Par. 51 – 53: Vacancy of the President

51. The office of President shall be vacated in the instance of any of the following events: (i) Upon the President’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 President to fulfil the inherent duties of his/her position. (iii) The severance of the president’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 her/his responsibilities (see paragraphs 54 to 61 of this By-law). The GS shall make a call for candidates and for an election process as soon as possible in accordance with Article 9 of HIC’s Constitution and following the procedure described in this By-law, providing that the balance of the term is of at least two (2) years. If the remaining term of office is less than two (2) years, the Board will appoint a replacement from among its Members to complete the term of office.

52. The HIC Members and Board Members can submit a petition to the Board proposing removal of the President for its evaluation. The approval must be signed by at least three-fourth (3/4) of the Board 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 President at least two (2) weeks prior to the next duly constituted Board meeting.

The President 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 the President will require the favourable vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the present Board Members.

53. The GS bears the responsibility to ensure that the process of removing the President from office takes place by making a call for vote. to HIC Members with right to vote. Before casting their vote, these organisations shall receive full information on the causes of the President removal petition, signed by at least three quarters (3/4) of the Board Members, as well as the opinion from the rest of the Board Members and the President him/herself. The confirmation of removal requires the favourable vote of at least 20 percent of current HIC Members, provided that at least 10 percent of HIC Member organisations of the regions approved by the Board participate in the vote.


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