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UNICCO Constitution


With minor

 adjustments,

 this is how the

 UNICCO

 constitution

 should read

 after the change

 in the Election

 Procedures as

 Proposed

Ad hoc CONSTITUTION COMMISSION

Mrs. Edna Brown, Member—New Jersey

Dr. J. Marsilius Flumo, Member—Washington

Mrs. Teresa Y. Konah, Member—New Jersey

Mr. Prince Toweh, Secretary—Maryland

Mr. Sam Wogbeh, Chairman—Rhode Island 

Proposed
  
Ad hoc

 CONSTITUTION

ADVISORY

 COMMITTEE

 Dr. Nya Taryor, Chairman, 
Rhode Island


Mr. AnthonyLeeway, Co-Chairman
Minnesota

Mr. Sam Kpahn, Member
Minnesota

Miss Tuwe Mehn, Member
California

Mr. Cooper Kwame, Member
Maryland


This committee was desolved before it had the chance to have its first 
meeting.
Nevertheless, a few proposals and suggestions for change were incorporated in this version of the constitution.  The below constitution was never adopted or approved by the Annual conference.


Active Chapters
 of UNICCO 
As of
 2015

California

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Pennsylvania

New York

New Jersey

North Dakota

Rhode Island

Georgia

North Carolina



 

PREAMBLE

 

Having recognized the values of culture, education, and economic opportunities;

 

Having migrated to the Americas for better educational and economic opportunities;

 

Having suffered persecution and migrated to the Americas as a result of the breakdown of cross-ethnic/cultural bonds; and

 

Having identified inclusion, respect, and better cross-ethnic/cultural relations and cooperation as central to peaceful co-existence and sustained social and economic development;

We, the citizens or descendants of citizens of Nimba County and spouses residing in the Americas, do hereby ordain this Constitution for purposeful leadership in transmitting our rich culture; uniting ourselves and fostering better cross-ethnic/cultural relations and cooperation; and improving educational and economic opportunities for Nimbaians in the Americas and in Liberia:


 

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this organization shall be the UNITED NIMBA CITIZENS' COUNCIL, INC. and shall officially be abbreviated as 'UNICCO' and hereinafter referred to as 'UNICCO'. 

ARTICLE II: PURPOSES

  1.  To foster better understanding among Nimbaians in the Americas;
  1. To improve economic and educational opportunities for Nimbaians in the Americas and in Liberia;
  1. To conduct intelligent examinations and discussions of issues relating to our welfare in the Americas and in Liberia;
  1. To encourage and stimulate scholarly achievement among Nimbaians in the Americas and in Liberia;
  1. To strive for integrity and spiritual growth;
  1. To provide opportunities for cultural exchanges with people from other counties and countries.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Qualification for Membership

Membership of UNICCO is open to all Nimba citizens and their descendants residing in the Americas, irrespective of acquired U.S. citizenship or U.S. citizenship by birth.

Section 2: Regular Membership

Anyone who qualifies to become a member of UNICCO, as stipulated in Article III, Section 1, who pledges to uphold this Constitution, UNICCO’s purposes and policies, and commits to participate in its activities as defined in Article III, Section 5, may become a regular member in good standing ONLY after having paid an annual due of $100.00.  This $100.00 annual due includes a MEMBERSHIP DUE of $100.00, a two-General CONFERENCE SITTING FEE of $30.00, and a PROJECT CONTRIBUTION of $20.00 as stipulated in Article X, Sections 1.1, 2.2, 3.2, and 3.5 of this Constitution.

Section 3: Associate Membership

A spouse of or a significant other of a Nimba citizen or a descendant of a Nimba citizen, who is not a citizen of Nimba as stipulated in Article III, Section 1, who shows a commitment to UNICCO, pledges to uphold this Constitution, the purposes and policies of UNICCO, and participates in its activities as defined in Article III, Section 5 with the understanding that he/she shall not hold an elective office, may become an associate member ONLY after having paid an annual due of $90.00 and $45.00 at each annual Conference.  

Section 4: Honorary Membership

Anyone who does not qualify as a regular or associate member, as defined in Article III, Sections 2 or 3, who shows a commitment to UNICCO, pledges to uphold this Constitution, the purposes and policies of UNICCO, and participates in its activities as defined in Article III, Section 5 with the understanding that he/she shall not vote or hold any office, may become an honorary member ONLY after having paid an annual due of $60.00.  This $60.00 annual due includes a MEMBERSHIP DUE of $25.00, a two-General CONFERENCE SITTING FEE of $10.00, and a PROJECT CONTRIBUTION of $25.00 as stipulated in Article X, Sections 1.3, 2.4, 3.4, and 3.5 of this Constitution.

Section 5: Membership Privileges and Responsibilities

Membership privileges and responsibilities include (a) participation in the activities of UNICCO, (b) voting, and (c) holding office. 

ARTICLE IV: GOVERNANCE

The governing bodies of the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall consist of

(a) a Board of Directors and (b) an Executive Committee which shall comprise the elected officers and chairpersons of standing committees.  The Executive Committee shall consist of six elected officers including President, Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Chaplain, and Parliamentarian. 

ARTICLE V: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1: Composition of the Board of Directors

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall have a Board of Directors which shall comprise two elected representatives each from the active chapters of UNICCO and one Alternate Board Member.  Each chapter shall also elect an alternate representative who shall attend a board session only in the absence of its principal representative.  The chairperson of the Board of Directors shall not represent a particular chapter.  He or she shall be elected at the national level.  With the exception of the President of UNICCO who shall be an ex-officio of the Board of Directors, chapter leaders or others serving in elective or appointive positions at the national or local levels shall NOT serve on the Board, attend Board sessions, or participate in its decision in any manner whatsoever.   

