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CHAPTER 1 CONSTITUTION(pending ROS Approval and update)CHAPTER 2: STANDING ORDERS
1. The Chairperson, elected at the first Plenary of each legislative meeting, shall occupy theChair. In his/her absence, the meeting shall elect its own Chairperson.2. If the official ordinarily entitled to take the Chair is so affected by or interested in any motionas to render it advisable, in the opinion of the members, that he/she vacate the Chairduring the discussion of the motion, it shall be permissible for members to move, second andvote upon a motion that he/she vacates the Chair during the discussion. If the motion iscarried, the meeting shall temporarily elect the Chairperson.3. The Chairperson shall be the sole interpreter of the Standing Orders.4. The MC shall be the final interpreters of the provisions of the Compendium, apart fromstanding orders, and except in cases where they are interested parties, the Chairperson shallmake the final ruling.5. The Chairperson shall neither vote nor take part in the discussion of the meeting.
6. That, in order to avoid confusion during voting, a Roll Call shall be taken at thecommencement of all Plenaries of legislative meetings.Further, should delegates subsequently join the Plenary, they shall inform the Chairperson of theirpresence and this shall be recorded in the minutes.At the start of the first Plenary, the Chairperson shall inform delegates of these procedures.
7. In voting, motions shall be carried by a simple majority, unless the Constitution orCompendium provides otherwise. The casting of votes shall be in the following order : Votesfor, against, abstentions. If the number of votes for and against a motion are equal, the motionshall be regarded as not carried. Delegates abstaining shall be considered as non-voting.8. Only delegates who have attended at least two-thirds (2/3) of the previous plenaries of thatlegislative meeting will be allowed to vote in the final plenary of the legislative meeting.9. Observers and guests of the legislative meetings shall only be heard with the permission of themeeting.10. All delegates have the right to propose or second motions and amendments.
11. No motion or amendment shall be open for discussion until it has been seconded, but theproposer shall have the right to speak on a motion in order to find a seconder.12. Motions that have been approved in Working Groups and Subcommittees shall be circulatedin writing before the matter can be voted upon. Where this is not possible, there must at leastbe ample opportunity provided for discussion by the delegates.