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9. Constitutional Amendments

  1. Constitutional Amendments

9.1 Proposed amendments to this constitution shall be considered by the NCG within three months where it is proposed that they do so by

(i) Members, in accordance with Rule 10.2; or

(ii) A member of the NCG.

9.2 When considering a proposed amendment, the NCG shall either

(i) Adopt it under Rule 9.5 (iii) or (iv); or

(ii) Vote on whether to put the proposal amendment to a ballot of the membership.

9.3 Where a majority of all members of the NCG, including a majority of those members nominated by affiliated trade unions, agrees to put a proposed amendment to a ballot of the membership, a ballot on the proposed amendment shall be held and the amendment adopted in the event envisaged by Rule 9.5 (i).

9.4 Where a majority of all members of the NCG, including a majority of those members nominated by affiliated trade unions, does not agree to put a proposed amendment to a ballot of the membership, the proposed amendment is rejected by the NCG. A proposed amendment that has been rejected by the NCG may only be put to a ballot of the membership in accordance with Rule 10.3. The proposed amendment shall then be carried in the event envisaged by Rule 9.5 (ii).

9.5 Proposed amendments to this constitution may be composited by the NCG and shall be adopted only with the support of:

(i) at least 50% of votes cast in a OMOV ballot of the membership, where the NCG has agreed to put the proposed amendment to a ballot of the membership;

(ii) at least 50% of votes cast in a OMOV ballot of the membership and at least 30% of those eligible to vote, where the NCG has rejected the proposed amendment;

(iii) A unanimous vote of all members of the NCG; or

(iv) A majority of all members of the NCG, where the NCG receives legal advice that without the proposed amendment, the constitution may leave N2015G ineligible for affiliation to the APC Party or that the proposed amendment is necessary to comply with the law and that the proposed amendment makes the minimum necessary changes to this constitution in order to ensure eligibility for affiliation to the APC Party or to comply with the law.

9.6 The NCG shall give all members notice of changes to this constitution and, where relevant, the legal reasoning behind them.

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10. Direct Democracy

  1. Direct Democracy

10.1 The NCG shall ensure that there is an online facility to enable members to propose that:

(i) A proposed amendment to this constitution be considered by the NCG;

(ii) Support for a particular campaign be considered by the NCG;

(iii) A proposed amendment to this constitution rejected by the NCG be put to a ballot of members; and

(iv) A prior decision of the NCG on whether to support a particular campaign, to issue guidance or directives to all members, to groups or to networks be put to a ballot of members.

10.2 Proposals made under Rule 10.1 (i) or (ii) with the support of 1000 members or 5% of members, whichever is fewer, shall be considered by the NCG.

10.3 Where a proposal made under Rule 10.1 (iii) has the support of 10% of members, the proposed amendment to this constitution shall be put to a OMOV ballot of the membership by the NCG within three months and shall be adopted in the event envisaged by Rule 9.5 (ii).

10.4 Where a proposal made under Rule 10.1 (iv) has the support of 10% of members, the decision shall be put to a OMOV ballot of the membership by the NCG within three months and shall be overturned where at least 50% of votes cast in a OMOV ballot of the membership and at least 30% of those eligible to vote are in favour of doing so.

10.5 Results of OMOV ballots are binding on the NCG. An amendment of this constitution or decision of the NCG shall not be put to an OMOV ballot of the membership twice in a period of one year without the agreement of the NCG.

11. Affiliated organisations

  1. Affiliated organisations

The following organisations may affiliate to N2015G provided that they accept the rules of Momentum and their representatives abide by the code of ethics:

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 (vI) other groups as agreed by the NCG, provided that the NCG may not agree to the affiliation of groups whose programme and policy is incompatible with that of N2015G or the APC Party, or who support candidates for public office from parties other than the APC Party

  1. Other Networks and Groups

12.1 Members are encouraged to meet and organise at a local level in order to further the aims of N2015G, within such boundaries as the NCG may determine. When making a determination on the boundaries of a local group or network’s operation, the NCG shall consult with members in the relevant areas. Members may also form regional or national issue based groups or functional networks in order to further the aims of N2015G, with the agreement of the NCG.

12.2 The NCG shall encourage and support the development of liberation networks for women, disabled and of Youth and Student networks in which members who self-identify as being within these categories are able to self-organise.

12.3 The NCG has the power to recognise networks and groups as “N2015G” and in appropriate circumstances, including where there has been a breach of N2015G rules, to withdraw recognition.

12.4 The NCG shall, as far as possible, support networks and groups to enable them to function effectively.

12.5 Local and other N2015G group or network meetings and activities at which key decisions are made or elections take place shall be open to all members of N2015G within the group or network’s boundaries and notice must be sent to all such members by such means as the NCG may determine.

