The name of the Party shall be the Progressive People Peace Party (PPPP or 4Ps) (hereinafter referred to as "the Party" )
We assert the long term well being and advancement of the people of Kenya as the National principle of PPPP , culturally, socially, technologically, economically, and in every way by which advancement is recognised , by means of the principles of meritocracy and promotion and reward of innovation in every field, and to stand against corruption, to always ensure that those who represent the state in whatever capacity are held accountable for their actions.
2.1 Basic Philosophy
2.1.1 Transparency and accountability are the foundation for any healthy democratic system.
2.1.2 Award of position and reward by merit rather than on any other basis will be the National tenet of any government formed.
2.2 Socio-economic Principles
2.2.1 The growth of the national economy must be sustainable and paced according to the mid to long term outlook.
2.2.2 Every man and woman shall be given equal opportunity to succeed in their chosen profession, regardless of their initial station in life, which applies to those with undue advantages as well as those disadvantaged.
2.2.3 We recognise the tremendous value of culture and the arts in terms of quality of life as well as for the social advantages they provide.
2.2.4 Religion being a private matter for each individual has no place in government, and the government has no place in religion.
2.2.5 We fully endorse equality for women as a part of modern Kenyan society.
2.3 Political Principles
2.3.1 Decisions should be made by those bodies with the recognised competency to make them, in consultation with all affected parties.
2.3.2 Decisions should as far as possible be on the basis of consensus and respect for the rights of minorities.
2.3.3 Society should be guided by sustainability and mutual understanding leading to mutual advantage.
2.3.4 Working with our neighbours near and far on the principle outlined in 2.3.3 in the spirit of peaceful and just co-operation will be a National tenet of foreign policy.
The objective of the Party shall be to promote the Principles listed in Article 2, by means which shall include:
(a) active participation in the political process, and
(b) informing, educating and involving the public.
The Party aims to enable persons wishing to promote a sustainable society, to participate in the political process through membership of the Party.
4.1 Membership of the Party is open to all persons over the age of eighteen years who
(a) accept the Principles and Objectives of the Party as stated in this constitution;
(b) are registered both nationally and with an appropriate Constituency Group of the Party, where this exists;
(c) are not members of any political party outside Kenya other than one which is acceptable to the Party, and are not members of any other political party in Kenya .
4.2 Rules regulating categories of membership and subscription rates shall be made by National Council.
4.3 The membership records maintained by the national party will be regarded as the definitive list. The officials of Regional Councils , County Council and Constituency Councils will be entitled to full access to the national records of their members. The party's elected representatives and nominees for selection as party candidates will be entitled to full access to the records of the members in their constituency. Rights of access for other members of the party will be covered by guidelines agreed by the National Council .
4.4.1 Members shall be subject to a 6 month period of probation before being permitted to vote. In this period, membership may be discontinued by the National Council , otherwise voting rights shall be acquired automatically 6 months after being registered as a member.
4.4.2 A person who wishes to be a full member of the Party does not have to serve a six month probationary period if the National Council agrees to his/her immediate [full] membership. Application for waiver of this probationary period shall be made in writing to the National Council by the relevant Constituency Council Secretary, County Council Secretary or Regional Council Secretary.
4.5 The National Council may expel, suspend for a specified period, deprive of office within the Party or issue an official warning to any ordinary member or officer of the Party who, in the opinion of the National Council, has behaved or is behaving in a manner which has caused, or is likely to cause, harm to the Party.
4.5.1 Such disciplinary measures shall be by means of a Motion passed by the National Council in accordance with rules of natural justice and with Rules and Procedures.
4.5.2 Every person expelled from the Party, suspended from membership or office in the Party, deprived of office or issued with an official warning shall have a right of appeal to the Appeals Committee in accordance with rules of natural justice, and with Rules and Procedures.
4.6 The National Council may expel, suspend for a specified period or issue an official warning to a Constituency or Local Group which, in the opinion of the National Council, has behaved or is behaving in a manner which has caused, or is likely to cause, harm to the Party.
4.6.1 Such disciplinary measures shall be by means of a Motion passed by the National Council in accordance with rules of natural justice and with Rules and Procedures.
4.6.2 The Constituency Group or Local Group so expelled, suspended or warned, or any individual member thereof, shall have a right to appeal to the Appeals Committee in accordance with rules of natural justice and with Rules and Procedures.
