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Section 13.4. Section 13.4. There will be an Electoral Commission to be responsible for the fair, transparent and independent conduct of elections and referendums.
Adding provision of Constituency Associations
Section 13.4. There will be an Electoral Commission to be responsible for the fair, transparent and independent conduct of elections and referendums. The Electoral Commission will also sponsor and administer non-Party Constancy Associations to facilitate the close relationship between electors and their Member of Parliament. The CA will be the basis for liaison in Article 6, 4.1/ 5.5/ 13.1/13.2 (am’d)/ and the nomination of expert members of independent commissions
Section 13.4. Adding (non- Party) Constituency Associations. This is one of three related amendments 5.4, 13.2 & 13.4 which together extend popular democracy into Parliament itself. It addresses the power and influence of lobbying and special interest groups over the drafting of legislation. Adopting these three Sections enables Parliament to secure truly independent specialist advice by empowering the electorate (1) to nominate their own experienced and expert Members to all Select Commissions and (2) requires an independent Commission Report to be published prior to any new or revised legislation being enacted by Parliament.
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Ethics committee new section 13.5
Section 13.5 Add;
An Ethics committee shall be appointed to look into all matters surrounding claims against a standing member of parliament. This ethics committee shall, under law, have the right to impose fines, and recommend criminal action, against the accused, or the accuser. This commission shall comprise of an odd number, with no abstention allowed on a verdict. The chair shall only vote, in the case of a tie. No member of the ethics committee shall be a sitting or past Member of the Scottish parliament. All members of the ethics committee, will provide legal consent to have their information provided.