Section 2: Eligibility of Members of UNICCO Board of Directors

The minimum educational qualification for serving on the Board of Directors is a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Members of the Board of Directors shall not hold appointive or elective positions at the national or local levels of UNICCO.  The President of UNICCO who shall serve as ex-officio and secretary to the Board of Directors shall be an exception. No one shall serve on the Board of Directors unless the requirements stipulated in Article III, Sections 1 and 2 as well as Article X, Sections 1.1, 2.2, 3.2, and 3.5 of this Constitution have been met.

Section 3: Election of UNICCO Board of Directors

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall be elected in May during the General Nationwide election conducted in each local Chapter.  To contest the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors or member of the Board of Directors, a candidate must meet the requirements specified in Article VIII, Section 4.1 through 4.5 and 4.17 of this Constitution and undergo screening either by the National Elections Commission or by a local Elections Committee.  Prior to chapter elections for members of the Board of Directors and alternates, the Elections Commission of each chapter shall consult with the National Treasurer of UNICCO to verify that candidates have met the requirements stipulated in Article III, Sections 1 and 2.  Applications for members of the Board of Directors or alternates shall be made through local Elections Committees.  Alternates shall meet all other requirements except the filing fee of $50.00.      

Section 4: Term of Office of UNICCO Board of Directors

A full term of office for members of the Board of Directors including the Chairperson shall be three calendar years. 

4.1   Members of the Board of Directors shall serve no more than two consecutive terms;

4.2   A member of the Board of Directors who has served two consecutive full terms may participate in another election ONLY after AT LEAST ONE intervening term after his/her expiring two consecutive terms;

4.3   The term of the President of UNICCO on the Board of Directors shall be the same as his or her term of office as President of UNICCO.  After the term of office of the President of UNICCO has expired, he/she shall not continue to serve on the Board of Directors.   

Section 5: Duties of UNICCO Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of UNICCO

5.1  Shall, in consultations with local chapters, set, review/change UNICCO policies, and provide oversight;

5.2   Shall advise the President and members of the Executive Committee;

5.3  Shall provide clear and written guidance on accountability and compliance with local, state, and federal regulations governing the operation of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and non-political organization;

5.4  Shall receive, review, and return for corrections or improvements and, in the end, accept or reject all required reports including a comprehensive plan of action/program/balanced budget;

5.5  Shall receive, verify, and turnover all UNICCO documents from the current administration to an incoming administration in no more than eight weeks after the elections;

5.6  Shall investigate disputes arising from removals within local chapters or within the national organization and render final rulings on the basis of due process and procedures for removals stipulated in Article XI, and Article XIII, Sections 2.1 through 2.4 and Sections 3.1 through 3.5, respectively;

5.7  Shall investigate and rule on every election dispute, local or within the national organization, on the basis of election guidelines stipulated in Article VIII, Sections 4.1 through 4.18 of this Constitution;

5.8  Shall cause the President of UNICCO to appoint an Elections Commission including one representative each from the active chapters of UNICCO with special attention to gender and ethnic balance and a Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Commission as stipulated in Article VIII, Section 3;

5.9  Other than their own campaigns for membership on the Board, members of the Board of Directors of UNICCO shall not become campaign managers, officials, or consultants for any candidates seeking elective offices at the local or national levels within UNICCO. 

5.10                 Shall cause the President of UNICCO to fill a vacancy in an elective office at the national level on a temporary basis until the Elections Commission conducts a provisional election to fill that vacancy.  However, when such a vacancy occurs less than six months to the next elections, the temporary replacement by the President of UNICCO shall hold office until the general elections;

5.11                 Shall maintain a folder containing copies of all documents and reports received from the Executive Committee;

5.12                 Shall take appropriate actions against the administration or any of its members to ensure the restitution of funds if audit reports uncover financial irregularities;

5.13                 Shall ensure that a board member and his/her alternate shall not attend board sessions at the same time.  An alternate shall attend board sessions only in the absence of the regular board member; violation of this rule in a given session shall render the decision of the board null and void;

5.14                 Shall record and publish attendance at every board session to ensure that persons not authorized do not participate in board deliberations or vote on issues.  Violation of this rule shall render the decision of the board null and void.

ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS

Section 1: Elected Officers of UNICCO

The elected officers of UNICCO shall consist of President, Vice President, General Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Chaplain, and Parliamentarian. 

Section 2: Duties of the President

The President of UNICCO

2.1   Shall be the Head and official Spokesperson of the Organization;

2.2   Shall have the authority to coordinate, supervise, and direct the activities of the Executive Committee;

2.3   May require periodic written reports from members of the Executive Committee;

2.4   Shall provide quarterly performance/financial reports to the Board of Directors and make copies available for the general body on a timely basis;

2.5   Shall submit an annual report to the Board of Directors at the regular annual Board Session in November during the Thanksgiving Day Weekend and post a copy or cause a copy to be posted on UNICCO website for the general body;

2.6   Shall, along with the Vice President and Treasurer, have the authority to approve all vouchers, sign or co-sign documents, contracts, or checks for payments/withdrawals from UNICCO bank accounts;

2.7   Shall have the authority to conduct the external relations of UNICCO including but not limited to formal agreements and other memoranda of understanding in consultation with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee;

2.8   Shall preside during the General Conference and other meetings/teleconferences specified in Article IX, Sections 2 and 4 and may call such meetings/teleconferences at an appropriate time and place when the need arises;

2.9   Shall develop agendas for meetings in consultation with members of the Executive Committee;

2.10 May request a special session of the Board of Directors to resolve urgent matters pertaining to the interest of UNICCO;

2.11 Shall, along with members of his/her administration, prepare and present a comprehensive plan of action/program/balanced budget to the Board of Directors for approval no later than four weeks after the general elections in May.  Such a plan of action may include activities, purposes, persons responsible, timelines, locations of activities, costs, and how they will be funded;

2.12 Shall appoint committee chairs and members in consultation with the elected members of the Executive Committee;

2.13 Shall perform all other functions that do not violate the spirit and intent of any part of this Constitution in conducting the business of UNICCO.

