Please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain below for your vote to be counted.The Delegacy Elections Act
A bylaw to regulate the frequency and administration of elections in the IDU
The International Democratic Union States Assembly,
THANKFUL for the democratic reality that we utilise elections to choose our leader,
COGNISANT that, in a healthy democracy, elections are held at reasonable lengths,
BELIEVING that the maximum of 1 year between elections, as permitted by the Regional Charter, is overly generous,
Hereby Resolves the Following
§1 Frequency and Process of the Delegate Scheduled Elections
1. There shall be Scheduled Elections for Delegate every six (6) months;
2. Voting for the office of Delegate in these Scheduled Elections will begin on January 1st (hereafter referred to as Schedule I Elections), and July 1st (hereafter referred to as Schedule II Elections);
3. The Election Commissioner shall oversee candidacy declarations, the voting process, and the declaration of the winner. The Election Commissioner shall be the Speaker of IDUSA. If the Speaker is themselves a candidate, or if they will be unavailable or indisposed, they must appoint a proxy to fulfil these duties and obligations;
4. Nominations for candidates for the Schedule I Elections shall open on December 18th. Nominations for candidates for the Schedule II Elections shall open on June 17th. The time period for declaration of candidacy shall last no less than five (5) days, and no more than ten (10) days. The Election Commissioner shall have the discretion to set the time period within those boundaries;
5. Voting shall last for seven (7) days. The Election Commissioner shall have the discretion to extend voting up to a maximum of five (5) further days;
6. Voting shall take place in the voting chamber of the IDU States Assembly. Votes shall be cast by voice/text vote. No poll to count, tally, or otherwise collate the votes cast shall be valid.
§2 Candidate and Voter Eligibility
1. Only member nations of IDUSA who are also members of the World Assembly shall be eligible to be a candidate for, and hold the office of, Delegate;
2. No member nation who has served two (2) consecutive terms as Delegate shall be eligible to seek any further term(s) unless, and until, another member nation has succeeded them and served at least one (1) full term as Delegate;
3. Each member nation of IDUSA is allocated one (1) vote, and the usage of puppet states in the voting process is forbidden. The Election Commissioner will ensure that all votes be cast in public to verify that (a) fraud has not occurred, and (b) that puppet states have not been utilised;
4. These Candidate and Voter Eligibility Regulations shall apply for all Scheduled and Special Elections for the Delegacy.
§3 Special Elections
1. IDUSA shall call Special Elections for the office of Delegate if the office is vacated, either through resignation, inactivity, or impeachment;
2. Should the office of Delegate be vacated within one (1) month of the next Scheduled Elections, no Special Elections shall occur. The office shall remain vacant and the duties of the office fulfilled by the next active member in the Line of Succession who meets the eligibility criteria in §§2.1—2.2;
3. Provision may be made by law to regulate and determine a Line of Succession;
4. The Election Commissioner shall oversee candidacy declarations, the voting process, and the declaration of the winner. The Election Commissioner shall be the Speaker of IDUSA. If the Speaker is themselves a candidate, or if they will be unavailable or indisposed, they must appoint a proxy to fulfil these duties and obligations;
5. Nominations for candidates for Special Elections shall open not more than thirty-six (36) hours after the office of Delegate is vacated. Nominations shall last for five (5) days;
6. Voting shall last for seven (7) days. The Election Commissioner shall have the discretion to extend voting up to a maximum of three (3) further days;
7. Delegates elected via Special Elections shall only serve until the next Scheduled Elections.
§4 Results and Run-offs
1. The Election Commissioner shall announce the results of the election promptly after the voting period has ended;
2. The candidate with the most votes shall be declared the winner and Delegate;
3. Should there be an equal numbers of votes (i.e. a tie) between the candidates polling the highest number of votes, a run-off election shall be held. The run-off election shall no more than thirty-six (36) hours after the results have been announced and shall last seven (7) days only;
4. Should the run-off election result in yet another tie between the two highest polling candidates, length of continuous and non-broken membership of IDUSA shall be considered the tie-breaker. Should the two highest polling candidates also tie in terms of length of continuous and non-broken members of IDUSA, the candidate who has resided the longest in the IDU, without a break, shall be declared the winner;
5. The candidate who receives the second highest number of votes, immediately behind the Delegate, shall be declared the Vice Delegate. Should no candidate exist, or should there be a tie between candidates holding the second highest number of votes, the Delegate shall have discretion in choosing the Vice Delegate.
1. The first Scheduled Elections this Act shall apply to will be the July 2019 Schedule II Elections;
2. Any allegations of impropriety, fraud, or malfeasance, shall be referred to the IDU Judiciary Committee;
3. Any serving member of the IDU Judiciary Committee who is a candidate, the Election Commissioner, or the outgoing Delegate, shall not be permitted to hear the case, and shall recuse themselves from it.
Voting shall be open from 8pm GMT on the 8th January 2019 until 8pm GMT on the 15th January 2019.