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PROPOSALS FOR CHANGE IN UNICCO ELECTORAL SYSTEM

 
Posted June 9th 2014

Fees for Individuals who want to Run for Office

The following amount or fees must be paid by each candidate to the Election Commission.

 

President                     $200.00

Vice President              $200.00

Board Chairperson        $200.00

Treasurer                     $150.00

Financial Sect.              $150.00

General Rec. Sect.        $150.00

Chaplain                      &150.00

Parliamentarian            $150.00

Applicants for these  positions must sent in their applications and proof of their qualifications no later than January 1st. The Election Commission shall determine what these qualifications are.

Names of the qualified candidates for the various positions must be sent to all chapters by February 1st. The Commission shall declare March, April and May opened for campaigning.  Candidates who wish to travel from chapter to chapter with their campaign shall be allowed to do so.  Those who want to set up campaign headquarters in various states around the country from chapter to chapter shall be permitted to do so.

Election of UNICCO National Officers

Voting
There should be no voting for National Leaders in UNICCO at the 
Annual Conference.  

All voting must be conducted within
the local chapters at the appropriate
time and places.

Election of National Officers takes place every 2 years. National Officers:

President, Vice President, Board Chairperson, General or Recording Secretary, Treasurer,  Financial Secretary, Chaplain and Parliamentarian.

An Election Commission is set up with 2 co-Election Commissioners, appointed by the Sitting President in November, 6 months before election.  Along with the Commissioners, 5 or 7 persons are appointed to serve on the commission.

The Election Commission sends out notices to all chapters right after the appointment, informing members of UNICCO about the election procedures and the guidelines.  The Commissioner shall also declare the positions that are opened for which qualified candidates are expected to run.  Qualifications, guidelines, duties and responsibilities of the various officers must be announced at such time in December.  All these announcements must be shared with all UNICCO chapters as quickly as possible.


IF UNICCO DOES NOT AMEND ITS CONSTITUTION 
TO INCLUDE A NEW SYSTEM OF VOTING FOR NATIONAL LEADERS LOCALLY IN EVERY CHAPTER IN THE CITIES WHERE THOSE CHAPTERS OPERATE, UNICCO WILL CONTINUE TO BE CORRUPT, INEFFECTIVE, PRONE TO LAW-SUITS AND MOST PEOPLE WILL SEE IT AS A USELESS ORGANIZATION.




HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY:




1. For me, this is absolutely absurd and entirely ludicrous to see well educated people doing one thing over and over again and again for over 30 years and have no appetite for change when this action lends them into civil courts almost every 2 years after each election when they have to pay thousands of dollars for courts' and lawyers' fees. This is beyond comprehension.  Some leaders still want to hold on to this disgraceful and defunct system because of the corruption that is practiced in such system which benefits a few of them.
 
2. At every election, out of state candidates that are running to be president, vice president or hold any major office in the organization, bring bus loads of non UNICCO members they just bribe and pick up from the streets to go vote across state-lines. In one instance, a large multitude of teenagers-under age children were loaded in several big buses from Philadelphia to vote in Georgia for a candidate who lived outside of Georgia.
 
In other instances, like the vote in Maryland, almost all the voters that were bused to the center to vote for certain candidates were not members of the organization, and we have heard from members of that chapter that those voters were not members of the organization and that they did not know any of them and have never seen them at their meetings before and after the election. People just grapped a few members of their ethnic groups and brought them to vote.  People of all walks of life, some were almost in wheel-chair and had never attended UNICCO meetings in their lives and do not even know what the acronym "UNICCO" stands for.  One member of UNICCO calls this behavior "A disgrace" that he tried to put a stop to but was told by the election commissioners to move from the area.  Many UNICCO top officials are still fighting to uphold such corrupt system because they benefit from it. They are not interested in UNITY in UNICCO nor are they interested in doing the right thing.
 