4.7 Rules of natural justice shall be understood to imply:
a) the right to be furnished with details of allegations made against a member or group within a reasonable time before a decision is taken;
b) the right of a member or group to be heard in his, her or its own defence ;
c) the right to have the complaint and the defence heard by a sub-committee, appointed by the National Council, from which those parties making the complaint are excluded;
d) the right to be furnished with any documentation which may be proffered in evidence against the member or group at a hearing;
e) the right to appeal the decision to an appeals body in this case being the Appeals Committee.
4.8 Group Affiliation
Groups may become affiliated to PPPP at the discretion of National Council. Each affiliated group must have a party contact person, treasurer and chairperson. Affiliated groups should have at least 4 meetings per year and consist of not less than 4 members.
The affiliated group must hold an Annual General Meeting during which two people are appointed representatives from the group. These two 'representatives' must be over 1 8 years of age and must fill in forms declaring that they are not members of any other political party.
A minimum annual fee to be set by the National Council will be required from each group seeking affiliation status. The two 'representatives' from each group will be eligible to vote at National Conventions and Conferences.
There will be no minimum age for affiliated group members.
5.01 The Party shall consist of Individual Members, who shall where appropriate be organised into one of three group types:
· Local Groups: A subgroup of the Constituency Groups, each shall have one representative to participate in constituency council deliberations.
· Constituency Groups: This shall correspond in area to one or more constituencies of 8 regions of Kenya , and each constituency group shall have a constituency council to direct its activities. These groups are the basic unit of the party.
· Regional Groups: An organisation of constituency groups as set up by the national council to assist with coordination on the regional or national level.
5.02 The rules governing the relationships between the Party and Constituency Groups and associated Local Groups, Regional Groups and Specialist Groups (standing committees and affiliated groups) shall be as laid down in this Constitution, supplemented by such rules as may be passed by National Convention or National Council.
5.1 Constituency Groups
5.1.1 A Constituency Group must be recognised by the National Council according to Rules and Procedures. The minimum membership must be 10 members.
5.1.2 Members of the Party resident in a Constituency should register with the Constituency Group for that Constituency but membership of any Group shall be at the discretion of that Group subject to ratification by the National Council. Where there is no Constituency Group, he or she may register with an appropriate neighbouring Constituency Group or Regional Group.
5.1.3 Where a Constituency Group already exists, Local Groups may be formed on a geographical basis subject to the approval of the Constituency Group. Where a Regional Group exists, and there are insufficient members in an area to form a Constituency Group, the Regional Group may authorise the creation of a Local Group. Such Local Groups shall consist of 5 or more members. Where there are Local Groups, the Constituency Group may be set up on a delegate basis, in accordance with Rules and Procedures.
5.1.4 Constituency Groups who are not part of a Regional Group are required to agree to a long-term development/activist plan with the General Secretary, who will report on progress to the National Council.
5.2 Regional Groups
5.2.1 Subject to recognition by the National Council, Regional Groups may be formed where there is a perceived Regional focus for co- ordinated activity. Where there are several Local Groups and Constituency Groups in a Regional area, the Regional Group may be set up on a delegate basis. Regional Groups will operate under Rules and Procedures, except where the National Council recognises an organisation outside the Republic of Kenya as having Regional Group status in the Party, in which case that organisation may have its own Rules and Procedures.
5.2.2 Standing Committees reporting to Regional Groups may be set up by decision at Regional level.
5.2.3 Each Constituency and Local Group shall elect two delegates to the Regional Group Council. Delegates may also be officers on the Council but will always have only one vote.
5.2.4 Each Regional Group shall elect a Chairperson and such Officers as considered necessary according to Rules and Procedures.
5.2.5 Regional Groups are required to agree to a long-term development/activist plan with the General Secretary, who will report on progress to the National Council.
5.2.6 All party members in a Regional Group area may attend General Meetings of that Regional Group and may vote if they have voting rights according to Section 4.4. The Party Leader and Deputy Party Leader may attend General Meetings of any Regional Group but may only vote if they are a member of that Group.
5.3 National Conference
There shall exist a National Conference which shall meet at intervals between National Conventions. National Conference shall consist of:
(a) "The Party Leader";
(b) Two delegates from the National Council;
(c) Not more than two delegates representing each parliamentary or assembly group;
(d) Two delegates representing the Local Government Group;
(e) One delegate per Constituency Group;
(f) One delegate per Regional Group.
Each member of the National Conference shall have one vote.
