I propose that we update NL 12-1 STV Quota Bill to specifically state that candidates for uncontested RA seats may be acclaimed into office and that in the event that there are not enough declared candidates to fill all available seats, the SC will hold one by-election in an attempt to fill any seats that remain open. Similarly, I propose that CDSL 13-05 Chancellor Election Act be updated to state than an uncontested candidate may be acclaimed into office. The full text of the current laws is below, with proposed updates in blue.
Some additional housekeeping: CDSL 13-05 notes that, "This bill is null and void if the Chancellor Direct Election Constitutional Amendment Act is not passed.". This has in fact passed, there is active code CDSL 13-04 Chancellor Direct Election Constitutional Amendment Act. This reference in CDSL 13-05 may be deleted and is marked in red.
NL12-1 STV Quota Bill
The CDS Constitution specifies that the electoral system will use the Single Transferable Vote method to allocate seats to the Representative Assembly following an election. The CDS will use the ‘Droop quota’ to determine the minimum number of votes a candidate needs in order to be elected.
Droop quota is understood to mean: without the decimal part.
In the event that the number of declared candidates for the Representative Assembly is equal to the number of seats, the declared candidates shall be acclaimed into office without a campaign period or polling.
In a case where the number of candidates declared for the Representative Assembly is less than the number of seats, the Scientific Council may call for a by-election in an attempt to fill any available seat(s). Seats that remain open after one by-election shall remain vacant for the balance of the term.
CDSL 13-05 Chancellor Election Act
- Chancellors are elected for a 6-month term and can hold at most two terms in succession.
- Chancellor terms start simultaneously with the Representative Assembly terms.
- Any citizen may become a candidate by declaring themselves by a message to the Dean of the Scientific Council, two weeks before the voting booths open. On the next day, all applicants will be listed by the Dean of the Scientific Council, and campaigning begins one week before the voting booths open. Elections shall be held over a 168 hour period beginning at noon SLT on the Saturday before the 16th of the month prior to the new Chancellor taking office. In the event of a server outage which prevents citizens from casting ballots and which lasts more than 12 hours, the Dean of the Scientific Council has the authority to adjust or extend the election schedule.
- In the event that there is only one declared candidate for Chancellor, the declared candidate shall be acclaimed into office without a campaign period or polling.
- In case the Chancellor leaves office or is removed from it mid-term, a special Chancellor by-election will be called for by the Scientific Council which will open new applications on the day notice was given and close applications after a week.
- Voting methodology will follow the same method as for the Representative Assembly election or Single-Transfer Vote if the current method for the Representative Aseembly election does not work for single candidate elections.
- This bill is null and void if the Chancellor Direct Election Constitutional Amendment Act is not passed.
- Any other legislation applicable to candidate eligibility and elections in general will also apply to the Chancellor election.
- In the event that the elected Chancellor resigns after less than half the term, a citizen who fills that term will be limited to that term plus one additional term.