Constitution

iXDemocracy Constitution 10th March 2012

 

  1. The name of the party is iXDemocracy.

  2. iXDemocracy aims to create “real” democracy by providing an incorruptible political structure through which communities can create, elect and control their own independent politicians.

  3. There are two types of party membership - administrative and elected - (Note membership is to keep track of the people that work for you. N.B. to take part in your local community iXDemocracy website all you have to do is sign up there.).

    1. Administrative types -

      1. The Party Leader

        1. The Party Leader has no power over any member. The Party Leader shall promote the iXDemocracy concept. The Party Leader will manage and makes decisions to ensure the goals of iXDemocracy are met.

      2. The Party Treasurer

        1. The Party Treasurer is responsible for managing the Party's finances, for preparing annual accounts and presenting them for approval as required by the Electoral Commission.

        2. The Party Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that the administrative and other arrangements of the Party comply with all legal requirements; for maintaining an up to date record of Party members for national Party purposes.

      3. The Party Nominating Officer

        1. The Party Nominating Officer is responsible for authorising Elected member candidates to stand for election and use the party name on the ballot paper.

      4. Founding Member

        1. The Founding member shall promote and maintain the iXDemocracy concept.

      5. Elected type -

        1. Elected Member

          1. An Elected member is someone who has been elected to stand as an iXdemocracy candidate by an official iXDemocracy website.

          2. They have no power to change the iXDemocracy constitution.

  4. Admission of members to iXDemocracy -

    1. Administrative - only by invitation from an existing administrator and approval of all.

    2. Elected Member - only through an election at an iXDemocracy website.

  5. Expulsion of members from iXDemocracy -

    1. Failure to comply with the "7 Nolan Principles of Public Life" :-

      1. Selflessness : Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

      2. Integrity : Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

      3. Objectivity : In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

      4. Accountability : Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

      5. Openness : Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

      6. Honesty : Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

      7. Leadership : Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

    2. Elected members are expelled from the party if they fail to comply with the wishes of the voters that elected them. Currently if any elected official either leaves or is expelled from their political party, they are by law, not obliged to resign from their official position (e.g. as a councillor or MP), to create a by-election, but at iXDemocracy it is assumed that an Elected iXDemocracy member is expected to resign from their official position to create a by-election if their community wishes them to, as the control of politicians by the community is the crux of the iXDemocracy concept.

  6. General Rules and Principles -

    1. iXDemocracy must maintain a flat structure i.e.

      1. There is no hierarchy or control amongst elected members.

      2. There is no hierarchy or control between elected and administrative members.

      3. There is no hierarchy or control between administrative members.

      This is to ensure that iXDemocracy is set up in the opposite way to a traditional political party i.e. Instead of a party leader controlling the party members and party members controlling your democratic vote, iXDemocracy changes this to the simple concept of the voters control the elected party members and the party leader controls nobody. There can be more than one leader. All leaders are equal and will utilize a “round table” approach. Leader's will amongst themselves democratically manage and make decisions to ensure the goals of iXDemocracy are met.

    2. The separation of member types into Administrative and Elected is for a reason -

      The Administrative members serve the iXDemocracy concept while the Elected members serve the community they represent.

    3. There is no system to create Administrative members from Elected members for the following reasons -

      1. All Elected members always need to feel they are not in competition amongst themselves.

      2. It would not be unthinkable for a rival party or entity to fill an iXDemocracy site with their party stooge's with the goal of using their Elected member to destroy the iXDemocracy concept. It is critical that the iXDemocracy concept and political structure cannot ever be fundamentally changed.

    4. An iXDemocracy member cannot be a member of another political party.

    5. iXDemocracy has no “normal” members as is typical with a traditional political party as there is no reason for iXdemocracy to organise or control members of any community. In this way no pyramid of power/control/corruption is created within iXDemocracy. All elections are performed by the communities therefore all power is controlled by the communities.

    6. Communities organise themselves at a local level via their iXDemocracy site. Communities create their own independent manifestos.

    7. As iXDemocracy Elected members must obey their iXDemocracy voters and there is no method of control between iXDemocracy Elected members and iXDemocracy Administrative members -

       

      1. Party whip's cannot exist.

      2. Lobbyist's do not have “behind closed door's” access to the decision makers i.e. they now have to talk to the decision makers i.e. the communities, and that cannot be done “behind closed door’s”.

      3. Real democracy is created for communities implementing the iXDemocracy concept.

    8. KISS :o) The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex, therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. e.g. This constitution is simple. If something seems to be missing it means it does not exist.