I have initiated the Biennial Confirmation of the Justicar, per the Covenant, Section 5.02. Grand Master Cotelin has confirmed his desire to remain in the position of Justicar. The Electorate (defined below) will hold a vote following a 48 hour discussion period with Grand Master Cotelin. A simple majority will re-confirm the Justicar.
I have outlined the pertinent Covenant Sections below in order to maintain transparency, not just with the Electorate, but with our club as a whole. *Augur Sanguinius Tsucyra Entar will vote on behalf of CNS per the Voting rules set out below.
The formal Vote will be held on 27 February 2017.
Grand Master Pravus
Section 5.02 Appointment of the Justicar, Biennial Confirmation
(c) Biennial Confirmation - Every two years after the confirmation of a Justicar, the Justicar must be re-confirmed by the Electorate to remain in the position by a majority vote. If the Electorate does not re-confirm the Justicar, he will vacate the position upon confirmation of a successor.
Section 1.05 Voting
(a) The Electorate Defined – Unless otherwise stated, all votes called for under the Covenant will be votes among the Electorate, other than votes of the Star Chamber. The Electorate consists of (1) the sitting Grand Master; (2) the Justicar; (3) the full-time Dark Council members; and (4) the leader of each independent unit of the Brotherhood. In the event that there is a vacancy in the highest position in an independent unit, the vote will be made by the second-in-command. For the purpose of clarity, the term second-in-command as used in the Covenant refers only to a Proconsul to a Consul or an Aedile to a Quaestor. Praetors, Rollmasters, and other similar positions do not count as a second-in-command position. If there is no second-in-command eligible to vote, the Star Chamber will appoint a representative member of the unit to vote on behalf of its membership for any particular vote.
(b) Discussion Period Required - Any vote required by this Covenant must be preceded by Discussion Period that must last a minimum of 48-hours. During the discussion period, the voting members of the Electorate are free to ask any questions they may have, state any concerns or opinions, or ask to see other details which may be available to permit the Electorate to decide their vote. The Grand Master, Justicar or other member moving for the vote, as the case may be, must provide the requested information and answer questions where possible. At any time after the initial 48 hours, the Grand Master or Justicar may—but is not required to—call for the vote, at which time discussion does not end, but votes may be entered. Votes that are not received within 48 hours of the call for votes are considered to be abstentions.
(c) Quorum – In order to hold a vote of the Electorate, at least three-fourths of the positions within the Electorate must be filled with eligible voters. Unless otherwise noted in the Covenant section referencing a type of matter to be voted on, the member that moves for or otherwise calls the vote is still eligible to vote. In order to ensure that a vote cannot be tainted through the stacking of newly-appointed members, a member of the Electorate is only eligible to vote if he has been a member of the Electorate (in any position) for at least thirty days or has been second-in-command to a member of the Electorate for at least thirty days prior to the initiation of the voting process. As to unit leaders, if the member in charge of the unit is ineligible to vote, the second-in-command may vote if he would be eligible under the same rules. Otherwise, as to other members of the Electorate, if the member is deemed ineligible, the position is to be treated as if it were vacant.
(d) Vote Tallies, Abstention – Except to establish quorum, unfilled positions are not tallied in the voting totals in any fashion. If a position is empty, the total number of votes needed to pass a measure is reduced proportionally by one. Members of the Electorate are free to abstain from voting. Should a member abstain from voting, the required number of votes to pass the measure is not reduced. Any fractional number of votes required for a measure to pass will be rounded up to the next whole number. Any reference in the Covenant to a “majority” vote means a simple majority that exceeds 50% of the vote.
(e) Multiple Vote Prohibition – To the extent a member may be in multiple positions that would grant him two votes on the same topic, that member must choose in which voting capacity he will enter his vote. For example, a member that is in both the Electorate and the Star Chamber must choose to vote either as a member of the Electorate or as a member of the Star Chamber, and may not vote twice. This provision does not prevent any member from serving in dual capacities, only from voting on the same topic in dual capacities. As to unit leaders, if the member in charge of the unit chooses not to vote under this provision, the second-in-command may vote if he is otherwise eligible. Otherwise, as to other members of the Electorate, the position which is not voted is to be treated as if it were vacant.
(f) Voting Within Chamber of Justice Proceedings - The provisions of this section do not apply to any of the voting procedures used within the Chamber of Justice, its juries or the Appeals Panel.
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