Section 3: Duties of the Vice President

The Vice President of UNICCO

3.1  Shall immediately assume the Presidency to complete the remaining term and perform all the duties and functions of the President as defined in Article VI, Sections 2.1 through 2.13, in  the event of temporary inability, permanent disability, impeachment, or death of the President;

3.2  Shall have the powers of the president and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President during such circumstances as stipulated in Article VI, Section 3.1 of this Constitution;

3.3  Shall work with committee chairpersons in developing programs/plans of action;

3.4  Shall assist the President of UNICCO in preparing all major public documents;

3.5  Shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.

Section 4: Duties of the General Secretary

The General Secretary of UNICCO

4.1  Shall record and read minutes of all meetings and conferences;

4.2  Shall post released UNICCO reports, minutes of meetings, and all communications on UNICCO website for easy access by members and all interested persons;

4.3  Shall provide copies of minutes to the President and maintain an official binder as well as secured computer files containing copies of minutes and other important documents including copies of correspondences and responses, up-to-date membership lists, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for members;

4.4  Shall assist the President in processing all written communications addressed to UNICCO for timely responses;

4.5  Shall type and circulate agendas by electronic or other means and perform other functions that do not violate the spirit and intent of any part of this Constitution in conducting the business of UNICCO.

Section 5: Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer of UNICCO

5.1  Shall be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of UNICCO and the Chairperson of the Finance Committee;

5.2  Shall, along with the President and Vice President, open UNICCO bank accounts and oversee same;

5.3  Shall prepare and maintain bookkeeping records;

5.4  Shall receive all monies and deposit same in UNICCO’s bank accounts;

5.5  Shall co-sign with the President and Vice President or their designees all checks or withdrawals for the disbursement of UNICCO funds;

5.6  Shall assist in the development of revenue generating ideas for incorporation into budget plans/plans of action;

5.7  Shall provide quarterly financial reports according to guidelines stipulated in Article VII, Section 4.2.3 of this Constitution and post such reports or cause such reports to be posted on UNICCO website for easy access by members and all interested persons;

5.8  Shall complete a comprehensive financial report according to guidelines stipulated in Article VII, Section 4.2.3 of this Constitution for presentation to the Board of Directors and the general body at the regular Board Session in November during the Thanksgiving Weekend;

5.9  Shall have the requisite knowledge in bookkeeping and accountancy; must have his or her own computer and know how to use the computer efficiently.

5.10       Shall perform other functions that do not violate the spirit and intent of any part of this Constitution.

In the case where there is a Financial Secretary, he or she should also have his or her own computer and know how to use the computer effectively.

Section 6: Duties of the Chaplain

The Chaplain of UNICCO

6.1    Shall pray for God's blessings and guidance at the beginning and closing during all of UNICCO's activities at which members assemble;

6.2    Shall perform other functions or may be assigned other duties as are necessary for the conduct of UNICCO business.

Section 7: Duties of the Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian of UNICCO

7.1  Shall ensure that UNICCO members observe appropriate behavior during meetings, teleconferences, e-mail discussions, or any of UNICCO's activities in which there are exchanges of views or ideas;

7.2  Shall use appropriate means to educate UNICCO members about observing parliamentary procedures during meetings or teleconferences;

7.3  Shall use this Constitution as a basis of authority to institute corrective measures in conducting the business of UNICCO;

7.4  Shall also use Robert's Rule of Order as a basis of authority to carry out his or her duties during meetings or teleconferences;

7.5  Shall perform other duties as are necessary and proper for conducting the business of UNICCO.

ARTICLE VII: STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1: Composition of Standing Committees

The standing committees of the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall include Elections Commission, Auditing Commission, Ways & Means, Membership, Social, Publicity, Finance, Planning, and Special Projects/Development.  The President of UNICCO shall have the authority to create additional committees as the need arises. Membership of each committee shall vary depending on the nature of assignments.

Section 2: Appointment of Committee Chairs

With the exception of the Finance Committee whose chairperson shall be the Treasurer of UNICCO, this Constitution grants the President of UNICCO the authority to appoint chairpersons and members of all standing and ad hoc committees.  These appointments are not subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.  However, this Constitution requires the President of UNICCO to consult with the Board of Directors in constituting the Elections Commission and the Special Project/Development Committee as stipulated in Article V, Section 5.8, Article VII, Section 4.6, and Article VIII, Section 3.

Section 3: Term of Office

With the exceptions of the Chairman and members of the Elections Commission and the Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Chairpersons and members of all other standing

or ad hoc committees serve at the will and pleasure of the President of UNICCO and, therefore, shall have no specified term of office. 

