A2305.01 | Change in the Legislator Status Requirement
Legislators of the South Pacific,
There has been a seconded motion to bring the following bill to a vote. The debate thread can be found here.
This bill is amending several different pieces of legislation, including constitutional legislation, providing a resolution on electing members to a proposed Eligibility Committee, and a new law for the creation and governance of a proposed Eligibility Committee. According to the Legislative Procedure Act requiring a majority greater than 60% to pass. The voting period will be 5 days, thus concluding on Mon May 15 2023 08:30:00 UTC (09:30 in London, 04:30 in New York, 18:30 in Sydney).
Please vote by poll if possible. If you cannot vote by poll, post ‘Aye’, ‘Nay’ or ‘Abstain’ in this thread. Please do not vote both by poll and by post. Comments and discussions belong in the debate thread and should be posted there.
The contents of this bill are listed below:
Amendment(s) to the Charter
Charter of The Coalition of the South Pacific
VI. The Executive
(2) The Prime Minister may appoint a Cabinet that consist of ministers under the following provisions:
a. Appointed members of the Cabinet must receive confirmation from the Assembly Eligibility Committee prior to entering office.
b. The Prime Minister may relieve a Cabinet member of their position at their discretion.
c. The Prime Minister will define the role the appointed minister will occupy upon nomination to the Assembly Elegibility Committee.
d. The Prime Minister may delegate their statutory powers, but not their responsibility, to their appointed deputy as needed.
(4) Members of the Executive are The Prime-Minister is required to hold legislator status.
Amendment(s) to the Elections Act
2. Electoral Basics
(4) To be eligible to vote in, or stand for, a forum-based election, a legislator must have been accepted by the Legislator Committee before the period for nominations began for that particular election.
(2) On the first of every January and July, the Assembly will convene for the first round of Delegate elections.
a. Any eligible legislator nation wishing to run for Delegate may declare their candidacy, and the Eligibility Committee will debate the merits of their platform. Any player who has been banned from World Assembly membership will be considered ineligible and any candidate who is later discovered to be banned from World Assembly membership will be immediately disqualified. Legislators Nations wishing to run for Delegate must hold a number of endorsements equal to at least 80% of the existing general endorsement cap at the commencement of the election period.
Creation of Elegibility Committee Act
Eligibility Committee Act
An act to establish a commission to manage the approval of the Ministers to assume in the ministries and the eligibility of candidates for Delegate.
(1) The Eligibility Committee is responsible for verifying and approving, or refusing, the eligibility of Ministers and Delegate.
(2) The Eligibility Committee will be composed of three Legislators, elected by the Assembly by simple majority vote. The three with the most votes win the position.
(3) The person with the most votes will be elected as the President of the Eligibility Committee and will be responsible for chairing and organizing committee meetings.
(4) A member of the Eligibility Committee is removed only if
a. the member resigns,
b. the member loses Legislator eligibility, or
c. the Assembly decides to remove they from office.
(5) When a member leaves office or is withdrawn, a new election must be held and the Assembly will choose their replacement with a three-day voting period.
(6) The Eligibility Committee does not have any executive powers and cannot interfere with the activities of Ministers and Delegates.
2. Check of Ministers
(1) The Ministers will begin their work when the Eligibility Committee deliberates.
(2) After every Prime Minister election, the Eligibility Committee will meet to verify and approve, or not, the nominated ministers. If one of the Ministers receives a vote of no confidence, during them term, or is rejected by the Eligibility Committee, they must verify the new nominee for them replacement.
(3) The Eligibility Committee has a maximum period of three days to verify the eligibility of the appointed Ministers. However, if you do not do so, it will be understood as confirmation in the eligibility analysis and the Minister will be able to take office.
3. Check of Delegate Candidates
(1) Delegate Candidates must have permission from the Eligibility Committee to run.
(2) Every six months, before the elections, the Eligibility Committee must verify and approve, or not, the applications to run for the position of Delegate, which must be done by the candidates at least one week before the beginning of the elections.
(3) The Eligibility Committee has a maximum period of three days to verify the eligibility of the Delegate candidates. However, if you do not do so, it will be understood as confirmation in the eligibility analysis and the candidate will be able to run for the office.
(1) These applications are the only means by which someone can be approved or rejected and therefore must be strictly followed by the Eligibility Committee.
(2) To ascend to a Ministry, or become a candidate for Delegate, they must meet requirements already set by law, including having a nation in the TSP.
(3) When a Minister or candidate for Delegate is rejected, they must receive a message through any existing means of communication. The letter will have this format:
We hereby inform you that your application to
[become a candidate for Delegate/become a minister] was refused. The reason for making such a decision was because you [were recognized as a significant risk by the Regional Security Council/do not have a nation on TSP].
The Eligibility Committee.”
(4) If there are errors, the Eligibility Committee can revoke its previous decisions.
5. Constitutional Law
(1) The Eligibility Committee Act is a constitutional law, and further amendments to it must meet constitutional amendment requirements.
Resolution on Voting for the Eligibility Committee
Resolution on Voting for the Elegibility Committee
A resolution to set the voting date for electing the members of the Eligibility Committee, as well as clarifying things about these positions which are implied by the Eligibility Committee Act
Whereas that it was not specified, and could not be, in the Eligibility Committee Act the date of its vote, as this would be a measure that would be taken only once and therefore it would not make sense to put it in the Act;
Whereas it is urgently necessary to set the election dates and clear things up about the positions of the Eligibility Committee members;
Resolved by the Assembly of the South Pacific:
(1) Elections for the three members of the Eligibility Committee will be held five days after the approval of these amendments.
(2) Any legislator may run for office.
(3) The Chair of the Assembly will be responsible for holding the elections and organizing the candidates;
(4) Those interested in running have just two days after the approval of these amendments to express their willingness to run for office.
(5) The positions are for life until the member leaves or is withdrawn for reasons already defined in the Eligibility Committee Act.