Note: The Official Constitution and Regulations are the Hebrew Version. In any case of a difference between the Hebrew and this translation, the Hebrew shall be binding. For a downloadable PDF of this document, click here.
The name of the movement is “Zehut – A Jewish Israeli Movement.”
Chapter One: Goals of the Movement
- “Zehut – A Jewish Israeli Movement” is a movement that advocates freedom and aspires to reform society and the world out of loyalty to the God of Israel.
- The Movement will act to lead the State of Israel as a Jewish state, and will strive to achieve the following goals:
- A Jewish State – a state that strives to realize Jewish identity and destiny, and to gather the People of Israel into its land. A state that moves from a Zionism of existence to a Zionism of purpose – from a mindset of survival to a mindset and challenge of perfecting the world.
- A State of Liberty – a state that restores maximum liberty and responsibility to the citizen in all spheres and minimizes its involvement in the life of the individual. The areas of intervention of the state will be limited to as much as possible to the legal, security and national infrastructure systems.
- A State of the Family and the Community – a state that fortifies the values of the family and encourages the building of the community as the building blocks of society.
- A State of Abundance – a state that maintains a free economy within the restraining and refining framework of the culture of mutual kindness and mutual responsibility of the Jewish people.
- A Sovereign State – a state that realizes and enshrines its sovereignty over all parts of the Land of Israel under its control, most of all Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. A state that develops Jerusalem as a political and spiritual center for the People of Israel and for humanity.
- State of Peace – A state that seeks to end the state of war and bloodshed by defeating its enemies. A state that acts for the good of humanity and the world.
- The Movement shall be run according to the decisions of the majority, by elected institutions.
Chapter Two: Membership
Membership in the Movement
- An Israeli citizen aged 17 and over and a resident of Israel who identifies with the Movement’s goals is fit to be a member of the Movement.
- A member of the Movement shall uphold the provisions of the Regulations, shall comply with the decisions of the Movement’s institutions and authorities, and shall assist in the realization of its goals.
Request for membership in the Movement
- Application for membership in the Movement shall be signed by the one applying to join the Movement, on the “Application for Joining” form, which shall include the following:
- The applicant’s declaration that he identifies with the goals of the Movement as defined in this constitution.
- Authorization to charge the applicant membership fees through his bank account or by credit card cleared from his account at the bank.
- If a person ceases to be a member of the Movement, the validity of the authorization to charge him for membership dues by means of his bank account shall expire.
- The “Application for Joining” form shall be submitted directly to the Membership Registration Department of the movement by personal submission, by mail or courier, or through the movement’s website.
- In the absence of reason to disqualify, the Membership Registration Department shall accept the applicant as a member of the Movement.
- If there is a substantial defect in the application to join, the Membership Registration Department shall notify the applicant of the nature of the defect and shall enable him to correct the defect in the manner it prescribes.
- If the Membership Registration Department rejects an application to join the Movement, it shall notify the applicant of the rejection in writing and shall include in the notice a summary of its reasons.
- The applicant shall be entitled to appeal the decision to the Movement’s Court within 15 days of receiving the notice. Notice of this right shall be given to the applicant.
- Membership in the Movement shall be calculated from the date of submission of the application to the Membership Registration Department.
- A member of the Party shall pay a membership fee of NIS 18 per month.
- A membership fee for the first year of membership in the amount of NIS 216 shall be collected at the time of registration, and will be charged in a transaction of equal payments without interest and linkage of NIS 18 per month. Beginning from the 13th month, members will be charged NIS 18 each month.
- The payment of membership dues shall be by one of the following options:
- With a credit card charged from the member’s personal account.
- By means of a standing order from the member’s personal account.
- For the purposes of this section, a bank account or a credit card – of a spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, or parent shall be considered a personal account for payment of membership dues.
- The payment of membership dues shall be by one of the following options:
- The Council may, once a year, change the amount of membership dues.
- Should the Council decide on a change in membership fees, the new membership dues shall be collected only 30 days from the time the members of the Movement are notified of the change in membership fees.