3.   If we continue to vote at the conference, we will continue to disenfranchise our people and deny them the right to vote. We abuse our own members and treat them with contempt and disrespect as if they mean nothing. As if to say, we only need their money, but we do not need their votes and their presence.  Only people with money can vote in UNICCO elections. If you cannot travel long distance across the country from home, you cannot vote.  If you have no money to pay for hotel, buy food, and pay hundreds of dollars to fly, take a bus, rent a car, use your own car, or travel by train, you cannot go to any conference to vote. No one will care if you are sick, babysitting, taking care of a sick family member, just had a baby, just had an operation, or your child died, or you just have job commitment and have to work your shift, no one cares for that. They do not need your vote, they need your money. I see no rationale, no tangible reasons or logical basis or explanation for this conference voting. None of those who are championing this decadent and problematic system
has been able to write a defense or point out clear reason why they want to hold on to what is the main sore point of UNICCO's problems root causes.


4.  If we keep this conference voting, we will never know how many registered voters we actually have in the organization and how many members make up the organization.  The voting in every city will allow us to actually know how many members we have in UNICCO across the country.
 
5.  If we hold on to this crazy Conference voting, we will never have a constitution that is professionally done and printed into real book that we can hold on to for many years as we did with A Kee Zi and our  First 15 years of UNICCO History, Liberia Facing Mount Nimba.  The UNICCO constitution will be preserved on the network, no doubt, but not everyone has a computer. And no one will ever own a copy of the constitution as a source of reference in a compiled volume. Even  with the availability of internet, the USA's constitution is preserved and secured in a form of Books of Constitution.  Liberia's constitution can be found online, but it also is compiled into Volumes of books.  Ours can be done the same only and only if ourpeople are no anti-change. For fear of change, our constitution will be loose leafs and flying sheets in folders for those who have no access to the internet. You cannot refer to it easily if you do not have a labtop or a copy in a book form to take to meetings and conference as your source of reference.
 
UNICCO officers and some members do not want to do the right thing because they think they are hurting someone out there if they do the right thing.  The fact is, we are only hurting the organization and its members who need access and availability to UNICCO's constitution.  No one seems to care about the end-result of this insanity and ludicrousness. As Santayana says, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  Now that the election time is nearing, some of us are beginning to wonder, which legal magistracy  or which court of law will we be heading to next year after the election?
 
PLEASE DO NOT CALL ME TO BE ON YOUR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE.
I am no longer interested in wasting my time over stupidity that can be avoidable and sipped in the bud if we are serious.
 
 Count me out on that peace and reconciliation committee to settle election disputes.
 
That will be a self-inflicted crisis invoked out of INSANITY and lack of understanding. If you do one thing for 30 or more years and you have no good result, always sending you to the judgment hall,  change your methodology.  Change your strategies and change your 
MODUS OPERANDI. 
 
 
 Nya Kwiawon Taryor
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Election Guidelines for each Chapter

Numbers of Persons on the Local/National Election Committee

Each chapter must have at least 5 persons on its Local/National Election Committee.  One of those five persons shall be elected or appointed as the Chairperson of the Committee.

Duties of the Local/National Election Committee

The Local/National Election Committee shall draw up a list of all qualified voters Registration.  This list must consist of UNICCO local members who are current on their due payments, age requirement and have met with all financial and attendance requirement within their chapter.  Minimum age for voting shall be 16 years of age, male and female.

The qualifications of each National Candidate must be spelled out clearly by the Local/National Election Committee to all local voters.  This will enable the voters to have a better knowledge about the persons for whom they are voting.

Each qualified voter must pay a voters registration fee of $10.00 in order to register to vote.  One person, one vote.

Voting within the local chapter shall be by either the show of hands or by a secret ballot.  Voting must take place in the month of May on a specified date as shall be designated by the National Election Commission or by the Local Chapter.   Absentee ballots are permitted in the election only if the absentee ballots are brought in at the time and place of the election within the local chapter.  

National Election Results within a local chapter must be approved by the Chapter and signed by the chairperson of the chapter and the Local/National Election Committee.

The list of qualified voters along with the voting result must be notarized by a valid Notary Public of the city in which the election took place.

