Elections of the Central Committee

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Dear CEC members,

Through this letter, I wish to inform you of the procedure for the election of the new Central Committee members at the 14th Assembly.

Elections Central Committee

In article 18 of the Transitional Provisions is proposed that the new Constitution shall come into force when adopted by the Assembly in 2013. The 2013 Assembly would be convened and operate under the provisions of the present constitution, bye-laws and Assembly standing orders; that of the next Assembly would be convened and operate under the provisions of the new constitution. For legal reasons, regardless of the outcome of the constitutional revision process, the 14th Assembly will be convened and operate under the provisions of the current Constitution, its Bye-Laws and Assembly Standing Orders.

Elections have to take place under the existing regulations. Article 6 (3) of the actual Constitution states that the size of the Central Committee shall be determined by the Assembly.

It also states that the term of office of the Central Committee shall commence at the closure of the Assembly at which it is elected. Similarly its term of office shall end at the commencement of the term of office of a newly elected Central Committee.

So the Assembly will elect a new governing board following the actual Constitution, after having decided the number of future Central Committee members based on this article of the Constitution.

Who can be elected?

The election of the Central Committee shall be conducted by secret, written ballot. It is the role of the Nominations Committee to make proposals to the Assembly regarding the election of the members of the Central Committee, subject to the terms of § 8(2)1 of the Bye-laws:

§ 8(2)1 The delegates appointed by the member churches in accordance with § 7(3) and (4)2, those attending the Assembly as their alternates and the members of the former Central Committee at the time of the Assembly may be elected to the Central Committee.

§ 7(3) The member churches shall notify the General Secretary of the names of their elected delegates no later than 7 months before each Assembly. Should a delegate be unable to attend, the member church concerned may appoint an alternate, normally in the same category, and shall notify the General Secretary immediately.

In making its proposals the Nominations Committee shall respect the provisions of § 5 of the Bye-laws and shall ensure - in so far as the composition of the Assembly permits - that at least 40% of the candidates are women, at least 40% are men and at least 20% are under 30 years of age.

§ 5 In the Assembly, the Central Committee, bodies established under the terms of § 1 and the General Secretariat of the Conference, the different confessions and regions of Europe shall be appropriately represented. In addition, balanced representation of leading church officials, parish ministers and lay persons, men, women and young people, should be respected as far as possible.

Should the interpretation or application of the criteria in the previous article be called in question, a decision shall be taken in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Assembly.

I thank you for your understanding and may we offer our prayers for the future that awaits us all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr Guy Liagre

General Secretary