- A member of the Movement may apply to the Discounts Committee established by the Council with a request for a special discount. The discount committee will be empowered to grant a discount up to half of the minimum fee to those who meet the criteria it sets. The discount will be for a fixed period of time to be determined by the Discounts Committee.
The right to vote and to be elected
- A member is entitled to vote for the head of the Party and its Knesset list, provided that he has been a member of the Movement for at least six months prior to the day of the election and has paid the monthly membership dues regularly. Except for a person defined as a Founder, for whom the time limit provision shall not apply under the provisions of this section.
- A member is entitled to be elected to the Knesset list if he became a member of the Movement for at least 12 months before the determining date and has paid the monthly membership dues regularly. Except for a person defined as a Founder, for whom the time limit provision shall not apply under this section.
- A member is entitled to be elected to the position of head of the Movement if he was a member of the movement for at least 24 months prior to the determining date and has paid the monthly membership dues regularly. Except for a person defined as a Founder, for whom the time limit provision shall not apply under the provisions of this section.
- If a member is convicted of a final judgment and sentenced to imprisonment for a period of more than three months for offenses unrelated to a public struggle or a conscientious decision, he shall not be a candidate for a position in the Movement or a position on its behalf unless the Chairman of the Elections Committee determines that the offense for which he was convicted, given the circumstances of the case, was not one of moral turpitude, or that no fewer than seven years have elapsed from the commission of the offense.
Termination of membership
- A member shall cease to be a member of the Movement in any of the following cases:
- If he informs the Movement in writing and signs his intention to cease being a member of the Movement and does not retract his notice within 48 hours from the time it was given, not including Shabbat and Jewish holidays. This message should be sent to the Movement’s email at: email@example.com.
- If he does not pay the membership dues, after he was given a suitable opportunity to correct his failure.
- If he joins or acts in favor of another party’s framework.
- If there is a judgment of the Movement ruling that his membership in the Movement has been revoked.
- The Organizational Branch of the Movement shall inform the member of the intention to order the termination of membership immediately upon fulfillment of one of the conditions enumerated in section 24 (b) to (d) and shall specify its reasons in the notice. The Branch shall enable the member, in a fair manner, to present his position on this matter within 15 days in a manner to be determined.
- Afterwards, the Organizational Branch shall determine its position and notify the member of its decision as well as his right to appeal the decision to the Movement’s Court.
- A person whose membership has been terminated under this section shall be entitled to appeal the decision to the Movement’s Court within 21 days from the date of termination of membership. The decision of the Court will be final.
- Every member is entitled to participate in the Movement’s activities, to vote for and to be elected to its institutions, unless otherwise explicitly stated otherwise in the Regulations.
- A member is entitled to present his candidacy for election in the Movement to an entity external to the Movement, only on condition that he meets the conditions of the body to which he is to be elected or appointed.
- A member must remain loyal to the Movement and strive to achieve the goals of the Movement, in accordance with the decision of its institutions.
- A member must comply with the provisions of the Movement Regulations and all decisions of its authorized bodies.
- A member must pay membership dues as prescribed in these Regulations.
- A Founder is a person who became a member of the Movement prior to the determining date for the first election for Movement institutions, or who has been a member of the Movement continuously for no less than 15 years.
Chapter Three: Institutions of the Movement
- The movement’s institutions are:
- The Gathered Membership.
- The Head of the Movement.
- The Faction.
- Coordinators and Delegates.
- The Council.
- The Elections Committee.
- The Court.
- The Internal Auditor.
- The Founding Committee – this body will replace all the institutions until their establishment. After this, its authority and existence will expire.
A. The Gathered Membership
- The Gathered Membership is the supreme body of the Movement and is empowered to take any decision by a simple majority.
- All members of the Movement are entitled to participate in the Gathered Membership.
- The right to vote and be elected at a General Meeting is only for a member who has the right to vote and to vote according to these regulations or to a representative on his behalf in accordance with the Regulations.
B. The Head of the Movement
- The Head of the Movement is the Movement’s candidate for Prime Minister of Israel, and the first candidate on the list of candidates for the Knesset.
