Nepali Greens Constitution

Preamble

Nepal is regarded as a sovereign state with an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million. Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Nepal has a rich natural, cultural, linguistic climate, diversity. The elections for the constituent assembly on May 28, 2008 overwhelmingly favored the abdication of the Nepali monarch and the establishment of a federal multiparty representative democratic republic. Nepal has been officially declared as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

For years, Nepal’s failure to develop was linked to the geographical constraint of being a land-locked nation. Now, despite immense potentials to raise the living standards of the people through socio-economic development, the state is locked in political battles and has been unable to give adequate attention to environment conservation, sustainable economic growth and good, environmental and democratic governance.  Although all the major political parties—the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and Madhesh-based parties—rode the wave of political reforms and democracy in order to attain power, these parties have failed to deliver sustainable economic development and maintain peace and stability in the country despite the enormous resources and potentialities the country has.

Nepali Greens has come into existence with the initiative of Nepalese young people with a mission of “Environment Conservation, Sustainable Development and Peace” through GED (Good, Environmental and Democratic) governance.

Nepali Greens has made a commitment to devote on the above-mentioned mission by following the “GED governance” principles and “Nepali Green Revolution” conceived and developed by the Chief Founder/President of Nepali Greens Mr. B K Dalit.

Nepali Greens is committed to conserve natural and cultural resources and the development of sustainable and peaceful society by respecting and protecting the rights of the Mother Nature, living beings including human being.

Nepali Greens is committed to green and democratic ideologies and principles, and moves ahead as per the norms and values of the green and democratic ideology.

Nepali Greens respects and is committed to “Global Greens Charter”, adopted by consensus at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra in 2001.


1. Name:

1.1 Party's name is " Nepali Greens".

1.2 Nepali Greens functions in accordance with this constitution putting "Environment conservation, Sustainable development, and Peace” on the centre stage and Party members must obey this constitution.

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2. Objectives:

The main objectives of this party are

2.1 Establish democratic GREEN GOVERNMENT at grassroots and national level with people as a major source of power and sovereignty

2.2 Liberal Economic Policies

2.3 Conservation of natural and cultural resources and its wise utilization

2.4 Eradicate discrimination based on caste, creed, gender, language, religion, political ideology, socio-economic status

2.5 Respect and protect the rights of Mother Nature and all living beings including human being

2.6 Respect freedom of press, speech, and expression

2.7 Respect and fight for gender equality and rights to women

2.8 Respect and fight for the rights of children, youth, and elder citizens

2.9Struggle for decentralization of power, authorities, and resources on equitable and democratic ways

2.10 Maintain Religious harmony

2.11 Struggle for a world without nuclear weapons and technology

2.12 Development of new foreign policy based on national and environmental interest and security, mutual understanding and cooperation, non-alignment, settlement of conflicts through peaceful means.

2.13 Struggle for the development of constitution putting environment, development, and peace at the centre stage

2.14 Struggle for the development of country free from environmental degradation and corruption-based on the principle of environmental governance and good governance

2.15 Struggle for the development of Nepal as a “Zone of Peace” in the world

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3. Party's Flag:

Nepali Greens has flag as per the official approval by the Election Commission of Nepal

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4. Party's election symbol:

The party's election symbol is an apple which will be changed as per the decision of the Election Commission.

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5. Office:

Party's headquarters will be located at Chabahil, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and district chapter will be set up in 75 districts and VDC Chapter in 3915 VDCs

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6. Membership:

Membership can be granted to qualified Nepalese citizen above the age of 14 as per the constitution of the party, who express their faith to this constitution and wish to work in accordance with the constitution, have paid their membership fees.


      A) Honorable Advisory Member:

Party can enroll Honorable Advisory Member to those who have expertise on the areas of interest and provide proper advice to the party


       B) Member:

Party can grant Member status to any devoted and committed individual on green politics and pay membership fees of Rs 15.00/month. Membership dues can be paid yearly, bi-yearly or as a lump sum.

      C) Honorable Donor Member:

Party can grant Honorable Donor Member status to those who donate at least Rs. 500.00 per month to the party.


6.1 The duration of the membership status will be from one National Green Congress to another Congress for a period of four years

6.2 Central Executive Committee can decide and ask members to donate not exceeding 3% of their income to help the party. Central Executive Committee can waive, as deemed appropriate, membership dues or other dues if members apply for waivers on grounds of financial incapacity.

