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Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit - Kristdemokraterna i Finland r.p.
(Christian Democrats in Finland)

Statutes for local branches

1 GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. § The name and location of the organisation
 The name of the organisation is Kristdemokraterna i Finland (KD)

 _____________________Local branch and the location is

_____________________ town/city/municipality.

The organisation is referred to as the local branch in the statutes.
 
2. §  The purpose of the local branch

The purpose of the local branch is to further the organisation of citizens who respect Christian values in political  activities under the leadership of Kristdemokraternas i Finland to establish a society based on the word of God. The local branch is a basic unit for the organisation Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit (KD)- Kristdemokraterna i Finland (KD) as well as to the district organisation in its area of operations.

3. §  The activities of the local branch

are to acquire funds through publishing, membership fees and collections. The local branch will, as needed, apply for permission for these activities.
To achieve its purpose, the local branch will carry out political information work, arrange meetings, lectures, festivities and studies and be responsible for the distribution of the publications of Kristdemokraterna i Finland and furthers the participation of its members in social activities as well as in local and national elections. The local branch can also, as a member, join organisations that will further the branch’s purposes.

The activities of the local branch must not be against the statutes of Kristdemokraterna i Finland or against the decision of the party organisations. The local branch has the right to own and administer property.

The local branch has the right to accept gifts and wills and to form funds and add to them.

II MEMBERSHIP

4. §  The members of the local branch

Every Finnish citizen or foreigner whose domicile, under the law of home municipality, lives in Finland and who approves of the purpose and goal of Kristdemokraterna i Finland can become a member of a local branch. The board of the local branch will make the decisions regarding approval of membership.

A member of a local branch or a person who applies for membership in a local branch must not be a member of any other party. A member of a local branch can only be a member of the local branch at the place of residence.

5. §  Membership fee

A member of a local branch is to pay a membership fee to the local branch that includes fees to the municipal organisation of the local branch as well as the district organisation and the party and to the organisations to which the local branch belongs.

The size of the membership fee for the following calendar year will be decided at the autumn meeting of the local branch.

The membership fees for the district organisation and the municipal organisation as well as for the organisations in which the local branch is a member are accounted for at the times stated in the statutes for these organisations.

The meeting of the local branch has the right to decide if its members at times should pay additional membership fees in order to maintain the activities at an effective level.

6. §  Cancelling of membership and exclusion of a member

A member who intends to leave the local branch should make the board or its chairman aware of this intention in writing or state the intention at the meeting of the local branch.

The board can exclude a member whose activities are against the purpose of the local branch. A member who has failed to pay the membership fee for two (2) consequtive years will be seen as having left the local branch.

III ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANISATION

7. §  The leaders of the local branch

The branch meeting has the right to make decisions. At the autumn meeting of the local branch, a board will be elected to take care of the tasks stated in the statutes as well as those tasks assigned to it by the meeting of the local branch.

In the election of the administrative body of the local branch, the principles of the law on equality of men and women should be observed as far as possible, meaning that men and women should be represented by at least 40% each in the administrative organisation.

8. §  Meetings of the local branch

The spring meeting of the local branch is held in February-March and the autumn meeting in October-December on the day set by the board. Additional meetings are held on a monthly basis if possible.  The board of the local branch will send out summons for the meetings.

Summons for the spring and autumn meetings are to be sent out at least seven (7) days ahead of the meeting through advertising in a newspaper specified by the autumn meeting or be sent to the members at least two (2) weeks ahead of the meeting. Summons to additional meetings should be sent to the members in writing at least three (3) days before the meeting or through advertising in a newspaper specified by the autmn meeting.

9. §  Participants in the local branch meetings

All members of a local branch have the right to take part in the meetings.

10. §  The right to free speech and to make suggestions

In addition of the members of the local branch, representatives of the party and district boards have the right to free speech at the meetings as well as those to whom the meeting decides to grant such rights.

Points raised by members at a meeting can be discussed at the meeting but not decided on.

If a member wishes a specific point to be raised at the meeting of the local branch, he should report this in writing to the board at least two (2) weeks before the meeting. The board is to prepare the point and include it on the agenda.

11. §  Voting and elections

At the meetings, each member who has paid the membership fee and who is 15 years of age or above has one vote. In votes that concern national and municipal elections, only those members who have the  right to vote in these elections have a vote.

The vote is carried out openly. Elections are carried out using ballot voting. If the votes are even, the chairman’s vote will decide, apart from elections, where it is decided by lot.

12. §  The spring meeting

At the spring meeting, the following points are to be included on the agenda:

1. Noting who is taking part in the meeting as well as that the meeting is lawfully summoned and constitutes a quorum.

2. Election of chairman and secretary for the meeting, two persons to approve the minutes and a person to count votes

3. The local branch’s annual report is presented and a decision is made on approval of the report.

4. The local branch’s accounts are presented as well as the report from the auditors regarding the finances and the administration and a decision is made on the approval of the accounts and of discharge of liability for those reponsible.