- The Head of the Movement shall direct the Movement and shall be the official representative of the Movement for all intents and purposes.
- The Head of the Movement shall act in accordance with the objectives of the Movement and subject to the decisions of its authorized institutions.
- The Head of the Movement shall empower persons to act on his behalf within the framework of his powers in accordance with the provisions of the regulations, including the approval of the secretariat for the appointment of the General Manager of the Movement and managers of the Movement’s executive branches, their authority, and their spheres of activity.
- The Head of the Movement shall open the Council’s first session and shall serve as Chairman until the Chairman of the Council is elected.
- The Head of the Movement is entitled to present his proposal for a decision to the Council, its committees, and to any institution or party authority. Such a proposal shall be put to the vote at the first opportunity, unless the Head of the Movement agrees to postpone the vote, or the majority of the participants vote in favor of removing the motion from the agenda.
Electing the Head of the Movement
- An applicant for election to the position of Head of the Movement shall sign a letter of candidacy, in a form to be determined by the Elections Committee, and shall attach a notice of support for his candidacy by 300 members of the movement. The letter of candidacy shall be submitted to the Elections Committee at a time to be determined by the Committee. Each member will be able to support only one candidate.
- On a date to be determined by the Council and not less than six months before the date of elections to the Knesset as provided by law, the Head of the Movement shall be elected.
- If the Knesset’s Dissolution Law provides for a date for elections that is earlier than six months from the date of receipt of said law, the Head of the Movement shall be elected immediately after said law is passed, on a date to be determined by the Council.
- The Head of the Movement shall be elected in personal, general, direct, equal, and secret elections by the General Assembly.
- In the elections for the Head of the Movement, the candidate who receives the largest number of valid votes shall be elected, provided that he has received at least two-fifths of all such votes.
- If a candidate has not received the aforementioned number of votes, a second round of elections shall be held within 14 days of the date of the first round of elections.
- In the second round of elections, the candidate who received the largest number of votes (first place) shall compete against the candidate who received the next highest number of votes (second place).
- If two or more candidates receive the same number of votes as first place, or two or more candidates receive the same number of votes as second place, all those who won first place, or, as the case may be, the first in terms of the number of votes will participate in the second round, together with all those who won second place.
- The candidate who wins the majority of votes in the second round shall be elected.
- If two (or more) candidates in the second round receive the same number of votes in the first place, the number of votes each one received in the first round will be included. The candidate who wins the greater number of votes following this inclusion is elected. If, following said inclusion of votes, the number of votes of two or more candidates remains equal, one of them will be chosen by the Council.
- For the purposes of this section, an invalid ballot and blank voting slip (abstention) shall not be considered votes.
C. The Faction
- Members of the Movement in the Knesset and members of the Government on behalf of the Movement who are not members of the Knesset shall constitute the Movement’s faction in the Knesset.
The powers of the Faction
- The Faction shall elect the Chairman of the Faction and the members of the Faction’s leadership.
- The Faction shall elect the Movement’s candidates for positions in which Knesset Members shall serve in the Knesset.
- The Faction shall elect any candidate for another position on behalf of the Movement, which may be elected by law in the Knesset plenum and / or in one of its committees, except for candidates for ministerial posts and deputy ministers.
- The Faction shall represent the Movement in the Knesset in accordance with the objectives of the Movement, and subject to the decisions of its authorized institutions.
The method of electing the list of candidates for the Knesset
- After the election of the Head of the Movement, as stated in these Regulations, all members of the Movement shall elect the other candidates to the Knesset list, also in personal, general, equal, direct and secret elections. The order of elections shall be set in the Election Regulations by the Council.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing two sections, the Head of the Movement shall have the authority to add candidates as determined in advance in the Election Regulations.
- Direct elections for members of the Knesset on behalf of the Movement shall be held no less than seven days prior to the date of submission of lists of candidates to the General Elections Committee for the Knesset.
D. Coordinators and Delegates
- Any member who has the right to vote and be elected who has been granted power of attorney to be their “Coordinator” by at least 9 other members who have the right to vote and be elected – shall be a “Coordinator”.