5.3.1 The National Council shall call the meetings of National Conference, and may call an emergency meeting of the National Conference, on its own initiative or at the request of a minimum of three Constituency Groups.
5.3.2 The primary task of National Conference shall be the development of policy, within general guidelines indicated by National Convention. Where there is conflict between policy as developed by National Conference and policy contained within Convention guidelines, National Conference policy shall prevail.
5.3.3 Constituency Group Delegates shall serve for not less than one year and not more than f ive years . One or more observers, without voting rights, may be selected by each Constituency Group or by each Regional Group prior to National Conference meetings, taking into account the National Conference agenda and the possible need for specialist knowledge.
5.3.4 Elections for the Delegates and Substitute Delegates to National Conference and to Regional Group shall take place at the first meeting of each Constituency Group and each Regional Group subsequent to Convention. Election of Delegates shall be in accordance with Rules and Procedures.
5.3.5 Meetings of Constituency Groups and Regional Groups, and of National Council, shall be convened and conducted according to Rules and Procedures. Minutes shall be kept by an elected recording secretary having responsibility for their accurate maintenance.
5.4 Standing Committees
Standing Committees shall consist of two types: those concerned with Policy Development and those concerned with Policy Implementation.
5.4.1 Standing Committees for Policy Development may be set up on the initiative of the National Council, or of National Conference. Subject to recognition by the National Council, Standing Committees may also be set up on the initiative of Regional Groups, of Constituency Groups, of Local Groups or of Individual Members. The terms of reference and method of appointing a Convenor of a Standing Committee shall be determined by the body which has established or recognised it. Standing Committees shall report to the body which initiated them, either as a routine or by special request, except for those initiated by individuals which shall report to the National Council. The procedures of Standing Committees shall be as defined from time to time by Rules and Procedures. Delegates from Standing Committees for Policy Development shall not ipso facto have voting rights.
5.4.2 Convenors of Standing Committees for Policy Development shall ensure that Elected Public Representatives and Media Spokespeople are briefed on policy issues, and shall attend in support of Elected Public Representatives and Media Spokespeople when requested on appropriate public occasions.
5.4.3 Elected Public Representatives at local, regional, national and international levels shall be the primary means of Policy Implementation. If there are more than one elected representatives at a specific level, that is, Local Government, and any other assembly , they shall constitute themselves as a Standing Committee.
5.4.4 Specialist Policy Implementation Groups may be set up from time to time, on the initiative of, or subject to recognition by, the National Council, for the implementation of policy by additional democratic means, such as publicity campaigns, conferences, lobbying of parliament , etc. Such Specialist Policy Implementation Groups shall report to the National Council sending a delegate who shall not have voting rights. The Media Spokesperson Group shall be a Standing Committee as here defined.
5.5 National Council Tasks
There shall exist a National Council. The National Council shall be responsible for ensuring the medium and long-term development and expansion of the Party. The tasks of the National Council shall include the following :
(a) To employ staff, including a General Secretary. The General Secretary and their team will manage the organisational , logistical and financial development of the party, assisting regions, Constituency Groups and local areas to set achievable and measurable targets, reporting to the National Council on progress against a plan of at least 5 years duration looking beyond the next general election.
(b) The General Secretary shall organise and attend National Council meetings, implementing the decisions of the Party Leader, National Conference, and National Council.
(c) To obtain information about the performance of functions or tasks entrusted by the Party to Party Standing Committees or to individual members, who shall attend by arrangement when relevant issues are on the agenda. The National Council may provide guidelines to Party Standing Committees or individual members for the execution of these functions and tasks through the auspices of the General Secretary.
(d) To formulate proposals for National Conference to consider, and to prepare the agenda of National Conference meetings. The agenda shall include topics submitted in good time by Constituency Groups and other Party bodies, in accordance with Rules and Procedures. The National Council shall have the power to negotiate the compounding of resolutions, in consultation with their proposers.
(e) The meetings of the National Council shall be minuted and the minutes shall normally be accessible on demand to Regional Groups and to Constituency Groups. The National Council may however decide that certain matters are confidential and refuse access to minutes. Any member aggrieved by such a decision may refer the matter to the Appeals Committee.
(f) To prepare an Annual Budget for, and to present audited annual accounts to, the Annual Convention. This annual budgetary process must be set within the development context of section 5.5(a) above.
(g) To organise election campaigns.