The qualified  (1) list of voters, the (2) election results and the  (3) amount collected during the election as voters registration fees, must be sealed in an envelope and hand delivered to the National Election Commission at the Conference by the Chairperson of the Local/National Election Committee or a designated member of the chapter who is attending the National Conference.  This must be done on the first day of conference.

The voters registration list may not always be the same as the number of voters.  While it is possible to have a longer list of persons who are qualified voters, the list of the actual voters may be less than the total number of names on the voters registration list.  However, the actual number of persons on the voters registration list multiplied by $10.00 should equal the total amount that is brought to the conference.  

For example, let us say that in Rhode Island, there are 75 members who qualified to vote and have registered as voters, each person paying $10.00 for voters registration fee.  On the day of election, there may be only 60 persons who came to vote.  But the remaining 15 persons decided to stay home and not send in voters absentee ballots.  Nevertheless, the amount of votes from Rhode must equal to 60 votes, but the amount of money to be reported to the National Election Commission should be $750.00.  That is, 75 X $10.00 = $750.00.  Those who actually voted should never be more than the number of persons listed on the voters registration list.

All the election registration fees that are taken to the conference must be in a form of a check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to the National UNICCO Organization.  No cash transaction shall take place as far as the voters’ registration fees are concern and no personal checks will be accepted.

There shall be No Voting for National Leaders of UNICCO at the Conference.  All voting must take place within the local chapters around the country before the day of the National Conference or National Convention in May.

Tallying Voting Results at the Conference

At the Conference, the Local/National Election Committee members of all chapters will be represented by at least two members.  Their responsibilities shall include but not limited to: helping the National Election Commission count the ballots and money that have been brought to the conference from all the local chapters.   All local chapters will be represented at the tallying of the election result and the counting of the voters registration fees from the various UNICCO Chapters.

At the last day of the Conference, the result of the election and the money collected for voters registration shall be announced.

Absentee of the Entire Chapter Members at the Conference, what to do about Vote Results, Voters Registration List and Voters Registration Fees?

In a situation where no member of a particular chapter is represented by any person at the conference during a voting year for National Leaders, the Local/National Election Committee of that local chapter is required to mail the result of the list of voters, voters registration and total fund collected for the voters registration to the National Election Commissioner far in advance of the conference date so that the commission will be in possession of it when he or she (Commissioner) comes to the conference.  The result of the votes and the voters registration list must be signed by the local chairperson and the chairperson of the Local/National Election Committee and must be Notarized by a valid Notary Public of the City where the election was conducted.

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REASONS WHY UNICCO ELECTION FOR NATIONAL LEADERS
MUST BE CONDUCTED IN THE
VARIOUS CHAPTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY INSTEAD OF
BEING CONDUCTED AT THE CONFERENCE

Because of the enormity of our membership growth and the disenfranchisement, election results disagreement some people call, “Election Fraud” and protest issues that continue to dog us after every election, I am proposing that UNICCO elections from now on be conducted nationally in each chapter around the country instead of using the conference time for conducting election.  It is estimated that there are over 10,000 (ten thousand) Nimbaians in the USA.  All these people are not active UNICCO members. We do not know how many active members there are. Through this new system, we will collect an almost accurate record from each chapter how many active UNICCO members there are in the USA from our voters’ registration lists. Voting at the conference could not solve such problem or give us any reasonable estimate of how many qualified due paying members there are in the country.

In this new system that I am proposing, several good things will be accomplished.

1.      Everyone that is qualified to vote for national leaders in UNICCO will have the chance to do so.  Voting should be a right for all UNICCO members and not a privilege for just those who can afford to travel to conference site to vote.

2.     No one individual will have to leave home to go to another state in order to vote. We will all vote in the city we live in where our UNICCO chapter is located.

3.     No one will have to take busloads of people from his or her state across state lines 

        carrying voters to vote for a candidate.