- A Coordinator shall be entitled to represent his constituency for any matter including voting and being elected at the Gathered Membership, except for those present at the same time who wish to exercise their right themselves, and except for the election of the Head of the Movement, the list of candidates for the Knesset, and lists of candidates for municipalities and local and regional authorities.
- A member of the Movement may grant power of attorney to only one Coordinator. This power of attorney shall be valid until 48 hours after the member’s notification to the Computer Department of the Movement of the cancellation of the power of attorney.
- A new power of attorney shall go into effect 48 hours after the power of attorney is presented to the Computer Department of the Movement.
- At least ten Coordinators may appoint among themselves a single Delegate.
- A Delegate may represent his constituency for any matter, including the voting and being elected at the Gathered Membership, except for those present at the same time who wish to exercise their right themselves, and except for the election of the Head of the Movement, the list of candidates for the Knesset, and lists of candidates for municipalities and local and regional authorities
- A Coordinator may grant power of attorney to only one Delegate. This power of attorney shall be valid until 24 hours after the Coordinator has notified the Movement’s Computer Department of the cancellation of the power of attorney.
- A new power of attorney shall go into effect 24 hours after the Coordinator announces the granting of the power of attorney to the Computer Department of the Movement.
E. The Council.
Powers of the Council
- The Council is the supreme institution for determining the direction of the Movement and supervising the Movement’s directorate.
- The Council may decide on all matters pertaining to the Movement, subject to the provisions of the Regulations.
- The Council is empowered to accept any decision that is not contrary to the Constitution or the Regulations, or to a decision of the Gathered Membership.
- The Council is authorized to decide on the Constitution of the Movement – sections 1-2 – and to change it from time to time by a two-thirds majority of participants in the vote.
- The Council is authorized to decide on the Regulations of the movement – sections 3-4 – and to change it from time to time by a majority of the participants in the vote, except for the previous section, which specifies the majority necessary to change the Constitution.
- The Council shall elect the Court, and the Institution for Review.
- The Council shall elect the Chairman of the Council.
- The Council shall elect the Elections Committee.
- The Council is authorized to make and change decisions, and it is authorized to decide on the procedure for its deliberations.
- The Council shall, upon proposal by the Head of the Movement, the General Manager of the Movement, and the directors of the Movement’s executive branches, define their powers and spheres of activity, instruct them, and supervise them in carrying out their duties.
- For the purposes of said continuous supervision of the activities of the Movement’s Directorate and its branches, the Council shall establish a Secretariat of no more than seven members whose function shall be to supervise the conduct of the Movement and its branches.
Council – Agenda
- The Head of the Movement shall open the Council’s first session and shall serve as Chairman until the Chairman of the Council is elected.
- At the commencement of the first session, the Council shall elect the Chairman of the Council.
- The agenda of the Council shall be set by the Chairman of the Council; the Council may change the agenda determined by the Chairman of the Council. Proposals for changing the agenda shall be discussed before any other proposal, and in the order in which they are submitted.
- Proposals for a decision in the Council shall be submitted to the Chairman of the Council, and it has not yet convened, they will be submitted through the Head of the Movement The Chairman of the Council will consider the proposals and determine which of them will be brought up for discussion, but this is not to detract from the right of a minority to require discussion as per these Regulations.
- The Council shall convene in accordance with the decision of the Head of the Movement, or on the written request of a fifth of the members of the Council, and no less than once a year.
- The deliberations of the Council shall be open to all members of the Movement, unless the Council, by a majority of those present, decides that the discussion shall be closed.
Election of council members.
- The Coordinators and Delegates will elect up to 70 council members from among themselves.
- In the elections to the Council each Coordinator will have a single vote, and each Delegate may represent his Coordinators if they aren’t present for the vote.
- The Council shall convene within 15 days from the publication of the results on the election of its members.
- Elections to the Council shall take place once every four years on the first week of the month of Nissan. The determining date for these elections shall be Tuesday, four weeks before election day, at 17:00.
- The Council may move up elections if it determines that there is a proper reason for this. The Council shall determine the date of the elections, as well as the determining date.
