Rules for Discussion & Decision-Making
Get Organised! Anticapitalist Initiative Conference
ULU, 2nd December 2012
Draft rules for discussion and decision making from the national coordination to be approved at beginning of meeting
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1a. Each session will be chaired by one male and one female chair.
1b. The chairs are responsible for ensuring that an even balance of speakers is called. If lots of people want to speak, the chairs may give priority to women, youth, and people who have not already spoken.
1c. The chairs may impose a time limit on speakers with the consent of the conference.
2. Voting and Decision-Making
2a. Only those who have registered and paid the delegates’ fee may vote. Observers may speak, but do not have a vote.
2b. During the discussions in all three sessions, we aim for decisions to emerge, as far as possible, through consensus. An individual delegate may move an action or decision from the floor if a clear consensus emerges on a particular issue.
2c. Where a clear consensus does not emerge, decision-making shall be undertaken by a majority show of hands on the basis of those in favour, those against, and abstentions.
2d. Where a written proposal or amendment has already been submitted (i.e. Session Three), the procedure shall be – speech in favour, speech against, discussions, sum up (for and against), move to the vote.
2e. Similarly, a delegate wishing to move an action or decision from the floor where a consensus has emerged also has priority to move and sum up, but may wish to waive this if the consensus is obvious.
2f. Votes can be either binding or indicative.
3. Late Submission
3a. There is no automatic right to submit written proposals, motions or amendments on the day. If any delegate wishes to do this, the delegate may outline why they believe their proposal, motion or amendment should be discussed.
3b. The chairs will then ask the conference to vote by a show of hands on whether to take the proposal, motion or amendment.
4. Proposing Alternative Procedures
4a. Any contentious decision from the chairs may be challenged from the floor and referred to the conference. Similarly, delegates may propose an alternative way of running the debate and/or recall the chairs.
4b. In such cases, the issue will be referred to the conference.
5. Status of Conference Decisions
5a. The conference may vote to defer an action or decision to a future supporters’ conference. Where relevant, any actions or decisions may also be referred to the national co-ordination or the web team.
5b. The decisions of the conference are final and are binding on both the national co-ordination and the web team.