Section 4: Duties of Standing Committees

4.1 Membership Committee

The Membership Committee

4.1.1      Shall develop and carry out a plan of action for increasing membership and participation in the activities of UNICCO each fiscal year; such a plan of action shall include details as specified in Article VI, Section 2.11;

4.1.2      Shall encourage all Nimba citizens or their descendants residing in the Americas through a variety of means to get involved in the activities of UNICCO;

4.1.3      Shall report to the President on the status of membership at any time or during meetings specified in Article IX, Sections 2 through 6;

4.1.4      Shall monitor the participation of all members in the activities of UNICCO;

4.1.5      Shall, with members' permission, publish on UNICCO website a list of members and their contact information;

4.1.6      Shall recommend to the President steps to encourage optimal participation of all members;

4.1.7      Shall perform other duties assigned by the President.

4.2: Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall be chaired by the Treasurer as stipulated in Article VI, Section 5.1.  The Finance Committee

4.2.1      Shall assist the Treasurer in organizing all of UNICCO's financial records;

4.2.2      Shall work with the President to prepare budgets;

4.2.3      Shall prepare quarterly and annual financial reports detailing date of transaction, activity/transaction description, and fund balance;

4.2.4      Shall develop and carry out a plan of action including details as specified in Article VI, Section 2.11 for raising funds beyond dues, sitting fees, and project contributions by members;

4.2.5      Shall publish or cause its quarterly and annual financial reports to be published on UNICCO website;

4.2.6      Shall forward copies of quarterly and annual financial reports to the president for submission to the Board of Directors of UNICCO; and must have his or her own computer and know how to use the computer effectively.

4.2.7      Shall carry out other duties assigned by the President.

4.3: Planning Committee

The Planning Committee

4.3.1      Shall obtain plans of action including details specified in Article VI, Section 2.11 from the various standing committees and incorporate them into a comprehensive/master plan of action/budget for the fiscal year;

4.3.2      Shall assist the President in presenting the comprehensive/master plan/budget for a given year to the Board of Directors for approval at the Regular Board Session during the Thanksgiving Weekend;

4.3.3      Shall perform other duties assigned by the President.

4.4: Social Committee

The Social Committee

4.4.1      Shall work with local chapters in planning and executing programs to foster a sense of oneness and community;

4.4.2      Shall work with local chapters in planning and executing entertainment programs associated with General Conferences;

4.4.3      Shall work with local chapters in planning and executing recognition and awards programs for members/supporters/sponsors;

4.4.4      Shall work with other committees in planning specific programs for special occasions;

4.4.5      Shall carry out other duties assigned by the President.

4.5: Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee

4.5.1      Shall inform members regularly through print or electronic media of developments in/about UNICCO;

4.5.2      Shall maintain UNICCO website for the purpose of making important information about UNICCO available and accessible to members;

4.5.3      Shall publish a newsletter as an additional means of informing the members of UNICCO;

4.5.4      Shall perform other duties assigned by the President.

4.6: Special Project/Development Committee

The President of UNICCO shall appoint the chairperson and members of the Special Project/Development Committee in consultation with the Board of Directors and the elected members of the Executive Committee.  The Special Project/Development Committee

4.6.1      Shall carry out in the Americas or in Nimba County/Liberia identified and approved projects incorporated into the budget;

4.6.2      Shall consist of subcommittees to spearhead different and specific projects;

4.6.3      Shall provide status as well as comprehensive reports detailing project location, beneficiaries, costs, sponsors, start dates, and end dates to the President of UNICCO for submission to the Board of Directors on a regular basis;

4.6.4      Shall carry out other duties assigned by the President.

ARTICLE VIII: ELECTIONS

Section 1: Time of Elections

The Officers of UNICCO shall be elected once every two years by members of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Sections 2 and 3 of this Constitution in May.  The chairperson of the Board of Directors shall be elected by members of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Sections 2 and 3 of this Constitution during a national election that may or may not coincide with the elections of new officers of UNICCO.  Ordinary members of the Board of Directors or their alternates shall be elected in their respective chapters by members of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Sections 2 and 3 of this Constitution during the Memorial Day Weekend which may or may not coincide with the elections of new officers of UNICCO.   

Section 2: Eligibility for Elective Office

Only individuals who have met the requirements for regular membership as stipulated in Article III, Section 2, with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and who have complied with guidelines specified in Article VIII, Sections 4.2 through 4.4 are considered qualified to contest elective offices.

Section 3: Elections Commission

The President of UNICCO shall, in consultation with the Board of Directors, appoint a standing Elections Commission, including a Chairman and Co-Chairman and one member each from the active chapters of UNICCO with special attention to gender and ethnic balance, to conduct elections for a new corps of officers.  

3.1    The Elections Commission shall judiciously follow the election guidelines stipulated in Article VIII, Sections 4.1 through 4.17 of this Constitution to carry out its duties;

3.2    Only the Board of Directors shall have the authority to make changes in the election guidelines as stipulated in Article VIII, Sections 4.1 through 4.17 of this Constitution;

3.3    No changes which could reasonably be interpreted as intended to restrict or disadvantage any individuals or candidates shall be made in the election guidelines contained in Article VIII, Sections 4.1 through 4.17 of this Constitution;

3.4    Any changes in the election guidelines that the Board of Directors finds necessary in order to carry out a fair and efficient election shall be made with adequate notification to the members.  Moreover, such changes shall not be made within less than six months to the next elections or at the time of the elections;

3.5    Members of the Elections Commission shall not vote and shall not engage in any activities that show their preference for a particular candidate or candidates;

3.6    In case of overwhelming evidence of incompetence, deliberate contravention of election guidelines, involvement in election fraud to benefit a particular candidate or candidates, the Board of Directors shall have the authority to dissolve the entire Elections Commission and cause the President of UNICCO to reconstitute a new one to conduct a rerun of the elections.  

Section 4: Election Guidelines

Election of UNICCO National Officers

4.1.  (a) There will 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.

4.1 (b) 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.

4.1. ( c ) 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.

4.1 (d) 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.

4.1 (e) 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

4.1 (f) Applicants for these must send in their application and proof of their qualifications no later than January 1st. The Election Commission shall determine what these qualifications are.

4.1 (g) 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.