4.     Voting will be free and fair. The majority of our people will actually have the chance to vote for their leaders.  Voting will not be restricted to just a few persons who have the money and time to travel to another state to vote for a candidate. Out of 10,000 people, if only 200 or 300 people cast their votes for the leaders of an organization, leaving out the votes of 9,700 (nine thousand seven hundred) people without voting, will be very unfair and unjust. Voting for one’s leaders is a right not a privilege. If educated people in the USA disenfranchise their own people here in the US, no telling what they will do to those in the villages in Liberia that are not educated. We do not want to be guilty of this kind of political and human rights abuse.

5.     The organization will receive more money through this process then they have ever received through voters registration fees which were paid by only a few persons who went to the conference to vote. Every qualified due paying UNICCO member  in the USA will register with the fee of $10 and that money will go into the National UNICCO account—300 X $10 =$3,000 but   9,700 X $10 =   $97,000. Even if the number of qualified due paying members is only 4000 people, each person paying $10, we end up earning $40,000 dollars as compared to $3,000 received at the conference paid by those who can afford to go to the conference.

6.     This system will enable us to truly know how many qualified UNICCO voters we have in the country if all the chapters can participate in the process.

7.     Whoever are elected by our people, will be truly elected by popular vote by majority of our people, not just by a few privileged persons.  This will eliminate much of the after election protests we have seen in the passed few years.

8.      This system will free the conference time and allow ample time for members to discuss, dialogue or debate the very important issues we face at such time.  Whenever there are elections taking place at the conference, we do not have enough time for any other meaningful discussion. People go to the conference not mainly because to vote, they go because they want to fellowship with each other.  They go because they want to get together with friends, relatives and other NIMBA people. People go to the conference because they want to meet new people. They go because they want to discuss important matters relating to UNICCO and Nimba County. When we take the vote away from the conference site, we will have more time to do the other most important things we need to do at the conference.

9.      The new system of voting at home in our local chapters will not cost the organization any money.  It will earn money for the organization and the organization will not have to pay any money to conduct such election around the country.  Most of the training, coordinating, educating voters and committee members in all the chapters will talk place by phone and internet network. All forms will be sent to each chapter by way of the internet, email and each chapter leaders will print out the forms to be distributed to the members.  (no purchases, no traveling expense and no money used for lodging, food or travel. Most of the work will be done from our computers in the comfort of our homes).  Each local chapter will be responsible for conducting the election in their own city or town or state.  Now if the candidates want to travel from state to state to campaign, they have the right to do so at their own expense. National UNICCO does not underwrite such expense each candidate is responsible for his or her own campaign funds.

10.     In this new system, no due paying member or active member of UNICCO will be disenfranchised because he or she did not go to the conference to vote.  We will all vote for who we believe is qualified to lead us and the choice will be made by majority of our people.

11.     Sometimes people do not attend conference because of some of the following reasons:

a.   the lack of money to travel and insufficient fund to rent a hotel and purchase food while at the conference 

         b.   inflexible working schedule

         c.   baby sitting, or staying home to care for a sick relative or family member 

            d.   already planned, prior commitments that are in conflict with conference      schedule

        e.   Sickness or disability to travel

         f.   unexpected emergencies

         g.   plans for travel or already traveling at the time of conference

         h.   all the above and many more legitimate reasons not listed here debar people from going to the conference to vote.

12.    This new system will ensure transparency and eliminate corruption, cheating and unwanted waste of money and time. Moreover, the system will be a welcome source for generating thousands of dollars if each qualified voter all over the country pays the minimum of only $10.00 for registration fee.

13.    From January to May, if we endorse this system, we will have enough time to do the right thing.  But if we wait until February, March, or April and say no, we do not have time, then we would have failed ourselves.  Going back to the old system of conference voting is not an option because we will generate the same old problems of unfairness, cheating, carrying voters across state lines, and manipulating the system to get into power. We have out lived the system of voting at the conference. We framed the constitution, and I know what I am talking about.  That system has outlived its usefulness and it no longer serves our purpose.  