5. Decisions on additional points in the summons.

13. §  The autumn meeting

At the autumn meeting, the following points are to be included on the agenda:

1. Noting who is taking part in the meeting as well as that the meeting is lawfully summoned and constitutes a quorum.

2. Election of chairman and secretary for the meeting, two persons to approve the minutes and a person to count votes

3. Decision on the number of members of the board.

4. Election of the chairman of the board for the next calendar year, the chairman is also summoned to be the chairman of the local branch.

5. Election of board members for the next calendar year.

6. Election of two auditors and two deputy auditors to review the financial reports and administration for the follwing year.

7. Election of the local branch’s representatives and personal deputies for the party meetings for the following calendar year.

8. Election of the local branch’s representatives and personal deputies for the district organisation meetings for the following calendar year.

9. Election of the local branch’s representatives and personal deputies for the municipal organisation’s meetings for the following calendar year.

10. Election of the local branch’s representatives for the organisation of which the local branch is a member.

11. Approval of the activity plan for the following year.

12. Decision on the size of the membership fee for the follwing calendar year.
 
13. Approval of the budget for the following year.
 
14. Making a decision on a newspaper in which newspaper the meeting summons are to be published.

15. Decision on the points in the meeting summons.

14 §  Other points that concern the local branch meetings.
 
Well in advance of general elections the meeting should, after a proposal from the board of the local branch

1. Nominate candidates for members to vote on for the parliament election according to 28 och 29 § in the party statutes

2. Make decisions on election alliances in municipal elections and on nominating candidates for election lists according to 32 § in the party statutes, or give the board the right to form alliances and nominate candidates.

3. Make decisions regarding other issues relating to elections

15. §  The board of the local branch

The errands and activities of the local branch are handled by the board as a lawful body

The board consists of the chairman and two (2) to six (6) other members elected by the autumn meeting. The board members are elected for one calendar year at a time from the members of the local branch.

The board will annually, before the 10 January, elect a deputy chairman and appoint a secretary and a board member responsible for the economy.

The board meeting constitutes a quorum when half the members, including the chairman or the deput chairman, are present.

16. §  The tasks of the board

The board will

1. as the leading body of the local branch take care of the local branch’s interests according to the decisions of the meetings and according to the statutes and the organisations law, execute the decisions of the meetings and prepare issues to be raised at the meetings

2. approve members for the local branch

3. take care of the party’s election work within the local branch’s own area

4. make proposals to those elected to represent the party in the administrative bodies of the municipalities and municipal cooperation organisations and together with the council group lead the municipal politics, even if the municipality does not have a municipal organisation

5. Present the membership fees that are relevant to the district organisation and the party as well as make a list of the local branch members that have paid the membership fee. This is to be done annually, before the end of the month of December. The local brandh should also present a review of the membership fees of the organisations of which the local branch is a member

6.  Supply annual reports and statistics as needed for the district organisation’s office

7.  Annually, before 15 January, report the names and addresses of the representatives and deputies elected for the party and district organisation meetings as well as the names and addresses of board members to the district organisation board

8. Prepare and present the annual report for the past year at the spring meeting of the local branch

9. Present the financial report and the auditor’s report to the local branch’s spring meeting

10. Prepare and present the activity plan and the budget for the next year to the local branch’s autumn meeting

11. Be responsible for education and information in the area covered by the local branch

12. Appoint committees as needed

13. Summon meetings of the local branch

14. Further and supervise the party’s activities in the in the area covered by the local branch in other matters

IV  GENERAL REGULATIONS

17. §  The finances of the local branch
The financial period of the local branch is a calendar year. The financial reports as well as other documents dealing with the activities are to be handed over to the auditors before the end of January, who will audit the financial report and the administration. The auditors will hand over the audit report to the board well in advance and at the latest two (2) weeks before the spring meeting.

18. §  Signatories

The local branch signatories are two of the three persons elected as chairman, deputy chairman and secretary.

19. §  Additional regulations

In matters where there is no entry in the statutes the law govering organisations should be observed.

V  CHANGING THE STATUTES

20. § These statutes can be changed by the local branch meeting after a proposal from the board. The written proposal f or the change should be handed over to the board at least one month before the local bramch meeting at which the change should be discussed. The proposal for change is approved if it is supported by at least two thirds (2/3) of the given votes. Changing the statutes also requires the approval of the party board of Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit - Kristdemokraterna i Finland r.p.

VI ENDING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE LOCAL BRANCH

21. § If the local branch decides to end its activities or the activities are ended, its assets will be turned over to the district organisation within the Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit - Kristdemokraterna i Finland r.p.
the local branch has belonged to
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The statutes have been approved by the KD party board meeting on 1 September 2001

The statutes have been pre-approved by the organisation registry on 13 September 2001.