|African Unification Front
|THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AUF
DOCUMENT OF PROVISIONS OF THE AUF
Provision 1: Name
Provision 2: Administrative Provisions
Provision 3: Mission of the AUF
Provision 4: Implementing Provisions
Provision 5: Structure of the African Unification Front
Provision 6: Membership
Provision 7: Advisory Council
Provision 8: Special Control
Provision 9: Council for Strategy & Policy Co-ordination
Provision 10: General Council
Provision 11: General Secretary
Provision 12: Deputy General Secretary
Provision 13: President
Provision 14: Disciplinary Committee
Provision 15: Secretariat
Provision 16: Statutory Policy Committees
Provision 17: Evaluation and Monitoring
Provision 18: Policy & Legislative Committees
Provision 19: Organs of the AUF
Provision 20: AUF Meetings, Conferences & Conventions
Provision 21: Awards & Violations
Provision 22: Locations & Equipment
Provision 23: Candidates
PROVISION 1: NAME
The name of the organization shall be African Unification Front (AUF) referred to in these provisions as the AUF, or as the Front, or as the African Front.
PROVISION 2: ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
Article I: Meaning of Terms
“Provisions of the AUF” shall mean the constitution of the AUF.
Article II: Purpose of Provisions
The purpose of the Provisions of the African Unification Front is to facilitate the accomplishment of the mission of the AUF.
Article III: Methods
1. The AUF uses its organs to study and understand the structures of African society, and the public benefits from the initiatives and experience of the AUF.
2. The AUF in conjunction with relevant state and institutional bodies and persons, shall monitor the implementation of relevant laws on African unification, call on organizations and individuals to implement and facilitate the accomplishment of relevant tasks, treaties and procedures, in order to fulfill the mission and mandate of the AUF.
3. The AUF fosters effective strategies for increasing Africa's wealth through facilitating cooperation and integration within Africa. By helping Africa achieve efficiencies in its operations and services, existing resources will be freed to provide improved services, rebuild Africa’s environment, optimize its infrastructure, and help make government in Africa more socially responsible.
4. AUF policies and developments are shared with African leaders for consideration and implementation and with the African public to provide them information necessary to participate in informed dialogues on public issues. The AUF research and public forums will encourage individual and community participation and involvement in Africa.
5. The Secretariat of the AUF is comprised of individuals with extensive experience in organizing African communities, who are intimately familiar with issues that affect Africans all over the world.
6. The AUF organizes its capacities in order to execute decisive measures wherever and whenever possible, and aims to influence the local, state, national and international structures in order to effect policies favourable to the fulfillment of its mission.
PROVISION 3: MISSION
The AUF is a historic and global organization that is working to consolidate Africa into a unified political, social, and economic entity, by, among other things, engaging the broad masses of Africans in the process of integration.
The AUF is working to:
a]Consolidate the provisions of the African Union and all pertinent treaties, including the establishment and empowerment of a legislative assembly [Pan-African Parliament] consisting of elected representatives of communities from all of Africa, with the mandate to govern and manage Africa's resources in ways that are beneficial to all Africans.
b] Strengthen African legality, including supporting the establishment of the African Court of Justice, based initially on the Banjul Protocol (the African Charter of Peoples and Human Rights), with the mandate to
build a comprehensive body of functional African law and justice.
c] Create the African Defence Force, with the mandate to defend African sovereignty against any and all external military threats. Groundwork for the formation of the African Defence Force was laid down in 1988 by the OAU General Assembly. The forces will secure coastal waters, strategic facilities, as well as guarantee the safety of African communities.
d] Create the African Central Bank, with the mandate to establish an economic stabilization fund, and to oversee the creation and management of a single African currency, a single African Free Trade Area, and a Common External Tarrif.
e] Create the African Council of Research with the mandate to establish and to oversee the technological advancement of Africa, secure funding for ecologically sound management of Africa's watersheds and vast animal life, and oversee the integration of the education system in Africa.
f] End displacement of communities, and bring an end to the continuing political and social repression of Africans everywhere. The AUF aims to facilitate an end to interstate and intrastate warfare in Africa, and
lead the struggle for peaceful and productive community relations.
g] Do all other things that will guarantee the future integrity and wholeness of Africa as a single nation with all the appropriate organs, rights, and privileges befitting a united and sovereign people.