12.6 Where a constituency party affiliates to N2015G, members in the area covered by the constituency party shall consider at appropriate intervals, as determined by the NCG, whether the aims of N2015G are best served by  maintaining a local group or network covering its area, or by working jointly between neighbouring N2015G groups and the local constituency party.

12.7 Anyone who stands for office, such as chair or secretary, in a group or network shall be a member of the APC Party, and in the event that they cease to be a member of the APC Party within their term of office, they are deemed to have resigned such office.

13. Powers

The following powers may be used by the NCG provided that:

  1. They are used to further the aims and commitments;
  2. They take account of the recommendations of the Members Council;
  3. They comply with all relevant laws;

(i) Power to invite and receive contributions;

(ii) Power to raise funds;

(iii) Power to set any membership fee or affiliation fee;

(iv) Power to accept or refuse an application for membership;

(v) Power to deem members as having resigned and to expel members when they have been deemed as having resigned;

(vi) Power to employ staff as necessary for promoting the aims and to make all reasonable and necessary arrangements for the payment of pensions for staff and dependents;

(vii) Power to co-operate with other bodies with similar aims;

(viii) Power to make an application to affiliate to the Labour Party;

(ix) Power to recognise groups and networks and to remove recognition;

(x) Power to set the boundaries of groups and networks;

(xi) Power to determine which meetings of groups and networks shall be open to all members;

(xii) Power to determine at what intervals members in the boundaries of a group or network which covers the area of a constituency labour party affiliated to N2015G shall consider whether the group or network should cover that area;

(xiii) Power to require members and affiliated organisations to provide evidence that they are eligible for membership or affiliation and that they are members of or affiliated to the Labour Party;

(xiv) Power to seek nominations and organise elections and delay elections in specified circumstances;

(xv) Power to co-opt members;

(xvi) Power to establish standing orders governing how it conducts its business;

(xvii) Power to choose members of the Members Council by lot;

(xviii) Power to call meetings of the Members Council;

(xix) Power to take all necessary and reasonable steps in order to consult with its members;

(xx) Power to set campaign goals of the organisation which further its aims;

(xxi) Power to appoint officers from its members and to establish any necessary advisory or other committees as necessary for achieving the aims;

(xxii) Power to delegate any of its functions; and

(xxiii) Power to do all other things necessary to achieve the aims.

14. Receipts and expenditure

  1. Receipts and expenditure

14.1 The funds of the association, including all donations, contributions and bequests, will be held in accounts operated by or on behalf of N2015G. All payments drawn on the account must be authorised by at least two members of the NCG.

14.2 The funds belonging to the association will be used only to further the aims.

15. Code of Ethics

Individuals and groups using the N2015G name and branding must operate according to the following principles at all times:

(i) As the successor to APC’s Change campaign of 2015, N2015G promotes the values of fair, honest debate focused on policies, not personal attacks or harassment.

(ii) N2015G seeks to build positive relationships with Constituency APC Party, affiliated organisations/support group and other APC movement or campaigning organisations that share its aims and principles.

(iii) N2015G seeks to reach out across the community and encourages the participation of people who may not have been involved in political activities before. Ensuring the safety and self-expression of everyone is a priority, especially of those who are often marginalised on the basis of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion, class, disability and educational or economic status.

(iv) Groups of individuals may form local N2015G groups (in accordance with the provisions of Rule 2 of this Constitution) to share ideas, organise and participate in activities at their local level, which demonstrate how ‘socialist values’ and collective effort can make a positive social and/or environmental impact. These groups must be democratic in their nature and be organised around a spirit of collaboration, inclusion and respect.

16. Equal Opportunities Policy

  1. Equal Opportunities Policy

(i) N2015G is committed to achieving equality of outcome and opportunity for all people of all ages. The NCG shall develop a full policy to reflect this as soon as practicable.

(ii) N2015G recognises the systemic disadvantage suffered by groups in society and therefore positively discriminates to ensure full representation of women, those aged under 30 and disabled, as set out in this constitution.

(iii) The NCG and all other groups or networks shall put in place measures and/or adjustments for those members or employees who are or become disabled during their course of their employment or membership. The NCG may require members, groups or networks to take all reasonable or necessary steps in order to ensure compliance with the Equal Opportunities Policy.

    We aim to influence political and public thinking and provide a space for broad and open-minded debate. The N2015G is a place for open debate where disagreement is expected and respected. As an organisation we actively promote a thorough re-examination of Nigeria’s political system, structure and drive collective action for change for the common good.

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