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Section 4.10. All persons, with a minimum of five years’ work experience outwith the political field and eligible to vote in elections for the Scottish Parliament, are eligible to stand for election to Parliament. No person who holds executive, administrative, military, diplomatic or judicial public office (other than Ministerial office) may be elected to Parliament unless they resign from the incompatible office. All candidates for election will be selected at constituency level.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:40:47

    Section 4.10. Section 4.10. All persons, with a minimum of five years’ work experience outwith the political field and eligible to vote in elections for the Scottish Parliament, are eligible to stand for election to Parliament. No person who holds executive, administrative, military, diplomatic or judicial public office (other than Ministerial office) may be elected to Parliament unless they resign from the incompatible office. All candidates for election will be selected at constituency level.

      • Caledonialan

        Section 4.10. It might be possible to provide for leave of absence from an incompatible office, for the duration of the elected mandate, rather than resignation

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      • Caledonialan

        Section 4.10. The reference to selection of candidates presupposes a party system, but it should be possible for independent candidates to stand for election without any selection process.

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      • Caledonialan

        Section 4.10. There should perhaps be provision for excluding those convicted of (certain) criminal offences.

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      • Caledonialan

        Section 4.10. The parenthesis "(other than Ministerial office)" might also be reconsidered. In the UK and Scottish parliaments, it is considered axiomatic that ministers be members of parliament. In France, the approach is somewhat different. A member of the French national assembly who is appointed minister relinquishes his or her seat to a deputy, who has full time to represent the constituency, for the duration of the ministerial mandate. Ministers may appear and speak before the national assembly, but do not take part in voting. Thus ministers and constituency representatives both have full-time, but completely separate, jobs. This is a model worth considering.

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