4.1 (h) Election Guidelines for each Chapter

 

Numbers of Persons on the Local/National Election Committee

4.1 (i) 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.

 

4.1 (j) 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.

4.1 (k) 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.

4.1 (l) Each qualified voter must pay a voter’s registration fee of $10.00 in order to register to vote.  One person, one vote.

4.1 (m) 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. 

4.1 (n) 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.

4.1 (o) 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.

4.1 (p) The qualified  (1) list of voters, the (2) election results and the  (3) amount collected during the election as voter’s 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.

4.1 (q) The voters, registration list may not always be the same as the number of voters.  While is it 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 voter’s registration list.  However, the actual number of persons on the voter’s registration list multiplied by $10.00 should equal the total amount that is brought to the conference.  

4.1 (r) For example, let us say that in Rhode Island, there are 75 members who qualify 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.

4.1 (s) 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.

4.1 (t) 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 National Conference or National Convention in May.

4.1 (u) 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 for 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.

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

4.1 (w) 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 fun 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.

4.1     Only UNICCO members who meet the stipulations specified in Article III, Sections 1, 2, and 3 who are 18 years or older shall have the privilege to vote;

4.2     No person shall hold or contest an elective office in UNICCO while holding an elective office in his/her local chapter;

4.3     All candidates for elective offices shall pay to the Elections Commission a registration/filing fee specific to the positions they are vying for no later than three months before the elections.  The Elections Commission shall forward all registration/filing fees collected to the Treasurer of UNICCO.  Filing fees for elective positions shall be as follows:  Chairman of the Board of Directors, $75.00; Member of the Board of Directors, $50.00; President, $100.00; Vice President, $75.00; General Secretary, $60.00; Treasurer, $50.00; Chaplain, $35.00; and Parliamentarian, $35.00;

4.4     All candidates who want to contest offices in UNICCO at a local or national level shall attend and complete a workshop on UNICCO operations and governance and be certificated in order to qualify to contest an elective office.  The national administration shall make every effort to conduct such workshops at national conferences or at local levels.  No candidate shall be prevented from participating in the elections on the basis of not having participated in such leadership workshops if the national administration fails to provide opportunities for them;

4.5     Candidates cleared by the Elections Commission to contest the elections must be present in their local chapters during the election and at the General Conference in May during the Memorial Day Weekend at which time the respective elections results will be read. However, a candidate who is already on the ballot may be elected in absentia in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as a serious sickness, or death of a family member;

4.6     Any calls for the disqualification of a candidate for office must be accompanied by evidence in writing submitted to the Elections Commission three months prior to the elections.  Otherwise, all candidates who meet the qualifications for office stipulated in Article VIII, Sections 2 of this Constitution should be cleared to contest the elections.

4.7     The Elections Commission shall screen all applicants and declare them fit or unfit to contest elective positions on the bases of Article III, Sections 1 and 2; Article V, Section 2; and Article VIII, Section 2.  Applicants declared unfit to contest elective positions shall receive NO refunds;

4.8     The Elections Commission shall obtain from the Treasurer and publish or cause to be published an updated list of members specified in Article III, Sections 2 and 3 on UNICCO website;

4.9     Voting shall be done by secret ballots;

4.10  The Elections Commission shall mail absentee ballots to all chapters for members who qualified to vote who may be very far away from the election center or who may not be present at the election center on the day of balloting;

4.11  The Elections Commission shall post or cause an application form for absentee ballot to be posted on UNICCO website.  Such a form shall include a mailing address to which the completed request for absentee ballot should be sent, and spaces provided for name of absentee voter, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.

4.12  The Elections Commission shall serialize absentee ballots and ensure that it has a secured mailing address at the election center where absentee ballots shall be mailed to;

4.13  Qualified voters unable to be present at the election center must request absentee ballots no less than two months in advance of the date of elections;

4.14  Marked absentee ballots not received by the Elections Commission by 6:00 P.M. on the day before the elections shall be discarded;

4.15  The Elections Commission shall invite independent election observers and representatives of the presidential candidates to monitor the elections.  It shall also develop a checklist for election observers that may be used as one measure in certifying the election results;

4.16  The Elections Commission shall ensure that the names of all candidates declared fit to contest elective positions appear on the ballots;

4.17  The Elections Commission shall organize a debate/forum where all candidates shall have an opportunity to speak or answer questions of concerns to the voters on the critical issues of the organization;

4.18  All election related disputes shall be filed in writing with the Board of Directors within no more than four weeks after the elections.  After having relied on these election guidelines as a basis of its investigation, the ruling of the Board of Directors shall be final.  Results of elections not contested within the four-week time frame specified herein shall stand as the official and final results.

Section 5: Term of Office

A full term of office is two calendar years.  The elected officers of UNICCO shall serve no more than two consecutive full terms in the same office or position.  An elected official who has served two consecutive full terms in the same office may choose to contest a different elective office.  An elected official who has served two consecutive full terms in the same office but wishes to contest the same office shall have to forgo the term immediately following the end of his/her second term to qualify.  

ARTICLE IX: MEETINGS

Section 1: Classes of Meetings

The United Nimba Citizens' Council shall have five classes of meetings including General Conference, Board Sessions, Emergency Sessions, Special Sessions, and Installation of Officers and members of the Board of Directors.

Section 2: General Conference

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall convene two General Conferences during the year, one in May during the Memorial Day Weekend and the other in September during the Labor Day Weekend.  The General Conference shall be held from local chapter to local chapter on a rotational basis.  Local chapters may choose to pass up their opportunities to host the General Conference for later opportunities.  If, for unforeseeable reasons, a scheduled General Conference cannot be held at the time or location previously determined by the rotational process, the President may ask for a volunteer chapter or select one in consultation with the Executive Committee.

