Constitution of the Green Party Taiwan | Asia Pacific Greens

Constitution of the Green Party Taiwan

The Constitution of the Green Party Taiwan, consisting in 25 articles, came into effect on 25 January 1996.

Amendments:

May 1996: Article 1

23 June 1996: Articles 2 and 25

25 February 2006: Articles 3, 5, 6, and 9 to 25

5 March 2011: Articles 1, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15

4 March 2012: Articles 12 and 15

31 January 2015: Articles 4 and 14


Chapter One: General Principles


  • Article 1

This party is named「綠黨」in Hanji Chinese and “Green Party Taiwan” in English, hereinafter referred to as “this party”.


  • Article 2

This party is a political party established in accordance with the law, with a mandate of promoting social and political reform in Taiwan and upholding the ideals of ecological principles in order to establish a new country.


  • Article 3

In support of our mandate this party undertakes to:

  1. Work to advance all sectors of society’s attention to and support for green political ideals.

  2. Work to advance friendship, exchanges and cooperation between domestic and foreign green political organizations.

  3. Research into law and policy that promote green political ideals.

  4. Organize events for the growth of membership, education and other matters that are designed to help with the overall development of this party.

  5. Publish materials that promote ecological and green ideologies.

  6. Promote other matters that are beneficial to the development of green political ideals.

  7. Promote persons to run for political positions or public offices.


Chapter 2: Membership


  • Article 4

Any person of fourteen years of age who agrees with the guiding principles of this party, who is not a member of an other party and who agrees to follow the provisions of this party’s constitution, may apply for membership in this party. Details for party membership shall be set out in other regulations. If a person already belonging to an other party becomes a member of this party, he or she has two weeks to either withdraw from the other party or from this party. This requirement shall not apply in situations where this party has made a decision to participate in a coalition for the purpose of participating in elections.


  • Article 5

The duties of party members are as follows:

  1. Observe this party’s constitution.

  2. Promote this party’s guiding principles.

  3. Join at least one local party branch or issue-oriented branch and participate in other activities of this party.

  4. Introduce outstanding people to join the Green Party Taiwan.

  5. Pay membership dues. If a member do not pay the membership dues for two years, it shall be considered that this person withdrew from this party.


  • Article 6

Members have the following rights:

  1. Vote, run for office and initiate recalls in accordance with this party’s constitution and regulations.

  2. Speak, initiate and vote in internal meetings of this party.

  3. Be nominated and supported by this party.

  4. Make suggestions, report infractions and obtain information in regards to party affairs.

  5. Participate in the activities of this party.

  6. Enjoy benefits provided by this party.


  • Article 7

At any time a member may withdraw from this party by submitting a written statement to his or her branch’s executive committee. Reinstatement of a person who has withdrawn from this party shall be reported to and approved by the central party.


Chapter 3: Organization


  • Article 8

The organizational operations of this party shall be run democratically:

  1. Organizational decisions shall in principle be made by majority vote, but important decisions shall be approved by two thirds of persons in attendance to be adopted.

  2. Higher level organizations shall have representation from lower level organizations.

  3. The executive committee members and the supervisory committee members have the duty to make regular reports to the organization.

  4. All executive committee members, supervisory committee members and representatives at all levels shall be elected by ballot voting.


  • Article 9

The plenary meeting is the highest organ of this party; the executive committee is this party’s executive organ and the supervisory committee is this party’s supervisory organ.

This party may establish local party branches and issue-oriented branches to deal with specific issues, and may form caucuses in representative assemblies at all levels of government. Details for the establishment of issue-oriented branches and caucuses shall be set out in other regulations.

When the number of members exceeds five hundred, a committee of representatives shall be established as the highest organ of this party. Details for the establishment of the committee of representatives shall be set out in other regulations.


Chapter 4: National Plenary Meeting


  • Article 10

The national plenary meeting is the highest organ within this party and shall be convened once a year by the central executive committee.

When necessary, the central executive committee can convene an additional plenary meeting given that the following documents are provided:

  1. Decision of the central executive committee.

  2. Decision of the central supervisory committee.

  3. Written support from three or more branches.

During a normal national plenary meeting, only the members who have already paid their membership dues for the current year can vote and run for election.