Pitfalls of Election at Conference

In years passed, UNICCO elections for National UNICCO leaders and the installation program took place on the same day at the conference because the constitution mandated it.  The Constitution that was Co-chaired by Dr. Marcus S. Dahn and J. Doaker Mongrue (Members: G. Moses Duopu, Johnny W. Kpor, and Karen Dahn) stated:

                ELECTIONS



         The original source of this information

Election of officers shall be held as the last item of business on the last day of the Annual General Conference. Winners are declared by a majority vote of those members in attendance. Swearing in of new officers is held immediately prior to final adjournment.

                                     Article IV of the 1981 Constitution[1]

After 8 years of this system, we decided that our installation should be done at another conference instead of doing it on the same day of the election.  By setting another date for the installation will enable us again to meet, raise money and have more time to fellowship.

In 1989 the constitution was revised to reflect the new idea to enable us to do other creative things during the Thanksgiving weekend.   As the system needed changes, so we too were receptive of those changes because those changes enhanced our organization. When a system no longer serves us adequately, or when we outgrow a system, we need for construct another one that is contextual, and relevant for us.

INSTALLATION

 

A formal installation ceremony shall be held as the second part of the program during the General Assembly meeting on the Thanksgiving Weekend in November, at which time all remaining documents shall be turned over to the administration.

                     Article V  Section 5 of the 1989 Constitution[2]

The Pitfalls of our Present System

In light of the above, I believe that the electoral system we have is no longer relevant for us.  It has too many pitfalls.  The system needs to be fixed or changed so that the organization can advance.  Here are the issues:


1.  Our membership has grown too large that we cannot all go to the conference to conduct election. Because of the large number of our membership that cannot go to the conference, the relatively few persons that attend the conference and vote for the leaders do not represent the majority of our population that are hard working, faithful, and qualified due paying members. Therefore in this process, we disenfranchise our members.  When voting becomes a privilege rather then a right because those who are privileged and have money and the time to travel to the conference are the only people who can vote, then this is a pitfall.  While it is true that this was the acceptable thing to do when the organization was newly founded, our continuous growth has made the present system obsolete. We therefore, need to change the system.

2.  Our constitution needs to be amended to reflect a change of the system to one that appropriately and adequately serves our situation.  And that is to transition from the conference voting to a nationwide voting on location within the various chapters of the organization. We do not serve the constitution, the constitution serves us.  If we are not willing to amend the venue clause of the 1989 constitution, then the constitution itself has become our pitfall and a stumbling block to progress.

3.  The present system or constitution does not prohibit candidates from transporting voters by the busloads to go across state lines to vote for candidates of their choice. In a lot of instances, most of the transported voters are not registered voters nor are they due paying members of the organization.  In some cases, the transported voters may be under age children that were collected from the streets to go to vote.   So long they have their $10 or $5 or even $50 to pay at the door, (as in the case with the 2014 voting in Silver Spring, Maryland) they  are considered qualified and legitimate voters.  This is wrong.  This is one of the pitfalls of the system. Only those who are regular due paying members who meet the age requirement and all other requirements set by the local chapter for membership should be allowed to vote, not any “Joe Bloe” from the streets.

4.  Under the present system, the candidate that resides in the town or city where the conference is taking place has the advantage of winning the election because almost all the members of that chapter may be present at the election, and they can easily vote for their member who is a candidate for a position on the National Level.    For example, Luogun Gungbay from Providence, Rhode Island who is running to be a president of the organization will have the advantage over all the other candidates if the conference is taking place in Providence, Rhode Island. Luogun can easily influence all the Rhode Islanders to vote for him and since almost every member of the Rhode Island chapter will be present at the conference, Luogun will have an unfair advantage.  Martha Sunshine from Arizona who is also running to be a president could not bring all her members from Arizona to vote for her in Providence, Rhode Island because of the financial implications involved.  This is an unfair disadvantage for her since it is not even an easy task to take a bus load of people from Arizona to Providence.  Again, this is a pitfall of our present system.