2.1    The President of UNICCO shall preside during the regular proceedings of the General Conference.  However, chapters selected to host the General Conference shall be responsible for planning the conference in collaboration with the National Social Committee and the National Executive Committee;

2.2    A chapter selected to host a General Conference may request funding from the National Organization.  Such a request shall be in the form of a budget providing details as provided in Article VI, Section 2.11 of this Constitution;

2.3    Any funds requested from the National Organization and received by a local chapter to host a General Conference shall be reimbursed in full no later than two weeks after the completion of the General Conference;

2.4    Chapters selected to host the General Conference shall turn over to the National Organization a percentage of the profit from entertainment activities during the conference.  Such a percentage shall be negotiated between the selected local chapter and the National Organization;

 

2.5    The General Conference shall provide one opportunity for members to interact face-to-face as well as discuss, petition, or make recommendations to the leadership about any matter involving or relating to the interest of UNICCO and its members;

2.6    The General Conference shall be open to all categories of members and observers or invited guests;

2.7    A simple majority vote of members present shall be required to dispose of matters before the General Conference;

Section 3: Board Sessions

The Board of Directors of the United Nimba Citizens' Council shall convene one Regular Board Session in a year during the Thanksgiving Weekend in November.  The Board of Directors shall host the regular Board Session from chapter to chapter on a rotational basis in consultation with the Executive Committee and chapter leaders.

3.1   The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall preside over all Board Sessions;

3.2   The Regular Board Session shall be the main but one of three forums for carrying out the responsibilities of the Board of Directors as stipulated in Article V, Sections 5.1 through 5.10.  Other forums for carrying out the responsibilities of the Board of Directors are specified in Article IX, Sections 4.2 and 5.2;

3.3   The weekend of the Regular Board Session shall provide another opportunity for members to interact face-to-face and foster common understandings;

3.4   The President of UNICCO shall be an ex-officio of the Board of Directors and shall be its secretary;

3.5   The Board of Directors shall provide "due process" to all accused UNICCO elected officials during the Regular, Emergency, or specially called Board Session.  Due process shall be understood as the meaning stipulated in Article XI of this Constitution.  Accused elected officials of UNICCO shall be removed from office only if two-thirds majority members of the Board of Directors vote to convict.  A Member of the Board of Directors accused of wrong doing or misconduct shall not exercise the right to vote in determining his/her own fate;

3.6   No laws shall be made or policies instituted that contravene the spirit and intent of any part of this Constitution.  Such laws shall be considered null and void;

3.7   The Board of Directors shall hear and rule on all cases of conflict of laws or interest between UNICCO and any chapter, between chapters, and between UNICCO or chapter and individual members which cannot be resolved by negotiation between the parties concerned.

Section 4:  Emergency Meetings/Teleconferences

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall have other forums to address matters pertaining to its interest and those of its members that require immediate attention.

4.1   The President of UNICCO shall have the authority to call emergency meetings/teleconferences of the Executive Committee or the general body/entire membership at any time and wherever appropriate to address any matter of urgency pertaining to the interest of UNICCO and its members;

4.2   The Board of Directors of UNICCO shall have the authority to call Emergency Board Sessions/teleconferences at any time and wherever appropriate to address any matter of urgency pertaining to the interest of UNICCO and its members.  However, the Board of Directors shall not have the authority to convene any meeting whatsoever of the general body/entire membership but may request the President of UNICCO to convene an Emergency Meeting or a specially called Meeting to address any matter of urgency pertaining to the interest of UNICCO and its members.

Section 5:  Special Order Meetings/Teleconferences

The President of UNICCO and the Board of Directors shall have other forums to carry out responsibilities that the General Conference or Regular Board Session may not provide adequate time to perform.

5.1     The President of UNICCO shall have the authority to call Special Order Meetings /Teleconferences of the Executive Committee or representatives of the constituent chapters of the organization at any time and wherever appropriate to address important matters pertaining to UNICCO and its members;

5.2     The Board of Directors of UNICCO shall have the authority to call Special Order Board Sessions/Teleconferences at any time and wherever appropriate to address important matters related to its functions and pertaining to the interest of UNICCO and its members. 

Section 6: Installation of Officers and Members of the Board of Directors

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall conduct a formal installation of its officers and members of the Board of Directors after the General Conference during the Labor Day Weekend in September.  The installation program shall be carried out by a five-member transition team to include two members of the current administration, two members of the incoming administration, and one newly elected member of the Board of Directors.  The transition team shall be headed by one of the representatives of the current administration.  The decision on the location of the installation ceremony shall be deferred to the incoming administration.

ARTICLE X:
DUES, FEES, CONTRIBUTIONS

Section 1: Dues

The payment of Membership dues shall be the first step towards acquiring Regular, Associate, or Honorary Membership.  All three categories of membership shall be granted ONLY upon the completion of the three-step process involving the payment of DUES, SITTING FEES and a MINIMUM CONTRIBUTION for PROJECTS.

1.1    A regular member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 2 shall pay an annual membership due of $100.00;

1.2    An associate member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 3 shall pay an annual membership due of $50.00;

1.3    An honorary member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 4 shall pay an annual membership due of $25.00;

1.4    To be an active chapter of UNICCO, each chapter shall pay an annual due of $50.00 no later than April 15th of each year.

Section 2:  Fees

The payment of fees shall be the second step towards acquiring Regular, Associate, or Honorary Membership. 

