Proposal for Rule change of CAcert Inc statutes rule 16

Board asked for a rule change in committee meeting from 2016-04-24.

The following proposal was created by EvaStöwe on this request, as volunteered in that meeting. (The original proposal was created here)

Current version

Version as in current statutes as linked on Brain/CAcertInc/AssociationRules (there is an older version for anybody who cannot access svn).

16. Election of members
(1) Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers of the association or as ordinary members of the committee:

    (a) must be made in writing or by digitally signed email, signed by 2 members of the association and accompanied by the written or digitally signed email consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of the nomination), and

    (b) must be delivered to the secretary of the association at least 7 days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting at which the election is to take place.

(2) If insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the committee, the candidates nominated are taken to be elected and 
further nominations are to be received at the annual general meeting.

(3) If insufficient further nominations are received, any vacant positions remaining on the committee are taken to be casual vacancies.

(4) If the number of nominations received is equal to the number of vacancies to be filled, the persons nominated are taken to be elected.

(5) If the number of nominations received exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot is to be held.

(6) The ballot for the election of office-bearers and ordinary members of the committee is to be conducted at the annual general meeting in such usual and proper manner as the committee may direct.

(7) Early Ballots may be made with digitally signed email to the secretary, or using other usual and proper methods as the committee may direct. Early ballots must be accepted from fourteen days prior to, and up to one hour before the meeting, and be accepted with signed email.


Proposed wording

16. Election of members


16. Election of members

Comments for proposal

Core changes:

(*) I would prefer to have a wording that says something like "AYEs have to play a mayor role" - so that the option "AYE minus NAYE" is a valid one, as well - but I leave this to the native speakers. As I prefer the "only AYE" approach, I do not push such a change.

(**) I tried to allow that something else but vote by vote on each candidate individually is possible, if there are other tools available. I know that it is tedious to vote on every candidate separately. But, if it is too annoying, someone will just spring forward and updates the tool, somehow.


I'd strongly prefer the selection order to be AYE - NAY : This allows for people to express opinions both ways (Actively suppport = Aye, Actively Oppose = Nay, Don't care = Abstain) when these are tied, then the larger number of ayes takes precedence - Alex-UK

If the ballot process is defined in the rules, it is not an option to change it at the meeting so the proposed clause 6 is inappropriate and probably should be removed. - Alex-UK

Space for comments and discussion

Brain/CAcertInc/Rule16Proposal (last edited 2016-11-26 14:06:23 by EvaStöwe)