- In special circumstances, the Council may postpone the election day for the Council up to three months from the date specified in the Regulations by a special majority of two-thirds of those voting.
- A Council member who ceases to be a Delegate ceases to be a Council member.
- If more than one third of the members of the Council cease to serve, the Council shall cease to serve until the election of a new Council.
F. The Elections Committee
- The first Election Committee will be elected by the Founding Committee of the Movement.
- Four months prior to the date of elections, the Council shall elect the Elections Committee.
- The Committee shall be headed by someone who has proven knowledge and experience in conducting a trial according to Jewish civil law.
- The number of members of the Committee shall not exceed five, including the Chairman.
- Any Committee member may appoint a permanent substitute. If the member of the Committee is absent from the meeting, his substitute may replace him, and his rights, including the right to vote, shall be like that of a member of the permanent Committee.
- If the Chairman of the Committee is unable to fulfill his duties, another Chairman shall be appointed by the President of the Court after consultation with the Head of the Movement.
Authority and conduct
- The Movement’s Elections Committee will manage and supervise all elections in the Movement.
- The Elections Committee shall conduct the secret votes at the General Assembly and in the Council.
- The Committee is authorized to instruct any body or functionary in the Movement, which shall act in accordance with its instructions regarding the performance of its function.
- The Elections Committee is authorized to determine the date of elections on or before the date set by the Council, provided that it is neither earlier nor later than 15 days, and only if special circumstances necessitate a change in the election day.
- The Committee shall determine its working procedures. The Committee is authorized to appoint subcommittees, including a committee of the whole, in which non-members of the committee may also serve, and to determine their powers, including the quorum for making decisions.
- The Elections Committee shall determine the amount that each candidate must pay to the fund as a participation fee for financing election expenses, after consultation with the General Manager of the Movement.
- The Committee shall prepare and publish the voter registry in every election process, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations.
- In the elections for the position of Head of the Movement, each candidate may appoint a member and a substitute on his behalf to the Elections Committee for the purpose of these elections only.
- The Elections Committee may prescribe rules of conduct in relation to advertising and propaganda.
- The Committee’s decisions will be passed by a majority of those present. If the Committee does not reach a decision, the vote of the Chairman of the Committee shall count as two votes.
- The Committee shall approve the results of the elections and publish them in such manner as it may determine.
- If the results of the election are appealed, and fault is found in the election process which could change the results, the Committee is authorized, after allowing those who may be harmed by its decision to make their case, to order a change in the results of the elections, or to disqualify them and to hold new elections.
G. The Court
- The Court is the supreme judicial institution of the Movement. In all matters of the Movement, members of the Movement, its authorities, and its institutions shall be subject to judicial review by the Movement’s Court in accordance with these Regulations.
- In light of the aforementioned Regulations promulgated by the Presidium of the Court, the Court shall be deliberated in accordance with these Rules, and according to the principles of Jewish civil law – all at its discretion.
- The Court is authorized, where it deems appropriate, to deviate from the provisions of the substantive law – and shall not be bound by the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure used in the courts.
- The Court shall be authorized:
- To discuss any matter pertaining to the Movement or related to it and any matter of dispute between members of the Movement and any of its authorities, between members among themselves, with regard to party issues, and between the Movement and its authorities among themselves.
- To order the removal of a member of the Movement or the suspension of his activity in one of its institutions or in one of its authorities in each of the following cases:
- if he has acted contrary to the decision of an institution or an authorized authority of the Movement.
- if the Court is satisfied that the circumstances of the case clearly demonstrate that the member has ceased to be a member of the Movement.
- To issue orders and injunctions, whether temporary or final.
- The powers of the Court shall not confer upon it a status in determining the policy of the Movement or on subjects that are subject to the discretion of the institutions and committees of the Movement.
- The Council shall elect a Judicial Panel, on an individual basis, to the Movement’s Court, which shall not exceed seven, of which one shall be appointed as President of the Court and two as members of the Presidium of the Court. The President and two members of the Presidium shall constitute the Presidium of the Court.
- The Council may supplement the Court’s quota, if it is not complete.