2.1    UNICCO shall levy an annual SITTING FEE of $30.00 in order to underwrite and facilitate the hosting of General Conferences and Board Sessions.  Two thirds of the sitting fees shall be used for the General Conferences while one third shall be used for Board Sessions.  Sitting fees shall be paid by all members whether or not they attend conferences or board sessions;

2.2    A regular member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 2 shall pay an annual sitting fee of $30.00;

2.3    An associate member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 3 shall pay an annual sitting fee of $20.00;

 

2.4    An honorary member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 4 shall pay an annual sitting fee of $10.00;

Section 3:  Contributions to Projects

3.1      Contributions to projects are the third step towards acquiring Regular, Associate, or Honorary Membership.  All three categories of membership shall be granted ONLY upon the completion of the three-step process involving the payment of dues, sitting fees, and a minimum contribution to projects.  Payment of a specified minimum project contribution does not preclude any member from making a voluntary or charitable contribution above and beyond;

3.2      A regular member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 2 shall pay a minimum annual PROJECT CONTRIBUTION of $20.00;

3.3      An associate member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 3 shall pay a minimum annual project contribution of $20.00;

3.4      An honorary member of UNICCO as defined in Article III, Section 4 shall pay a minimum annual project contribution of $25.00;

3.5      The sums of $150.00, $90, and $60 for Regular, Associate, and Honorary memberships, respectively, shall be paid in full no later than April 15th of each year.  All payments including chapter dues/registration shall be sent to the Treasurer of UNICCO. 

Section 4: Penalties for Failure to pay Dues, Fees, and Minimum Contributions

There shall be consequences for failure to pay dues, fees, and contributions.

4.1      Inability to pay dues, fees, and minimum contributions shall result in loss of membership and all rights and privileges stipulated in Article III, Sections 2 of this Constitution;

4.2      Inability to pay chapter dues/registration shall result in the revocation of chapter membership.  A chapter shall not be recognized as active or its representative shall not be recognized at all UNICCO meetings if it fails to pay its dues/registration on time.  Chapters inactive for at least a year shall resubmit an application for membership to the Treasurer and pay a fee of $100.00 at the time of the application in order to regain full membership.

ARTICLE XI: DUE PROCESS

Due process, according to this Constitution, shall mean (a) that the President, Board of Directors, or any authority of UNICCO shall take no unfair or arbitrary action or actions against any individuals or members of the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) accused of misconduct or wrongdoing, (b) that no member of UNICCO shall be deprived of the rights and privileges contained in Article III, Section 2 without adequate notice, (c) the accused shall have an opportunity to be heard and defend their rights, (d) that the accused shall have the right to present witnesses and evidence to establish their innocence, (e) that the accused shall have the right to cross-examine their accusers, and (f) that there shall be a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  Due process shall also mean a strict adherence to the guidelines contained in Article VIII, Sections 4.1 through 4.17 and Article XIII, Section 2.1 through 2.4 in rulings on matters pertaining to elections and conviction on charges of negligence of duties, bribery or other serious acts as contained in XIII, Sections 3.1 through 3.5.

ARTICLE XII: LIABILITY

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall not be liable for the criminal conduct of its individual members or leaders.  Members convicted of criminal conduct in the courts of the United States shall lose their membership automatically.  The Board of Directors may suspend an official of UNICCO accused of violating the laws of the United States or involvement in criminal matters unrelated to the business of UNICCO until an outcome of such accusation is determined.  If such official is found guilty in a court case unrelated to UNICCO, he/she shall be removed from office without a UNICCO investigation.  Otherwise such official shall be re-instated. 

 

ARTICLE XIII: RESIGNATION, REMOVAL/IMPEACHMENT & VACANCIES

Section 1: Resignation

Any officer or member of the Board of Directors of UNICCO with a compelling reason or reasons may resign his/her position by submitting a letter of resignation addressed to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Section 2: Removal/Impeachment

Any official of UNICCO or person elected or appointed may be impeached or removed from office by the Board of Directors or by the President when his/her conduct gravely contravenes this Constitution, the purposes and policies of UNICCO, or the laws of these United States.  An elected official convicted or guilty as per grounds for impeachment stipulated in Article XIII, Sections 3.1 through 3.5 shall be impeached or removed from office by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.

2.1     Any elected officer or member of the Board of Directors of UNICCO shall, on the basis of due process as contained in Article XI, be removed from office or impeached by the Board of Directors for conviction on charges of negligence of duties, bribery or other serious acts as contained in grounds for removal or impeachment in Article XIII, Sections 3.1 through 3.5;

2.2     Any elected officer of a local chapter shall, on the basis of due process as contained in Article XI, be removed from office or impeached for conviction on charges of negligence of duties, bribery or other serious acts as contained in grounds for removal or impeachment in Article XIII, Sections 3.1 through 3.5 as well as the Constitution of the local chapter.  The Board of Directors shall only intervene when an appeal is made by a party on the basis of the violation of due process as defined in this Constitution.  In such a case, the ruling of the Board of Directors to remove or re-instate an officer shall be final.  The Board of Directors shall have the authority to request local chapters’ records of proceedings in its investigation of complaints of violation of due process;

2.3     Any official of UNICCO appointed by the President of UNICCO may be removed by the President for conviction on charges of lack of confidence, incompetence, and dereliction of duties, bribery, or other serious acts as contained in grounds for removal or impeachment in Article XIII, Sections 3.1 through 3.5.  In matters involving accusations against officials appointed by the President of UNICCO, the President shall, on the basis of due process as stipulated in Article XI, have the authority to investigate and remove or retain the accused;

2.4     These provisions for removing elected officers or officials appointed by the President apply to the local chapters of UNICCO with equal force.

