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Proposal ID628 
ProposalAmendments to the International Committee's IC Rules, Policies Procedures RPPs
PresenterGPUS International Committee
Floor ManagerBudd Dickinson
PhaseClosed
Discussion10/31/2011 - 11/13/2011
Voting11/14/2011 - 11/20/2011
ResultAdopted
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum51 A Majority of Yes and No Votes

Background

By the time the ICs revised RP&Ps were approved by the GPUS National Committee (NC) on 12/29/10, their implementation had revealed some discrepancies and gaps. A proposal amending those discrepancies was passed by the consensus of the IC on October 11, 2011. The IC now seeks the NCs approval of these amendments.

Proposal

Approval of amendments to current RP&Ps (AMENDED LANGUAGE IN CAPITALS)

 

I. In order to consolidate the annual IC elections for co-chair and biennial election of FPVA and GGN delegates and alternates into one election period, these amendments are proposed:

 

AMEND 2-3.2(a):

2-3.2(a) The nomination period shall be announced each year by the current Co-Chairs and shall be for one week beginning on the last Monday in January and ending on the following Sunday. Only Committee Members may be nominated. Members may nominate themselves for the position. Nominations do not need to be seconded.

 

TO READ:

2-3.2(a) The nomination period shall be announced each year by the current Co-Chairs and shall be for TWO weekS beginning on the last Monday in January and ending SUNDAY EVENING TWO WEEKS LATER.

AMEND 3-1.6(a):

3-1.6(a) The nomination period for FPVA and GGN Delegates and Alternates shall be for two weeks beginning on the first Monday morning of January and ending Sunday evening two weeks later. Only Committee Members may be nominated. The nomination period for Global Green Congress Delegates and Alternates shall begin the first Monday morning at least 120 days prior to the commencement of the Global Green Congress and end on the following Sunday evening.

 

TO READ:

The nomination period for FPVA DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES and GGN Delegates shall be announced by the co-chairs every two years and shall be for two weeks beginning at 12:01 am East Coast time on the LAST Monday of January and end at midnight Sunday evening Pacific Coast time two weeks later. The nomination period for Global Green Congress Delegates AND ALTERNATES shall be for two weeks beginning at 12:01 am East Coast time on the first Monday closest to a least 120 days prior to the commencement of the Global Green Congress and end at midnight Sunday evening two weeks later. Members may nominate themselves. Nominations do not need to be seconded

 

II. Beginning in 2010, the number of representatives to the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas increased from two to three, necessitating a change in our election method (from IRV to STV).

 

AMEND 3-1.7(A):

3-1.7(a) Elections shall be conducted on the Committee listserve or, should one be available, on the Committee voting page. FPVA Delegates and Alternates shall be elected by Instant Runoff Voting (IRV); Delegates and Alternates to the Global Green Congress by Choice Voting (STV), in both cases with "None of the Above" and "No Other Candidate" as options. Delegates and Alternates to the Global Green Network shall be elected by ranked choice.

 

TO READ:

 

3-1.7(a) Elections shall be conducted on the Committee listserve or, should one be available, on the Committee voting page. Delegates and Alternates to the FPVA AND the Global Green Congress SHALL BE ELECTED AT THE SAME TIME BY Choice Voting (STV), in EACH case with "None of the Above" and "No Other Candidate" as options.

 

III. Pertaining to how alternates will serve, and their terms:

 

AMEND 3-1.3

 

3-1.3 Unless otherwise prescribed by the FPVA and the Global Greens
 respectively, the Committee shall also elect one Alternate per Delegate.

 

TO READ:

 

3-1.3 Unless otherwise prescribed by the FPVA and the Global Green Congress
respectively, the Committee shall also elect a number of Alternates
equal to the number of Delegates. Alternates shall serve in the order
they were ranked in their election.

 

AMEND 3-1.4(a):

3-1.4(a) Terms of FPVA Delegates and Alternates shall be staggered, two-year terms, unless otherwise specified by the FPVA and Global Greens, respectively.

 

TO READ:

 

3-1.4(a) Terms of FPVA Delegates and Alternates shall be FOR two-year terms, unless otherwise specified by the FPVA and Global Greens, respectively.

 

IV. To articulate the process by which the NC will confirm the delegates elected by the Committee to the FPVA, GGN, and Global Green Congress.

 

AMEND 3-1.7(c):

 

3-1.7(c) Elections shall commence immediately at the close of the discussion period and shall last for one-week. The Committee co-chairs shall forward election results to the Steering and National Committees via the GPUS secretary.

 

TO READ:

 

3-1.7(c) Elections shall commence immediately at the close of the discussion period and shall last for one-week. The Committee co-chairs shall forward election results to the Steering and National Committees via the GPUS secretary. THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE SHALL APPROVE EACH OF THESE COMMITTEE-ELECTED DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES SEPARATELY, EMPLOYING THE NATIONAL COMMITTEES PROCESS FOR APPROVING OTHER POSITIONS SUCH AS FACILITATORS FOR ANNUAL MEETING.

 

V. Article V of our current rules (Protocol for Committee Behavior) describes the culture that the IC tries to promote as we perform our mission:

 

The International Committee has a well-earned reputation for conducting its business in a respectful manner, in keeping with the Ten Key Values. This atmosphere is crucial to the work of the committee, in part because it fosters the practice of diplomatic and respectful discourse crucial for both domestic and international relations among Green activists and Green parties. Members are encouraged to state their views, inform one another, and discuss issues in depth in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, thus enabling the energies of the committee to be focused on its work. In our internal work, we are committed to modeling the sort of ethical public discourse that differentiates Green politics from politics as usual, and that will facilitate the realization of peace, from within our committee, to international peace. Our process is as important as the content of our political positions.

 

In keeping with that goal, our approved RP&Ps anticipate listserv and offlist behavior that may be obstacles. In light of the ICs experience since the present RP&Ps were drafted, we propose an addition to the section to Article V.,Section 5-3 Offlist Violations Related to Committee Business or Function 5-3.1 Committee Members, Observers, and Advisors shall refrain from:

 

AMEND 5-3.1(k):

5-3.1(k) Vote-tampering or vote fraud, during any election being conducted by the Committee.

 

TO READ:

 

5-3.1(k) Vote-tampering or vote fraud, during any election being conducted by the Committee OR VOTE-TAMPERING OR VOTE FRAUD DURING ANY VOTING PROCESS IN THE SC OR NC THAT DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE COMMITTEES BUSINESS OR FUNCTION.

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VI. A final change is proposed herein which is unique, one time only, and not a proposed change in the RP&Ps. However, this change is relevant to the proposed amendments to the RP&Ps. It concerns the election of Michael Canney as GPUS delegate to the FPVA. In 2009 the IC elected member Michael to a two-year term as GPUS delegate to the FPVA--before the number of delegates was changed from two to three. Earlier this year (2011), the IC elected Julia Willebrand and Carl Romanelli to be the other two FPVA delegates for two-year terms, until January 2013. [They have yet to be confirmed by the NC]. Given that this proposal would amend the terms for FPVA delegates and alternates from two-year staggered terms to two-year terms for all delegates, and in order to synchronize future election cycles of FPVA delegates/alternates, it is proposed that Michael Canneys term as delegate to the FPVA be extended until January 2013 when the next election for FPVA delegates and alternates will occur.

Resources

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References

http://www.gp.org/committees/intl/members/current_rules.html


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