- A member of the Court must be someone who has proven knowledge of Jewish civil law and has undertaken to act in accordance with Jewish civil law and the Regulations.
- A member of the Court must be a member of the Movement. A member of the Court may not be a member of any other institution or other authority of the Movement, shall not perform any other function in the Movement or on its behalf, and shall not be in a situation of conflict of interest in any matter before it.
- A member of the Court shall cease to serve in his position if he submitted his resignation in writing, is unable to serve in his position on a permanent basis, or was removed from his position by virtue of a judgment by a plenum of the Court consisting of five judges.
- The Judicial Panel shall serve until the election of a new Judicial Panel by the Council.
President of the Court
- The President of the Court shall be in charge of the proper functioning of the Court.
Presidency of the Court
- The President of the Court shall form a Court Panel for the hearing of an action or a petition that has been filed.
- The Presidium of the Court, with the approval of the Court Panel, by a majority of opinions, shall be authorized to make regulations for proceedings that come before the Court.
- A Court Panel shall consist of three or more judges, as determined by the President.
- If the President is included in the Panel – the President shall serve as its President. If the President is not included in the Panel – the President shall determine the President of the Panel.
- A Judge of the Court, appointed for this purpose by the President, may issue temporary orders and interim injunctions ex parte, at his discretion.
Participation in meetings
- Members of the Presidium of the Court may participate as observers at Council meetings.
Judgment and punishment
- If the matter brought before the Court is of an economic or financial nature, then the Court shall be entitled to charge a party with payment and expenses.
- The Court is authorized to rule:
- an alert;
- a rebuke;
- suspension from office;
- dismissal from office;
- temporary suspension from the movement;
- expulsion from the movement;
- imposition of a monetary fine in favor of the movement;
- payment of the hearing expenses.
- The Court shall be entitled to order the publication of its judgment and how it is published, or to prohibit its publication.
H. The Internal Auditor
Authority of the Internal Auditor
- The Internal Auditor shall be authorized to review and audit the following:
- Proper administration and integrity in the Movement mechanism, its institutions, its branches, and the departments and frameworks established by it.
- The monetary operations of the Movement, its institutions and branches, their suitability to the budget and their reasonableness.
- Matters relating to the Movement which have been referred by an institution of the Movement The auditor shall not be authorized to discuss any political problems or issues which are subject to the authority or discretion of other bodies under these Regulations.
Election of the Auditor
- The Secretariat shall elect, on an individual basis, an Internal Auditor. The Auditor will have proven accounting skills.
- The Internal Auditor may be a member of the mOvement, shall not be a member of an institution of the Movement, shall not service in any other position in the Movement or on its behalf and shall not be in a situation of conflict of interest in any matter subject to his Audit.
- The Auditor may receive remuneration from the Movement for the performance of his duties, but shall be prevented from receiving any payment or benefit from any body connected to the Movement.
- The Internal Auditor shall determine the methods of inspection and audit, in accordance with an annual audit plan, and once he has reached general conclusions or a specific subject, shall inform the audited entity and the complainant.
- Copies of the Auditor’s conclusions shall be delivered to the Head of the Movement, to the chairman of the relevant institution, and to the chairpersons of all the institutions of the Movement.
- Where the audit relates to personal responsibility, the Auditor shall give the audited entity an appropriate opportunity to state his arguments.
- The audited entity or the complainant shall be entitled to appeal the Auditor’s conclusions to the Court within thirty days from the date of receipt of the notice of the conclusions of the audit. The Court’s decision will be final.
- Where an appeal has been filed under this section, the conclusions of the audit shall not be applied until the decision of the Court and as decided by the Court.
- Copies of the judgment in the appeal shall be delivered to the Internal Auditor, the complainant, the Head of the Movement, the chairman of the relevant institution and the chairman of all the institutions of the Movement.
- The Internal Auditor may appoint advisors and assistants to perform his activities.
- The Internal Auditor shall submit an annual report on his activities to the Head of the Movement and the chairman of the Movement’s institutions regarding his activities during the period between one Council and the next.
Participation in meetings
- The internal auditor and his staff may participate as observers in meetings of the Movement’s institutions.