6.3. End of Membership

A) If resignation is tendered to the Central Executive Committee

B) Acts against the interest of the party

C) Involvement in acts that degrades members' moral character

D) Misuse of party's resources

E) Enable to work for the party

F) End of membership tenure

G) Violation of party’s code of conduct

H) The membership can be suspended as per the decision of Central Executive Committee

6.4 The President can also suspend the membership if he/she finds that the members are acting against the norms of the party after the written complain of more than 75% of CEC members along with the evidences of working against the party constitution.

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7. President:

7.1 President must demonstrate himself/herself as a role model for others, show commitment to green and democratic values and norms, works to maintain cordial relationship between the party members, encourages cooperation between members and struggle to move the party ahead as per the principles and philosophy of the party.

7.2 The President will take the main lead of the party units/departments, and encourage the coordinators and members of the units/departments for effective and efficient functioning

7.3 The President will work for building good relationship with the international partners and garner necessary support for the green and democratic cause.

7.4 The President will work for the management of resources to run the party and its campaigns in coordination with the concerned unit/department related to resources management

7.5 The President will coordinate and manage unit's funds through the treasurer.

7.6 The President will ask the concerned unit/department related to finance to maintain the Accounts and gets it audited as per the direction of Central Executive Committee.

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8. District Chapter:

8.1 District Chapter will be formed in each district. The Central Executive Committee will officially give final assent and administer the oath of office to the Member Secretary of the District Chapter after he/she is elected by the 24 District Chapter Executive Members and members within the district. The Member Secretary will work as the Chief Coordinator/Manager of the District Chapter.

The core members of District Chapter are the Member Secretary and 24 District Chapter Executive Members and members within the district.

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9. Work and duties of District Chapter:

9.1 To lead the party activities at district level and act as a pool of information sharing between the Central Executive Committee and the District

9.2 Engage in the welfare of people, environmental conservation, supporting people on community development

9.3 Work as per the instruction of Party’s Central Executive Committee.

9.4 Maintain the financial and accounting records and submit to the concerned units/departments of the party in time

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10. Village Chapter:

10.1 Village Chapter will be formed at village level. The District Chapter Executive Members will officially give final assent and administer the oath of office to the Village Secretary of the village chapter after he/she is elected by the 24 Vullage Chapter Executive Members and members within the village. The Village Secretary will work as the Chief Coordinator/Manager of the Village Chapter.

The core members of village Chapter are the Village Secretary and 24 Village Chapter Executive Members and members within the village.

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11. Work and duties of District Chapter:

11.1 To lead the party at the village level and act as a pool of information sharing between the District Chapter and the village

11.2 Engage in the welfare of people, environmental conservation, supporting people on village development

11.3 Work as per the instruction of District Chapter.

11.4 Maintain the financial and accounting records and submit to the district Chapter

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12. Formation of the Green National Congress (GNC):

12.1 The Member Secretary from each district chapter will be considered as the only one Representative on behalf of district chapter and Village Secretary from each village chapter will be considered as the only one Representative on behalf of village chapter to Green National Congress. There will be altogether 75 representatives from 75 district chapters and 3915 representatives from 3915 village chapters in the Green National Congress.

11.2 The first Green National Congress will be held within 5 months after the certification and approval of our flag and election symbol. The GNC will be held in every four years.

12.3The Central Executive Committee could nominate delegates, as deemed necessary, to Green National Congress.

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13. Works and duties of Green National Congress:

13.1 Green National Congress is the main top most policy making and decision making body of the party. The Green National Congress consists of delegates/representatives (75 Member Secretary and 3915 Village Secretary) from 75 districts and 3915 VDCs. The resolutions passed by the Green National Congress will be final and is binding to all units/departments, officials and members.

13.2 The Green National Congress is held in every four Years. The Member Secretary on behalf of the District Chapter and Village Chapter both should submit the progress reports of the district and offer recommendation to the Central Executive Committee to discuss in the Green National Congress.

13.3 There should be an advance notice of 3 months for Green National Congress.

13.4 The District Chapter representative/Member Secretary and village chapter/village secretary  should be presence in Green National Congress. The Green National Congress can remove him/her if he/she becomes absent in the Congress without any convincing reasons.

13.5 The final decision on any issues should be taken with the vote of at least 50% delegates in Green National Congress. The President will give final assent to the decision.

13.6 Green National Congress will elect Central Executive Committee not exceeding 25 members.  The Green National Congress will elect the President, Vice President, Chief Secretary, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer, and 19 other Central Executive Committee (CEC) members. The Member Secretary/ district chapter with proven clean characters can be a nominee for the chief posts (President, Vice President, Chief Secretary, Secretary, Joint Secretary, and Treasurer) of the CEC and CEC members.

