22nd Sept 09
Supporters of the Democratic Nationalists Party uphold the British Common Law & Statute Law that is to say:
a) The Magna Carta(s) of 1215 & 1225.
b) The Treason Act 1351.
c) The Act of Supremacy 1534.
d) The Declaration of Rights 1688 / 89.
e) The Bill of Rights 1689.
f) The Act of Settlement 1700.
g) The Treason Act 1848.
This Constitution is the Constitution (the 'National Rules’) of the Democratic Nationalists Party ('the Party'), a political party registered with the Electoral Commission.
1. The Party shall be managed in accordance with the requirements of the Electoral Commission and the various Acts of Parliament regulating the governance of Political Parties.
2. The main national officers of the Party shall be the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary (the 'National Officers'). The National Officers shall be elected annually. Members of the Party shall be advised by mail 28 days before the date of an Annual General Meeting ('AGM') inviting members who are interested in standing for election as a National Officer to submit their name together with nominations from four other members supporting their candidature, to be submitted to the Party Secretary. If there is more than one applicant for an officer's position an election will be held at the AGM. If no nominations have been submitted for an officer’s position before the AGM then nominations will be accepted from the floor of the meeting. Voting will be one person – one vote with chairman of the meeting having casting vote in a tie.
3a. As the Party becomes larger postal voting to elect National Officers may be introduced by decision of an AGM or an Extraordinary General Meeting ('EGM') where this item is specified on the Agenda of the meeting.
b. Officer vacancies – if a National Officer post becomes vacant during the course of the year the vacancy can be filled at an EGM following Rule 3 procedures (substitute 'EGM' for 'AGM' where appropriate in the rule) provided the item is specified on the Agenda of the meeting.
4. Additional officers and deputies. As the Party becomes larger the National Officers may appoint deputies to help handle their workload and additional officers. Officers will be responsible to the membership for the conduct of their deputies carrying out their duties. Where the National Officers are minded to appoint additional officers the National Officers shall agree a document of 'Duties of the proposed additional officer'. The intention to appoint additional officer(s) and the document(s) of duties shall be published by the Party Secretary. Any member wishing to be an additional officer shall indicate his/her interest to the secretary. If there is more than one applicant within 28 days the National Officers shall decide by means of interviews etc. Additional officers shall then be re-elected annually following the procedures in rule 3.
5. Amendments to the Constitution. If the National Officers are minded to amend the Constitution or the Party Secretary shall receive a proposed amendment supported by eight members or 2% of the party membership (whichever is the greater) the proposed amendment shall be voted on at an AGM or an EGM where the proposed amendments(s) are specified in the Agenda of the meeting.
6. Additional rules. From time to time additional rules to this Constitution may be necessary.
a. No additional rule shall cancel or contradict the operation of rules 1-8 of this Constitution.
b. If the National Officers shall consider an additional rule(s) to be necessary the Party Secretary shall give 28 days notice to all members of the proposed rule(s). If there are no valid objections the additional rule(s) shall come into effect by default. If there are objections by eight members or 2% of the party membership (whichever is the greater) then the proposed rule(s) must be passed at an AGM or an EGM where the proposed rules are specified in the Agenda of the meeting.
c. If the Party Secretary shall receive a proposal for an additional rule(s) by eight members or 2% of the party membership (whichever is the greater) it shall be voted on at an AGM or an EGM where it is specified in the Agenda of the meeting.
7. Treasurership. All monies, donations in kind etc that are received by the Party are the property of the Party and shall be held in the party’s account(s). The National Treasurer shall present regular accounts to his fellow officers and to Party meetings, apply any agreed schemes of accounting, and comply with all accounting/audit requirements of the Electoral Commission. Failure to comply with this rule shall be a disciplinary offence.
8. Nomination of candidates for elections. The nominations officer responsible for issuing letters permitting DN candidates to stand in elections shall be the chairman or a person delegated with this responsibility by the chairman.
Definitions: 'Members', 'Membership' refers to current paid up members of the Party.
'Notice', 'Posted', 'Published', 'Advised by mail' shall refer to items sent to members by letter post or by e-mail. It shall be the member’s responsibility to ensure the Party has correct contact details/addresses and to notify the Party of any errors or changes of address. Proof of posting will be treated as proof of receipt.
Branches/Regions. As the Party develops it may set up Regions/Branches. The decision to set up any Region or Branch organisation(s) or to dissolve any is a decision of the National Officers. The Regions/Branches shall be governed by the National Rules, as above (substitute 'Region' or 'Branch' in the rule as appropriate). Where reference is made to '2% of the party membership' this refers to 2% of the membership of the relevant Region or Branch.
Where a Region or Branch is minded to introduce any additional rules rule 6 will apply with the following addition: No additional rule(s) for any Region/Branch shall come into effect without the approval of the National Officers.
Region/Branch Treasurers. All Region/Branch Treasurers shall carry out their duties using methods of accounting/auditing that shall be set out by the National Treasurer and shall provide such data to him, as he/she shall request. Failure to comply with this rule shall be a disciplinary offence.
Region/Branch Secretaries. All Region/Branch Secretaries shall carry out their duties using methods that shall be set out by the National Party Secretary and shall provide such data to him, as he/she shall request. All data including contacts, membership records, voting lists etc, shall be the property of the Party and shall be returned to the Party when a Secretary ends their term of office. Failure to comply with this rule shall be a disciplinary offence.
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