(h) There shall be a Management Committee comprising of the Party Leader, Deputy Party Lea der, Co- ordinator , Chair of National Conference and the General Secretary. This committee will include at least two elected representatives from each region . The quorum of any meeting of the Management Committee shall be three.
The Management Committee shall be accountable to the National Council and shall act for the National Council between m eetings.
The Party Treasurer shall attend if requested to do so by the Party Leader. Special Management Committee meetings can be called at any time by the Party Leader to discuss matters which require urgent attention.
( i ) The National Council shall appoint a Rules and Procedures Sub-committee, and may appoint such other sub-committees as it sees fit, and shall delegate such powers to sub-committees as it sees fit.
5.6 National Council Composition
The National Council shall comprise:
a) the Party Leader;
b) the Deputy Leader;
c) the Regional Leaders ;
d) a Treasurer, elected individually by voting at each Annual Convention;
e) 10 other members elected by voting at each Annual Convention so that of the 15 members there will be:
f) at least one member of the Regional Group and not more than three
ii) at least one regional representative
iii) at least one member resident in each constituency covered by the Party.
The General Secretary attends meetings but has no vote.
5.6.1 A person elected to the National Council shall serve a one-year term, unless obliged to resign due to compelling personal reasons. In the event of such resignation, he or she shall be replaced in accordance with Rules and Procedures.
5.6.2 The National Council shall elect, from among its own members, in accordance with Rules and Procedures, a Co- ordinator and Deputy, who shall act as the link between the National Council and the General Secretary between meetings of the National Council and shall summon meetings of the National Council.
5.7 Party Leader
5.7.1 The Party Leader shall be elected by voting through a national ballot of members except where two candidates are nominated, in which case a simple majority vote will apply. The nomination and election procedure for Party Leader candidates shall be determined by the National Council.
5.7.2. The Party Leader must be a member of PPPP party .
5.7.3 The duties and responsibilities of the Party Leader will be :
(a) To act as chief spokesperson of PPPP party.
(b) To appoint and regulate a negotiation team, with the approval of the National Council, in the event of discussions on possible political arrangements with other parties.
(c) To act as a focal point of inspiration and encouragement for party members and supporters.
(d) To direct the functions of the party General Secretary in consultation with the National Council or, where circumstances require, with the Co- ordinator .
5.7.4 The term of office of the Party Leader shall normally be five years, with a recurring option for further five year terms. However should a general election be called in the Republic of Kenya , a leadership election must be held within six months following polling day. In the case of the Party Leader resigning without completing a term, an election shall take place thereupon and the result be announced when the ballot is completed; the term thus started shall last until after the next general election in the Republic of Kenya , when a leadership election must again take place within six months after polling day.
5.7.5 A Motion of Confidence or a Motion of No Confidence in the Party Leader can be proposed in a pre-submitted motion to the National Council. Such a motion must be co-signed by the secretaries of at least 12 local constituency groups, or, separately a motion must be co-signed by at least half of the combined PPPP Party county groups . Passage of a motion of no-confidence or failure to win a motion of confidence will require the immediate resignation of the Party Leader.
5.7.6 A Deputy Leader shall be elected by National Convention after the election of the Party Leader is announced. The role of the Deputy Party Leader shall be to assist and deputise for the Party Leader.
5.8 The Parliamentary Party
5.8.1 The Parliamentary Party shall normally comprise all PPPP Party members of the , East African parliament, Kenyan Senate, Parliament, Regional Government and Counties.
5.8.2 The Parliamentary Party may expel or suspend any of its members in accordance with Rules and Procedures and subject to the party's appeals procedures.
5.8.3 PPPP Party members of each House of each parliament or assembly shall form their own Party Group. Where there are PPPP Party members of both houses of a parliament they shall also form a parliamentary Group. Each Group may adopt its own Rules and Procedures.
5.8.4. Following a General Election, the Party Group in the relevant House shall have the power to negotiate with other parties and to decide on all possible political arrangements with other parties, subject to ratification by a Special National Convention of any decision to participate in a government.
5.8.5. If the Party Leader is a member the Parliamentary Party, s/he shall be leader of the Parliamentary Party and the Party Group in the relevant House. All other positions in the Houses shall be decided by the relevant Party Group with the approval of the National Council.
5.9 Appeals Committee
There shall exist an Appeals Committee.