5.  From 1989 till today, UNICCO members have never expressed satisfaction with the continuous revisions of the constitution to be adapted by the General Conference. Each leader since 1990 has set up a constitutional committee and the members have made numerous amendments and revisions, but at the end of the administration, the amended constitution ends up not being approved and therefore, the constitution remains in someone’s drawer or in someone’s basement cabinet.  As a result, the only constitution that claims legitimacy is the 1989 constitution.  This is a serious pitfall.  There were some constitutional amendments made that enabled us to change the system of General Assembly into Board of Directors.  This change allowed us to acquire our Tax-exempt status.  But this change is not reflected in the 1989 constitution or any other constitution that we can call our legitimate constitution.  This again, is another pitfall that is dragging us backward.  At times, the contention about rejecting or accepting the constitution for adaption is not about its content, or the stipulations within the constitution, the contention is usually about whose picture is on the front or back cover of the book.

6.  The April 15, 2011 Constitution, click here:  UNICCO Constitution, April 15, 2011

                             
 

That constitution of April 15, 2011 had some changes and updated amendments but even that, this revised constitution has its own pitfalls.  Sam Wogbeh was the Chairman of the Constitution Committee and Mr. Saye  Gbalazeh was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee, the committee on which I was. The constitution was to have been adopted in Rhode Island during the conference there, but it was not adopted at the conference because there were some concerns about some stipulations that needed to be inserted or included before adoption.  I, Nya Kwiawon Taryor, made a motion that the persons present at the conference accept the constitution as it is, and give authorization to the Board and the President to operate in the framework of the present constitution while individuals who wanted to propose further changes be given the time to do so until the forthcoming conference of the Board in North Carolina, when the constitution will be officially adopted.  The motion was seconded and vote was taken and the motion passed or was carried or agreed upon.  I am not sure of some of the changes that were added to the constitution after that time. I know I sent to Sam my concern and change about the voting procedures, so that instead of voting at conferences, voting must take place nationwide in each chapter for our president.  The last vote in Maryland on May 25, 2014 did not reflect that because it was then clear to me that that clause was never included in the constitution.

7.  The constitution was to have been adopted in North Carolina, but there were many questions raised that were not answered.  The President and the Board Chairman came and told us that the constitution was adopted.  But here are some of the circumstances that create doubts on the process that was followed in adopting the constitution: 


8.  Who were the members of the Board of Directors that attended the North Carolina Conference? 

9.  Did the Constitutional Advisory Committee thoroughly review the Constitution?  If it did, was that reviewed constitution handed to the president?  If it did not review the constitution what was done about that and why was the constitution adopted in the absence of a review by a Constitutional Advisory Committee?  I was on the Advisory Committee and I know that the Committee was never reviewed and was never sent  to Mr. Dorliae nor was it sent to Mr. Hector.  Mr. Saye Gbalazeh can attest to this.

10.  Did two thirds majority of the active chapters of  UNICCO leadership ratify the constitution before it was adopted?  That was not the case either. 
All these questions were directed to Mr. Martin Dorliae because according to the constitution,  Article IX   Section 3.4 reads:

“The President of UNICCO shall be an ex-officio of the Board of Directors and shall be its secretary.”


11.  Since Mr. Dorliae is the secretary of the Board of Directors and also the President of the organization, he should have the recording of the Board’s minutes.  Records were never presented about the Board attendance nor was the constitutional processes and procedures followed in adopting the constitution by the administration.


12.  These pitfalls have dragged UNICCO into becoming a DINICCO (Divided Nimba Citizens’ Council).  Right now, we are confronted with a schism that may take real major maneuvering to bring the issue to congruence.   But first, we need to set the stage through the necessary changes in our constitution in order to bring about the needed changes.  As long as the pitfalls remain business as usual, supported by some members of our organization, we will never progress.

To resolve the situation, I will suggest that the prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr be on our lips as we move away from our tenuous unity in search for a more durable and sustainable union.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

                      

                                              Reinhold Niebuhr

Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.