13.7 Green National Congress will nominate the Advisory Members as a “Think Tank” of the party who will guide the Central Executive Committee.

13.8 Green National Congress will approve the policies and programs of the party submitted by  the Central Executive Committee. The President will submit the activity report on behalf of Central Executive Committee to get it approved.

13.9 The Treasurer on behalf of Central Executive Committee will submit Central Executive Committee's budget for coming years to Green National Congress. The Treasurer presents the accounts on yearly basis to get it passed by the Central Executive Committe. The fiscal year for the party starts from July 16 of the first year to  July 15th of the next year.

13.10 Green National Congress can amend the constitution of the party if necessary.

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14. Central Executive Committee:

14.1 Under the guidance of President, Central Executive Committee functions and manages the works of the party in accordance with the policies and programmes approved by Green National Congress.

14.2 Provides guidance to District Chapter and Units/Departments of the party.

14.3 Provides training to party workers, organize workshop, conference, and enforces the code of conduct of the party.

14.4 Handles the central office in close coordination with the Party Secretariat Members.

If necessary, appoints needed staff by mobilizing the financial and other resources of the party with the help of concerned units/departments coordinator and the treasurer.

14.5 Operates the resources of the party

14.6 Presents audited yearly statements of accounts at the meetings of the Central Executive Committee.

14.7 Generate resources, collects funds like membership dues, donations and financial assistance to operate the party. Decides to waive membership fees if necessary, Assists party's units to keep proper statements of accounts and arranges the audits of their accounts.

14.8 Maintains good relationship with members, national and international organizations and political parties.

14.9 Nominates the candidates for local and parliamentary elections as per the decision of District Chapter and VDC Chapter and make necessary arrangement to send delegates to participate in national and international programs as necessary.

14.10 Carry out proper investigation on received complaints and reports and take decision accordingly

14.11 Sends observers and representatives in districts and village level to conduct elections at different levels.

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15. Work and duties of Party Chief Secretary and other Officials:

15.1 The Party Chief Secretary works in accordance party guidelines and the rights and duties vested to him/her by the President

15.2 The Party Chief Secretary will head the Central Secretariat and run the central office. The central office staff works under the direction of the Party Chief Secretary and follow the prescribed code of conduct.

15.3 Prepares, forms, and enforces party's decisions.

15.4 Keeps party's records, attests the documents, manifestoes and papers.

15.5 Ensures smooth running of units/departments, district chapters and makes visits and instructs them as necessary.

15.6 Disseminate notice and information to the all levels of the party

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16. Work and duties of the Treasurer:

16.1 Treasurer functions in accordance with party's decision and President's direction.

16.2 Play role to keep the record of party's revenues and expenditures.

16.3 Get the accounting records audited as directed by the party.

16.4 Handles cash and bank accounts of the party.

16.5 Presents party's financial programmes, budget and yearly accounts at Central Executive Committee meeting.

16.6 Presents audited reports of his/her term to Central Executive Committee. The treasurer will get party's annual accounts audited and gets it approved from the Central Executive Committee meeting and Green National Congress.

16.7 Instructs party units/departments and district chapters to keep proper records and get the accounts audited.

16.8 Inspects all the units/departments and district chapters regularly under the approval of the Central Executive Committee.

16.9 Gets yearly accounts from all units/departments and district chapters and develops  a descriptive statement of accounts and gets it audited in time.

16.10 Works to avoid the misuse of party's fund and assets

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17. Vote of No Confidence:

Vote of no confidence motion against Central 'Executive Committee member can be brought if two third Green National Congress members request in writing explaining the reason for no confidence motion in accordance with party constitution. The accused will be given one month to defend the case. The Green National Congress will decide on the case as per the rules and regulations of the party. The President will declare the result of the case as per the final decision of the Green National Congress.

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18. Constitution draft

The first drafted date of the constitution is 5th  June 2006

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19. Constitution ratification

The ratified date of the constitution is 5th June 2009

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20. Amendment and Final Assent to the Constitution

The constitution has been first amended on 10th December, 2011. The constitution has been given final assent by President Mr. B K Dalit which was prepared by the Secretariat and Central Executive Committee.


21. Review of Constitution

The constitution has been reviewed on 2nd August 2012(18 Srawan 2069 B.S.) by Central Executive Committee before registering the party in the Election Commission of Nepal.

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22. Approval of the Constitution by Election Commission of Nepal

The constitution of Nepali Greens has been approved by the Election Commission of Nepal on 4th November 2012(2069/7/19 B.S.). Then, Nepali Greens got an official registration certificate from the Election Commission of Nepal.