Section 3: Grounds for Removal/Impeachment

3.1    Conviction in any court of these United States of a felony, a serious crime such as aggravated assault, arson, burglary, murder, rape, etc., usually punishable by at least one year in prison;

3.2    Conviction in any court of these United States of a misdemeanor, a criminal offense less serious than a felony punishable by a prison sentence of one year or less as well as by a fine;

3.3    Conviction by any appropriate authority in a local chapter or by the Board of Directors on the basis of due process as defined in Article XI of embezzlement, the fraudulent appropriation or misappropriation or misapplication of UNICCO funds/monies or property for personal benefit;

3.4    Conviction by any appropriate authority in a local chapter or by the Board of Directors on the basis of due process as defined in Article XI of corruption, the misuse of public office by an official of UNICCO for his/her personal benefit such as but not limited to the illegal taking, misapplying or misappropriating of UNICCO funds or monies or other things of value, dishonesty or actions intended to bribe or blackmail or make someone to bribe or blackmail;

3.5    Involvement in highly unethical activities, that is, behaviors that fall outside accepted standards of social or professional behaviors that may not be unlawful but morally wrong with the propensity to undermine unity within UNICCO.

Section 4: Vacancies

4.1     Vacancies created by the removal of elected officers or members of the Board of Directors shall be filled by special elections;

4.2     Vacancies created by the removal of officials appointed by the President of UNICCO shall be filled by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee;

4.3     In the event of the dissolution of the Elections Commission, the Board of Directors shall request the President of UNICCO to reconstitute the Elections Commission.

Section 5: Line of Succession

The line of succession within the organizational chart of UNICCO shall be as follows: President, Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Chaplain, and Parliamentarian.

ARTICLE XIV: UNICCO FINANCES

Section 1.  Sources of Revenues

1.1     The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall raise revenues through membership dues, chapter dues, sitting fees, project contributions, securing grants and charitable contributions to finance all or parts of its operations.

1.2     With the approval of the Board of Directors, the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) may borrow money to finance budgetary deficits or undertake special projects or operate such enterprises as are designed to generate additional revenues;

Section 2: Expenditures

2.1  No expenditures shall be made without a budget providing details as specified in Article VI, Section 2.11 of this Constitution;

2.2  No extra budgetary expenditures shall be made without the approval of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XV: CONTRACTS AND LOANS

Section 1: Contracts

The President may authorize any officer or officers, or agent or agents, to enter into contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of UNICCO in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Section 2: Loans

No loans shall be contracted on behalf of UNICCO and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Such approval shall be granted in limited instances.  UNICCO shall make no loans to anyone, entities, or its members.

Section 3: Compensation

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, Vice President, General Secretary, and the Treasurer of UNICCO shall receive monthly stipends of $100, $100, $80, $75, and $75, respectively.  The stipends shall help defray costs associated with their functions.  Costs such as short trips using personal vehicles and personal calls that overlap with official business are often difficult to document.  Often described as personal sacrifices for the organization, these costs are not only substantial but also serve as a disincentive for quality service to the organization.  Beyond these payments, there shall be no compensation for services that members render to UNICCO except where a contract or contracts for such services are signed by the person or persons performing the services and a legitimate representative of UNICCO with the approval of the Executive Committee. 

Section 4: Reimbursement

Personal resources, funds, or monies shall not be used on behalf of UNICCO with the goal of receiving reimbursement.

ARTICLE XVI: BOOKS AND RECORDS

Section 1: Records of Accounts

The United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall keep correct and complete books and records of accounts.

Section 2: Minutes of Meetings

Minutes of meetings specified in Article IX, Sections 2 through 6 shall be written and kept at all times.

Section 3: Correspondences

Records/copies of all correspondences shall be kept.

Section 4: Records of Members

Records of members including names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc. shall be kept.

ARTICLE XVII: FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO) shall be twelve months beginning January 1st and ending December 31st of each year.

ARTICLE XVIII: HEADQUARTERS

The official headquarters of UNICCO shall be the city of Atlanta, Georgia.  However, the administrative headquarters of UNICCO shall be the residence of the President of UNICCO.

ARTICLE XIX: ESTABLISHING A NEW CHAPTER

Nimba citizens or their descendants assumed to be members of a given state chapter shall have the right to form a new local chapter of UNICCO in that state if they can verify that (a) the formation of the new chapter is not intended to undermine or will not undermine and lead to the dissolution of the existing chapter, (b) their state chapter is headquartered in a city or locality far removed from them to the effect that continued participation in the routine activities of the existing chapter poses an economic burden upon them, and (c) they have a potential membership of not less than 20 people.  Applications for establishing new chapters shall be filed with the Treasurer of UNICCO and the President of UNICCO shall grant certificates to form new chapters.

ARTICLE XX: AMENDMENTS

This Constitution shall become legitimate, go into effect with full force, and become the operational framework binding upon all local chapters and members of the United Nimba Citizens' Council only after ALL chapter leaders of the active chapters of UNICCO have ratified it.  The ratification shall be a three-step process to include a thorough review by a Constitutional Advisory Committee, a two thirds majority vote of chapter leaders of active chapters, and signatures of the chapter presidents or leaders, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the President of UNICCO.  Thereafter, provisions of this Constitution may be altered, amended, or repealed ONLY by the Board of Directors at a Regular Board Session or at any of the meetings stipulated in Article IX, Sections 3 through 5 by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors, provided that the amendment has been circulated to members in writing directly or at a previous meeting no less than three months to the vote.

ARTICLE XXI: VOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION

In the event of a voluntary dissolution of the United Nimba Citizens' Council (UNICCO), the Board of Directors shall meet and identify ways to dispose of the organization's net assets on the basis of the purposes specified in Article II, Sections 1 through 6 of this Constitution.  The assets of UNICCO shall also be used to pay or sold to pay any debt UNICCO shall owe at the time of its dissolution

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