5.9.1 The Appeals Committee shall consist of a panel of ten members who have been members for more than 6 months , or such length of time as the party has existed, whichever is less. To hear an appeal three members of the Appeals Committee shall be drawn by lot to form an Appeals Tribunal. The Appeals Tribunal shall have no direct organisational involvement in the decision appealed against, nor any other conflict of interest.
5.9.2 Appeals must be commenced within 4 months of the decision which is being appealed against.
5.9.3 The Appeals Committee may nominate one of their members to act as mediator, to explore the possibility of resolving the dispute without resort to the Appeals procedure.
5.9.4 When considering appeals, the Appeals Committee shall hear all relevant evidence and shall have power to lift or confirm the suspension of expulsion of a group or suspension or expulsion of a member, or deprivation of office of an officer. Its decisions shall be announced within seven days of being reached and shall be final.
5.9.5 The Appeals Committee shall hear cases relating to other issues as provided for in this Constitution.
5.10 Party C ampaign Secretariat
Party campaign secretariat shall be elected for a term of two years by voting through a national ballot of members, except where two candidates are nominated, in which case a simple majority will apply. The nomination and election procedure for party campaign secretariat shall be determined by the National Council.
The party secretariat member must be a member of PPPP Party .
The duties and responsibilities of the campaign secretariat shall be
(a) to chair meetings of the national campaign convention
(b) to chair the meetings of the campaign management committee
(c) to chair meetings relating to electoral and party campaigns
6. DECISION MAKING AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
6.1 Decisions, whether at meetings or conventions, shall where possible be made by consensus.
6.1.1 In circumstances where, in the view of the participants, all reasonable efforts to achieve consensus have failed, the time available for debate is exhausted and the matter is too urgent to be deferred, the decision may be made by vote.
6.1.2 Except where otherwise specified in this Constitution, where the choice to be made is a decision between two options, a vote shall require a two-thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote excluding abstentions.
6.1.3 If a vote is taken on a proposed amendment to a motion, the decision to accept or reject the amendment will require only a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote excluding abstentions.
6.1.4 In order to decide whether a vote may be taken, the chairperson may be called on to take a procedural vote, which he/she must do. If this is passed, the question shall be put to the floor with no further discussion.
6.1.5 Where there are m ore than two options involved , a multiple choice vote may be taken instead of a vote in accordance with Rules and Procedures.
6.2 Standing Committees for Policy Development may be set up according to the procedures under Article 5.4. A Policy Development Standing Committee shall have a Convenor whose initial task is to recruit the Standing Committee. The composition of the Standing Committee shall be subject to acceptance by the National Council. If necessary the Standing Committee may contain sub-committee structures with named sub- Convenors . The Convenors shall report to the National Council and to their appropriate Media Spokesperson and may report to Council from time to time when requested, or on their own initiative, and/or to Convention when appropriate.
6.3 Media Spokespersons shall be appointed by and accountable to the National Council in consultation with the Party Leader and shall be briefed by the appropriate Policy Standing Committee Convenors .
6.4 Policy position papers and accompanying action-oriented resolutions shall be circulated to all Constituency Groups, Regional Groups, the Party Leader and public representatives who shall have the right to propose written amendments to National Council or National Convention meetings at which the policy is to be considered, in accordance with Rules and Procedures.
6.5 A substantive resolution, with or without amendments, adopted by National Council or Convention, shall then become the policy of the party.
6.6 Convenors of Standing Committees for Policy Development shall ensure that Media Spokespeople and elected representatives are regularly briefed. Convenors of Standing Committees for Policy Development shall be available, acting in a supportive specialist spokesperson capacity, in support of press conferences called by Media Spokespeople or elected representatives.
6.7 Policies for specific Regional Groups, Constituency Groups and Local Groups shall be adopted by the Regional Group, Constituency Group or Local Group concerned, within the general policy constraints as defined by Convention and elaborated by Council.
7. NATIONAL CONVENTIONS
National Conventions shall be of two types: (a) Annual and (b) Special.
7.1 Annual Conventions shall take place at intervals of not less than 9 months and not more than 15 months and shall be called by the National Council.
7.2 The National Council shall call a Special National Convention if requested by five or more Constituency Groups or may call one on its own initiative.
7.3 At all Conventions, all paid-up members of the Party shall be entitled to attend as Observers. Such Observers may speak but not vote. Only those elected as delegates by Constituency Groups and associated Local Groups, or by Regional Groups, shall be entitled to speak and vote.