I. The Founding Committee
- The Founding Committee shall appoint at least seven persons and no more than ten, to be determined at the time of registration of the Movement. The Founding Committee shall replace all the institutions of the movement except for the General Assembly for all intents and purposes until their establishment in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations.
- The Founding Committee shall act to establish the institutions of the Movement, and in any case shall hold elections to the election committee and thereafter to the council immediately after the Movement has registered no fewer than ten thousand members and no later than eighteen months from the date of registration of the party.
- The authority of the Founding Committee shall expire in accordance with the powers of the elected bodies. In any event, the Founding Committee shall cease to operate after the election of the Council.
Chapter Four: General Provisions
- The provisions of this Chapter shall apply unless otherwise expressly provided in these Regulations.
- This Code is formulated in the masculine form, but is addressed to every man and woman, without distinction.
- The Movement shall for all intents and purposes require a stamp with the addition of two signatures. Signature rights shall be determined by the Head of the Movement after consultation with the Internal Auditor of the Movement.
Decisions of an elected body
- An elected body may not cancel or change decisions of the body that elected it. “Body” in this chapter includes an institution, authority, or appointed or elected body.
- An elected body shall be convened for the first time and shall be run at its first session and until the election of the Chairman, according to the Regulations, by the Head of the Movement.
- Each body shall be convened by its Chairman.
- A fifth of the members of any body may demand that the Chairman convene the body for a discussion of a specific subject. Should such application be made, the Chairman shall convene the body within thirty days from the day of the request, to discuss the matter required.
- The quorum required for the existence of a body meeting shall be one fifth of the members of that body present at the opening meeting, which is sufficient for all intents and purposes, even if that number is reduced during the meeting.
- If one fifth of the members of the body were not present at the appointed time of the meeting, this shall not prevent its opening, provided that no vote shall be held until an hour later.
- For the purposes of this section, “meeting” – excludes the participation of members of a body in a secret ballot.
Existence of a body
- A body may act even if the number of its members has decreased, as long as the quorum has not fallen below half of its members. If the number of members members of the body have fallen below one half, elections to the body shall take place at the earliest opportunity.
Votes and elections.
- Decisions on matters other than elections shall be adopted by an open majority vote of the participants in the vote.
- A tenth of those present at the meeting may demand, prior to the vote, that a secret ballot be held. The demand shall be submitted in writing, signed by the applicants shortly before the vote.
- Elections shall be secret, except in such cases as may be prescribed in these Regulations or by the Council’s decision that they shall be made public.
The date for appeal
- If the right to appeal any decision has been granted, the appeal shall be filed within 21 days from the date of the decision to the appellant, unless otherwise expressly provided in the Regulations or the decision to grant the right to appeal.
Announcements to members
- Invitations and announcements to members shall be delivered in emails and/or text messages and posted on the website, but under special circumstances, they may be delivered through advertising on two widely distributed websites or newspapers.
Temporary substitute Head of the Movement
- If the Head of the Movement dies or is permanently incapacitated, the Chairman of the Council shall serve as temporary Chairman of the Movement. The Council Chairman will convene the Council for an emergency meeting within 21 days, and the Council will determine the date of direct elections in which the new Head of the Movement will be elected, and these will be held as soon as possible.
- The Council shall elect, at its said meeting, a temporary Head of the Movement whose term of office shall terminate immediately upon the entry of the elected Head of the Movement to his position.
- The term of office of the Movement’s institutions shall be from the date of their election until after the results of the election of their replacements have been publicized to the institutions elected under them.
- Any elected body or body bearing the name of the Movement is subject to the provisions of these Regulations and the to decisions of the institutions of the Movement.
- These Regulations in their entirety shall enter into force after they has been ratified by a two-thirds majority of the voters at the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Founders of the Movement (any person registered among the Founders of the Movement in the Registrar of Parties). If a majority is not achieved, the articles of the Regulations shall be ratified separately, and the disputed articles shall be corrected until the necessary majority is obtained.
- At the first meeting of the Movement’s Founders, the Head of the Movement will be elected.