For my contributions in UNICCO,
please click here:
 My Contributions to UNICCO  



          [1]Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr., (Editor) À Kɛ̀ɛ̀  Zi: Constitutions and By-Laws of UNICCO, National & Local Chapters (Struggles’ Community Press: New York, 1991), pp. 4-5.

          [2]Ibid.  pp. 22-23.



Guinea/Mandingo Music

An Open Letter to
Mr. Nathan Biah

Newly Elected Chairman
of the Board of Directors

UNICCO NATIONAL

September 21, 2015

Mr. Nathan Biah, 

UNICCO Board Chairman

Dear Mr. Biah,

I wish to congratulate you on your ascendancy to the highest office of our organization.  I am sure you have been in the organization long enough to know about some of the challenges and opportunities UNICCO faces. I am also hopeful that you have taken the office of the Chairmanship of the Board of Directors of UNICCO with the willingness and open mindedness to help resolve some of, or most of, our ongoing crises that continue to bedevil our organization.  My prayer is that majority of UNICCO members will open their hearts to you and work with you in making UNICCO a better organization than it has become.  You can count on my support and cooperation in any of your undertakings designed to uplift the organization.

Until now, some of us have not heard or read your intended administrative policies you may wish to introduce nor do we know how you intend to navigate the organization.  While we await your official policy statement, I want to bring to your attention one of the sore issues in the organization that I think needs to be addressed at the onset of your administration if you do not wish your term of office to be haunted by the same ghost that haunted the past administrations.

I, along with many members of UNICCO have come to the awareness that our ELECTION PROCEDURE we conduct for electing our national officers is unfair, out of date, and discriminatory.  The procedure has created more grievous contention and brought about many unwarranted litigations upon the organization because many contenders in past elections have expressed their disagreements with how the elections has been conducted. Even the most recent elections that took place in Providence, Rhode Island is under suspect and some are crying foul because the procedure favored the local 

candidate over out of state candidates.  Moreover, the present election rules and procedures disenfranchise many of the members of the organization who are qualified to vote but  are debarred from voting simply because they do not  have the money to travel to the conference locations where voting is taking place.  Most of us believe that voting should be decentralized whereby each local chapter is permitted to conduct its own election at its location instead of having members to travel to a conference many miles away from their homes before they are permitted to vote. This system has many pitfalls and problems.  It has become a broken system putting us through financial problems and mental anguish. We need a new and different voting system.  

One suggestion or proposal for a different voting system has been expressed on my website  above.

In this open letter to you, I am asking you for your input in this conversation, as well as how you plan to resolve this very important matter.  If you do support the effort to decentralize the election procedure, I will suggest that we all work together to bring the debate to a full front and let our people decide if this proposal can be stipulated  in our constitution.

On the other hand, if you disagree with the proposals for change and believe that we should continue to conduct election like we have always done, I will be happy if you can detail your reasons for your disagreement by listing why you think we  should continue to conduct elections the same ways we have done in the past. It is very important that this matter be addressed soberly, thoughtfully, prayerfully, and urgently. Some of us who started this organization do not want to see it splinter nor do we want to see it become dysfunctional. Your comprehensive and thorough detailing of your disagreement will be helpful.

Again, I say congratulations on your new position as Chairman of the Board of Directors for UNICCO.  I anxiously await your response because most of our people want to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.  Thank you.

Very sincerely,

Nya Kwiawon Taryor

401-545-9073
September 21, 2015

Copy sent to the National President,

Mr. Nyan Dokie

            I never got a response from any
                of these two men.
   They never wrote back to explain why        they did not want to respond to this           communication.  In addition to                publishing this letter openly, I
         sent to each of them privately
   copies of this letter, yet, they refused        to answer this communication.  This          was the last straw that broke the
              camel's back, so speak.














Mr. Dokie and Mr. Biah never responded to the 
communication above and never explained 
why they did not want to respond to 
my opened letter to the.  In addition to making 
this an opened letter, I privately sent them 
each a copy.  Yet, I got no response.










 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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