Amendment 1 to the Voting Reform and Fair Political Practices Act

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Amendment 1 to the Voting Reform and Fair Political Practices Act
CitationPAa-1 to A-31
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Legislative history
Introduced on10 July 2019
Introduced byRamelia
Required majoritySimple majority
Status: Pending

This Amendment amends the Code of Fair Campaign Practices to include a provision that enhances transparency and public trust in candidates for public office and provides for requirements of accessible voting result disclosure.

Article 1. Positions of Interest Disclosure Revisions

Section 1. Amendment to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices

Article 8, Section 1 shall be amended to read as follows:

The text of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices (referred to in this Act as the "Code") shall read as follows:
There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play which every candidate for public office in the Social Liberal Union has a moral obligation to observe and uphold in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly conducted campaigns, our Member States may exercise their constitutional right to a free and unfettered choice, and that their will may be fully and clearly expressed on the issues.
(1) I SHALL CONDUCT my campaign openly and publicly, discussing the issues as I see them, presenting my record and policies with sincerity and frankness, and criticizing without fear or favor the record and policies of my opponents that merit this criticism.
(2) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate.
(3) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any appeal to negative prejudice based on a candidate’s actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity.
(4) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any dishonest or unethical practice that tends to corrupt or undermine our system of free elections, or that hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters including acts intended to hinder or prevent any eligible Member State voting.
(5) I SHALL IMMEDIATELY AND PUBLICLY REPUDIATE support deriving from any State or group that resorts, on behalf of my candidacy or in opposition to that of my opponent, to the methods and tactics that I condemn. I shall accept responsibility to take firm action against any subordinate who violates any provision of this code or the laws governing elections.
(6) I SHALL DISCLOSE any office, title, or position I hold in any and all other regions or organizations, except, if applicable, with regard to positions held in the course of my official duties with the Combined Union Security Agency, in the interest of full transparency and disclosure.
(7) I SHALL DEFEND AND UPHOLD the right of every qualified Social Liberal Union voter to full and equal participation in the electoral process."

Section 2. Disclosure of Positions of Interest

A section, entitled "Disclosure of Positions of Interest", shall be inserted after Article 8, Section 4, to read as follows:

Within either three days of pledging to follow the Code or before closure of nominations, whichever ends sooner, any candidate who has pledged to follow the Code shall disclose all current offices, titles, and positions ("positions of interest") they may hold in foreign regions or organizations. They shall certify this disclosure's accuracy under penalty of perjury.
Clause 1. Disclosure of positions of interest shall be posted on the general information thread for the election.
Clause 2. Candidates shall not, and shall not be required to, disclose positions of interest held with relation to involvement in the Combined Union Security Agency. Candidates with such positions of interest shall certify to the Election Administrator that they have such positions.
Clause 3. Failure to properly disclose positions of interest within the required period of time shall result in removal from the list of candidates pledging to follow the Code.
Clause 4. Any prosecution related to perjury committed under this Section may be made at any time after the acts at issue, notwithstanding otherwise applicable statutes of limitations.

Section 3. Repeal of an Act

The Conflict of Interest Act shall be repealed in its entirety.

Section 4. Renumbering Authority

Appropriate sections and clauses shall be renumbered for continuity.

Article 2. Legislative Vote Result Documentation Revisions

Section 1. Announcement of Election Results

Article 6, Section 5 shall be amended to read as follows, without alteration to its clauses:

The statement of the result shall be made public no later than two days following the end of the voting period, shall be made both in the general informational thread on the forum and on the Regional Message Board, and shall contain the following:

Section 2. Announcement of Legislation Voting Results

A section, entitled "Announcement of Results", shall be appended to Article 7, to read as follows:

A statement containing the final result of a legislative vote in affirmative, negative, and abstaining votes shall be made no later than two days following the end of the voting period and shall be made both in the general informational thread on the forum and on the Regional Message Board.

Article 3. General Election Mechanism Revisions

Section 1. Legislative Votes on Secure Website

Article 7, Section 2 shall be amended to read as follows:

A legislative vote may only be held on the regional forum, or, a secure website authorized by law or inspected and approved for use by the Speaker of the Union, which utilizes API authentication. Provided, if a secure website separate of the regional forum is used, the results shall be canvassed by the Speaker of the Union and one other Member State who is not a sponsor of the legislation under consideration, and must be announced within two days of the vote's conclusion. An anonymized report of votes in the same form of a report of ballots for an election must be published with results and certified by the Speaker under penalty of perjury.