Monday, April 26, 2010

Know your rights or they'll get trampled!

Good Day Readers:

Article III Chief Electoral Officer from the MMF's Constitution is reproduced below. Here are some obvious flaws:

3 (c) What if the eligibility of a candidate is initially denied by the CEO but information subsequently comes to light they indeed qualify? There is no right of appeal

(d) Same argument as 3 (c)

(e) Same argument as 3 (c) and (d)

(g) Why is this report never made public?

The two most significant shortcomings are:

(1) Nowhere is a ceiling placed on election campaign spending

(2) The Chief Electoral Officer is not empowered to conduct audits and force candidates to declare sources and amounts of campaign funding

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk
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Article III Chief Electoral Officer

1. The Board of Directors of MMF shall appoint a person to serve as Chief Electoral Officer for each election. The person so appointed shall also have the responsibility to conduct any necessary by-elections while his/her appointment remains in effect.

2. The Chief Electoral Officer shall set, manage and conduct the election.

3. The duties and powers of the Chief Electoral Officer shall include but nto be limited to:

(a) Creating all forms, notices, ballots and documents as may be required.

(b) Appointing a Deputy Chief Electoral Officer and all Deputy Returning Officers and Poll Clerks

(c) Deciding the eligibility of all candidates to run for office. The decision of the Chief Electoral Officer shall be final and not the subject of appeal.

(d) Deciding all challenges to candidates. The decision of the Chief Electoral Officer shall be final and not the subject of appeal.

(d) Deciding the elibibility of all members to vote and all challenges to members. The decision of the Chief Electoral Officer shall be final and not subject of appeal.

(f) Preparing the List of Electors.

(g) Providing a written report to the Board of Directors of the MMF within 60 days from the date of the election.

(h) Taking all reasonable actions to ensure compliance with this by-law.

4. The Chief Electoral Officer shall ensure that all eligible electors of the MMF are permitted to vote and that no cherical mistake or omission results in the disenfranchisement of eligible electors.

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