7.4 The ratio of delegates to members shall be determined by decision of National Council in the light of the current membership numbers of the Party. There shall be retained a proportionality between Constituency, associated Local Groups where these exist and Regional groups consistent with their numerical strengths. The number of members for the purpose of establishing the ratio of delegates shall exclude members in their probationary period. The decision of the National Council on the issue of proportionality shall be final and binding.
7.5 The Annual Convention shall take steps to make the members of the Party and general public aware of Party policies coming out of the Standing Committees for Policy Development, by means which shall include:
(a) Presenting issues to the public;
(b) Discussing and passing resolutions on matters of topical concern;
(c) Enabling Party members to meet and interact with others in the Party;
(d) hearing, discussing and accepting, or referring to National Convention for elaboration, reports from the National Council, from Policy Development Committees, and from the Parliamentary Groups and Local Government Group.
(e) debating resolutions in context relating to the contents of the foregoing reports, as referenced in 7.5(d). These resolutions shall form part of the policy development procedure, for subsequent elaboration by the National Council.
The Annual National Convention shall also:
(f) hear, discuss and accept, with or without amendments, an annual financial report and budget for the coming year;
(g) elect 3 trustees, an honorary treasurer and an auditor;
(h) elect members of the incoming National Council;
( i ) elect the Appeals Committee;
(j) revise this Constitution, according to the procedures in Section 10;
(k) adopt Rules and Procedures;
(l) elect the Deputy Party Leader.
The Trustees, Honorary Treasurer, Auditor, National Council, and Appeals Committee take up their positions at the conclusion of the Annual Convention and remain in office until the conclusion of the next Annual Convention, or until the conclusion of the following Annual Convention where elected for 2 years; with the exception that those members of the National Council elected other than by Convention shall remain in office until such elections are held, or for one month after Convention, whichever period is the shorter.
7.6 Special Conventions shall consider only the issue or issues for which they were called, which shall be set out in documentation circulated in advance by the National Council, subject to Rules and Procedures.
7.7 Conventions shall be conducted according to Rules and Procedures.
Only the Party nationally shall have the right to use a bank account in the name of PPPP Party . Other Party bank accounts shall always be named explicitly with the name of the Constituency, Regional or Standing Committee of the Party to which it belongs.
8.1 The primary sources of funds shall be:
(a) annual membership subscriptions paid by members;
(b) profits of fund-raising events organised internationally, nationally, regionally, at constituency level or locally;
(c) donations and bequests;
(d) contributions from the salaries and expenses of elected representatives;
(e) such funding as may be available from the Government of Kenya .
8.2 (a) The proportional share of these sources to be allocated to national, regional, constituency and local activities shall be laid down annually in the form of a Budget. The Budget shall be introduced in the form of a resolution to National Convention by the Honorary Treasurer.
(b) The Party Leader's Allowance shall be used exclusively for party research and publicity, both nationally and locally.
8.3 The accounts of the Party shall be audited annually by an Auditor or firm of Auditors chosen by the Annual Convention for that purpose, and presented to Convention in a Financial Report, which shall have been circulated in advance, according to Rules and Procedures.
(a) The National Convention shall elect three Trustees who shall take up office upon such conditions as to tenure as may be determined by the National Council.
(b) The property and assets of the Party shall vest in the Trustees on their appointment for the period of such appointment and, in the application of such property and assets, the Trustees shall be subject to, and comply with, directions of the National Council. In the event of the Trustees or any of them refusing to comply with such directions the National Council shall be entitled to remove said trustees or any of them from the office of trustee of the Party.
(c) Where property is held by a Regional Group, Constituency Group or Local Group such property shall vest in Trustees appointed by the relevant group who shall be elected in accordance with the relevant group's rules and procedures and who shall hold such property on such terms and subject to such conditions as may be imposed by the relevant group or council.
8.5 National Trustees shall receive agendas and minutes of the National Council, and may attend meetings where financial matters are on the agenda.
8.6 Regional and Constituency Trustees, where these exist, shall receive relevant agendas and minutes, and may attend relevant meetings where financial matters are discussed.
9. PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES
9.1 A Selection Meeting shall be called by the Local Group if it covers the entire electoral area concerned. If it does not, then it shall be called by the Constituency Group. If neither covers the entire electoral area concerned, it shall be called by the National Council.
9.2 The procedure, timetable and basis of representation for the selection of Party candidates shall be subject to Rules and Procedures.
