Par. 43 – 45: Vacancy of a Board Member position

43. The office of Board Member shall be vacated in the instance of any of the following events:(i) Upon the Board Member’s formal notice, in writing, to the Secretariat, informing of her/his resignation and explaining the reason. (ii) Upon the death or incapacitation of the Board Member to fulfil the inherent duties of his/her position. (iii) The severance of the Board Member’s affiliation with the Member organization s/he represents. (iv) By a well-documented and verifiable evidence of violation of HIC Constitution or By-laws or by failure to subscribe to or act in accordance with the responsibilities of a Board Member (see paragraphs 62 to 67 of this By-law).

44. The HIC Members and Board Members can submit a petition to the Board proposing removal of a Board Member for its evaluation. The approval must be signed by at least three-fourth (3/4) of the disinterestedBoard members. This petition must be submitted at least four (4) weeks before any regular or extraordinary Board meeting. Notice of the petition for removal shall be delivered to the Board Member proposed for removal at least two (2) weeks prior to the next duly constituted Board meeting.

Said Member shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting prior to any vote on removal. The Board may then vote and the removal of said Member will require the favorable vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the disinterested presentBoard members.

45. If a vacancy of an elected Board member arises as a result of any of the causes described in paragraph 43 of this By-law, the region affected by this vacancy shall elect a new representative to the Board, as established in paragraphs 27 to 36 of this By-law.


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