate or citizen feels that a candidate has committed a crime or breached the Code of Conduct, they are to report it to the ECB immediately.

(8) No candidate may use official TCB social media or outlets (such as the Nation States Region Page, Regional Message Board or regional news) to promote their campaign.

(9) No candidate may insult other candidates or citizens for any reason. They may however criticize policy in a constructive and non-insulting way.

(10) No candidate, or supporter of a candidate, shall threaten to take forum action against another candidate without sufficient proof and consulting the ECB. In the case of admin staff banning a user suddenly, a valid reason must be presented to the CC.

(11) Candidates should not spam (defined as the excessive use of similar messages on the same or different threads) anywhere on the forum, excluding their own campaign thread, to promote their campaign.

(12) Candidates may be ECB members, however, if a complaint is lodged against a member of the ECB for breach of the Code of Conduct, they are required to recuse themselves during the investigation and decision.

ARTICLE IV - Electoral Conduct Board​

(13) The ECB shall be an independent regulatory body to monitor all elections and referendums in The Communist Bloc.

(14) The ECB will consist of 3 members, with one elected internally as their chair.

(15) ECB members must be full citizens with no prior criminal convictions, they may currently be in government (They may be running for office in accordance with Article III, Section 12.).

(16) The ECB must comply with the Code of Conduct and may not make decisions outside of this jurisdiction.

(17) The ECB is to issue a warning to a candidate once for an action that breaches the Code of Conduct. On a second offense they may disqualify the offender from the election.

(18) An ECB decision is binding during that election cycle and may only be appealed after the polls have closed.

(19) If a winning candidate is found to have breached the code of conduct twice during their campaign then their win will be nullified and their position given to the losing candidate with the most votes.

(20) All decisions decided by the ECB will be announced officially by the ECB Chair. They will also chair all tribunals and manage complaints.

(21) The ECB is expected to remain politically neutral at all times. No ECB member may declare public support for a candidate.

(22) If the ECB believes one of it’s members is being swayed by political bias they may ask the Chair to remove them. If the Chair is accused then the CC will be tasked with investigating and, if the Chair is found guilty, impeachment.

(23) No member of the ECB may, at any time, threaten to take action against a candidate. An official warning must be issued by the ECB chair.

(24) The ECB may add and remove from the Code of Conduct with CC approval.

(25) The full, current Code of Conduct must be kept up to date in a designated area of the forum, to be decided by the admin staff.

(26) The 3 members of the ECB will be chosen by the CC via discussion and a simple majority vote. In the case of a member of the ECB resigning, the empty position must be filled within 72 hours in an election period or 7 days when no election is due within 7 days.

(27) After elections or referendums, the ECB will automatically be in recess (unless there is an election or referendum within the next 7 days). If an election or referendum is due within 7 days, the ECB will re-convene.

(28) The ECB may, if a candidate has breached the Code of Conduct multiple times, disqualify candidates from running for public office for up to 3 months. This decision may be overturned by the appropriate Judicial Office.

(29) No candidate may campaign on campaign threads other than their own, forum signatures are excluded from this rule.

ARTICLE V - Schedule

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

(31) This act may only be repealed by a ⅔ majority Central Committee vote and a public referendum.

(Proposed and written by Lewis Flood)