9.3 Any Party member wishing to stand as a candidate for the Party in a constituency where there is no Constituency or Regional group of the Party must have been approved by resolution of National Council, which may lay down such conditions as it sees fit.
9.4 The National Council may add a candidate for acceptance at selection meetings, or reject a candidate supported locally. A candidate so rejected may have recourse to the Appeals Committee. The procedures of the Appeals Committee shall conform to the principles of natural justice and the decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final. Specific reasons in writing must be given by the National Council to the Constituency Group(s) for rejection of a selected candidate.
9.5 Election candidates standing for the Party must be members of the Party not in their probationary period.
9.6 Public Representatives if and when elected shall be accountable to the Party directly at Local, Constituency, Regional or National level whichever is appropriate to their electoral standing, through Standing Committee representation at National Convention, and at National Council.
9.6.1 Public Representatives should where possible live in, work in, or have some other relevant connection with the Constituencies which they represent.
9.6.2 Public representatives shall accept briefings from Policy Development Group convenors regarding Party policy, and shall make use of the latter in support of press conferences and other public events where relevant and feasible.
9.6.3 A public representative should demonstrate appropriate ideals by his/her style of life as well as by the spoken word.
9.6.4 In clear matters of conscience, an elected representative who is at variance with Party policy previously agreed upon shall be free, with the assent of the National Council, to abstain on that issue. He/she shall be free to express his/her personal views while stressing the Party position.
9.6.5 In matters of strategy, such as agreements with other parties, elected representatives shall follow the decisions of the National Council, except as covered by section 5.8.2.
9.6.6. Elected representatives shall be expected to adhere to all agreements reached , and to behave themselves in a manner becoming of a PPPP Party elected representative. Failure to abide by PPPP Party procedures shall result in losing all party privileges, for a specific period, this shall include de-selection as a Party Candidate for the next election. Such losses of privileges shall be dealt with as a suspension or deprivation of office in accordance with section 4.5.
9.6.7 An PPPP Party representative shall be required to remit whatever portion of his/her remuneration to Party funds as is decided beforehand by Convention in the Budget Resolution, subject to the principle of equity and opposition to careerism and political profiteering. A Pledge shall be signed to this effect on adoption as candidate, as drafted by the General Secretary and approved by the National Council.
9.6.8 An PPPP Party public representative shall not accept personally any money, gifts or benefits in kind in connection with his/her political work.
10. REVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND STANDING ORDERS
10.1 This constitution shall be subject to amendment at National Conventions, by consensus or, in its absence, by two-thirds majority of delegates present and voting.
10.2 Convention Rules and Procedures must provide for proposed Constitutional amendments to be made available for consideration by all Constituency Groups, associated Local Groups where these exist, and Regional Groups, in advance.
10.3 All bodies within the Party may initially adopt their own Standing Orders, Rules and Procedures, keeping the National Council informed. When specific Rules, Procedures or Standing Orders are adopted by Convention, they will become binding. Standing Orders, Rules and Procedures that have been previously in use shall remain in force under this Constitution to the extent that they are compatible with it, until explicitly revised. The Rules and Procedures referred to anywhere in this Constitution shall be the Rules and Procedures adopted by Convention or National Council and, to the extent that such Rules and Procedures are silent, the Rules and Procedures adopted by the appropriate body within the Party and, to the extent that these are silent also, the Rules and Procedures previously in use insofar as they are compatible with this Constitution.
10.4 Amendments to Standing Orders, Rules and Procedures may be introduced in the form of Convention or National Council resolutions.
10.5 The National Council shall interpret the terms of this Constitution, all Standing Orders and Rules and Procedures in operation within the Party, and any interpretation given by the National Council shall be final and binding on the membership of the Party unless and until same is overruled by National Convention. In this context the National Convention, if properly requested to do so under Standing Orders and/or Rules and Procedures adopted for the conduct of National Council or National Convention meetings, may overrule any interpretation given by the National Council and thenceforth the interpretation given by National Convention shall prevail; provided always that nothing in this clause shall invalidate or be deemed to invalidate the interpretation of the Constitution, Standing Orders or Rules and Procedures given by the National Council or any action taken by any member of the Party in compliance with that interpretation up to the time of the overruling decision of National Convention.
11. OPERATIVE DATE
This Constitution shall come into full force and effect on 1 January 2010 (hereinafter called the 'Operative Date') at the conclusion of the proceedings of the Convention at which it is adopted .