  • Article 11

The powers of the national plenary meeting are as follows:

  1. Amend this party’s constitution.

  2. Adopt this party’s guiding principles.

  3. Hear and deliberate on working reports from the central executive committee, central supervisory committee or any other caucus.

  4. Receive and decide on proposals.

  5. Elect and recall conveners and members of the central executive and supervisory committees.


Chapter 5: Central Party


  • Article 12

The central executive committee shall have seven to fifteen members and three members in line, all such members shall be directly elected by the national plenary meeting for a term of two years that can be renewed once. The members of the central executive committee shall elect from themselves two co-conveners, one male and one female, who will serve a two-year term, renewable once.


  • Article 13

The powers of the central executive committee are as follows:

  1. Execute the decisions of the national plenary meeting.

  2. Enact internal rules of this party.

  3. Budget and approve final accounts.

  4. Decide on important personnel matters.

  5. Propose rewards and punishments.

  6. Supervise local party and issue-oriented branches’ affairs.


  • Article 14

The central executive committee shall meet at least one time every two months and the executive committee shall make decisions by consensus. The minutes of the executive committee’s meetings shall be made available to all party members.

When not in session, and in order to meet urgent needs, the central executive committee may propose, discuss and decide party matters by email. The effect of such matters is identical to those decided at meetings and shall be made public to party members.

Members of the central executive committee shall share the responsibility for soliciting donations to this party and for recruiting members to work for this party.

When a member of the executive committee has failed to request to be excused from a meeting and is absent without reason for two times or more, or when he or she does not participate in the discussions about this party’s affairs and in the division of labor process for a long time, the central supervisory committee can, after deliberation, terminate this member’s rights and replace him or her by a member in line.


  • Article 15

The central supervisory committee shall have three to five members and two members in line, all such members shall be directly elected by the national plenary meeting. The members of the supervisory committee shall elect from themselves a convener who will serve a two-year term, renewable once.


  • Article 16

The powers of the central supervisory committee are as follows:

  1. Supervise the central executive committee’s execution of party work.

  2. Review this party’s internal rules and budgets after their adoption.

  3. Review this party’s final accounts.

  4. Decide matters concerning rewards and punishments of party members and party organs at all levels.

  5. Interpret this party’s constitution and all related regulations in matters concerning rewards and punishments of party members and party organs at all levels.


  • Article 17

The central party shall have a secretary-general and two deputies, to be nominated by the conveners and approved by the central executive committee. The term of the secretary-general and his or her deputies shall correspond to that of the nominating conveners. Details for the organization of the central party shall be set out in other regulations.


Chapter 6: Rewards and Punishments


  • Article 18

Party members and persons having status within any organ of this party may freely discuss and criticize this party’s line, strategies, guiding principles, policies as well as the words and actions of major party cadres, provided this is limited to matters related to issues of the day or issues in the public interest, and provided further on the conditions that it is not done for the purpose of assailing another’s personality or invading their privacy, and does not involve bias or prejudice.


  • Article 19

The central party may publicly censure, cancel or revoke decisions or acts at any level of this party where such acts violate this constitution or this party’s guiding principles.

If a party member’s conduct violates this party’s constitution or resolutions, or injures this party’s reputation, depending on the seriousness of the matter, this party may take the following measures: warning, public censure, termination of rights or expulsion.

This party shall encourage and reward activities of party organs at all levels or words and conduct of party members that constitute an obvious and positive contribution to this party.

Details of the reward and punishment systems of this party shall be set out in other regulations.


  • Article 20

Matters concerning the reward and punishment of party members and all organs within this party shall be proposed by the central executive committee and deliberated and decided upon by the central supervisory committee.


Chapter 7: Finances


  • Article 21

Funding for this party shall come from 1) membership dues, 2) donations, and 3) other sources.

Details for party membership dues shall be set out in other regulations.


Chapter 8 Supplementary Provisions


  • Article 22

In each executive committee, supervisory committee and among this party’s nominees for any public office, the representation of one gender shall not exceed two thirds.

Details for the nomination of persons to represent this party in elections shall be set out in other regulations.


  • Article 23

Enactment and amendment of this constitution shall be effective only after a national plenary meeting at which more than half of this party’s members are present, and where agreed upon by two thirds or more of those present.


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