PROVISION 4: IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS
Article I. Effectiveness
1. These, the Provisions of the AUF, shall come into effect as of 1st October 1996.
2. In order to increase the effectiveness of the organs of the AUF, the Secretariat, the Council Advisors, the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, and the members of AUF shall, WITHIN PERVIEW of their respective duties and powers, organize, or revise the provisions in order to repeal, amend, supplement, issue new regulations according to these provisions, OR shall request, defer to, and appeal to the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination or it's appointed representatives to repeal, amend, supplement, or issue new regulations in accordance with the provisions of the Front.
Article II. Guidelines for the Implementation of Provisions
1. In the process of establishment of new organs, or in the event of administrative emergency, or failure of leadership, the AUF shall be governed by the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, which shall make detailed regulations and provide guidance for the implementation of the AUF Provisions.
2. In the normal course of the life of the AUF, the provisions shall facilitate and help to guide the leaders and members of the AUF in their fulfillment of the mission of the AUF.
PROVISION 5: STRUCTURE OF THE AFRICAN UNIFICATION FRONT
Article I: Organizational Structure
1. The AUF is organized as a unified and centralized system, comprising members and executive organs, assisted by, administered or co-ordinated by the Secretariat as the AUFs central executive organ, that administers sub-ordinate organs around the world.
2. The organizational structure, duties and powers of the executive organs of the AUF, are stipulated in the Document of Provisions, referred to here as The Provisions of the AUF. This, the “Document of Provisions” is the constitution and administrative manual of the African Unification Front.
3. The AUF consists of the following structures:
[a] General Conventions/Assemblies
[b] Membership Forums
[c] Council of Advisors and Community Elders
[d] Council of Strategy and Policy coordination
[f] General Council
[g] Legislative & Policy Committees
[h] Administrative and Budgetary Committee
[i] Directorial & Executive Organs
[j] Parliamentary Wing
Article II: Leadership
1. The Secretariat’s senior official, hereinafter referred to as 'General Secretary' is a member of the AUF and shall be responsible for the leadership and management of the AUF within the rights and duties as stipulated in The Provisions.
Article III: The General Secretary shall have the following duties and powers:
a. Directing and organizing the implementation of the duties and powers of the Secretariat of the AUF as set out in the Provisions of the AUF;
b. Being responsible for and to all the AUF organs;
Article IV. The President is not a member of the Secretariat. S/he has the following duties and powers:
a. Directing and organizing the implementation of the duties and powers of Monitoring and Evaluation as set out in the Provisions of the AUF;
b. Facilitating and organising the management of AUF membership concerns and increasing membership participation in the life and direction of the AUF.
Article V. The Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, shall have the following powers and duties:
a. Directing and organizing the implementation of the strategic duties and emergency powers in the administration of the AUF.
b. Delegating powers temporarily from time to time, to organs of the AUF.
c. Safeguarding the original vision, intent, attitude, and mission of the AUF.
d. The Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination of the AUF shall be the juridical person for the AUF;
e. The President of the AUF, the Chair of the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, the AUF General Secretary, and Founder of the AUF shall share status as Co-Chairs of the AUF. The capacity of Chair of the AUF confers no privileges or authority beyond that accorded the holders of this title by their other capacities in the AUF, except the following: in the event that the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination violates Provisions 8 and 9 of the AUF Document of Provisions, the Co-Chairs of the AUF may intervene together to make binding resolutions requiring the AUFCSPC to adhere to the Provisons.
f. No one may be a Chair of the AUF who is not currently serving as President, General Secretary, Chair of the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination or Founder of the AUF.
Article VI. Organs and Representatives
1. AUF organs that are subordinate units under the Secretariat are subject to the unified and centralized leadership and management of the organs of the Secretariat, the Councils, the members of the AUF, and of the general conventions and best practices of the struggle for African unity.
Article VII. AUF organs carry out and exercise the following duties and powers as authorized by the Provisions:
a. Supervise and inspect AUF activities in the policy or geographical area of which they are assigned;
b. Issue or participate in the establishment and operation of AUF projects and assignments;
c. Decide on the dissolution, separation, integration or merger of AUF institutions and projects in the policy or geographical area of which they are in charge;
d. Provide leadership, guidance, and other AUF services to members and supporters of the AUF, and to institutions, in ways that are relevant to the mission of the AUF;
e. Conduct other authorizations in accordance with applicable AUF provisions;
f. AUF Representative offices and organs are subordinate units of the AUF organs and function as representative in accordance with the authorization by the Secretariat or higher AUF authorities.
g. This, the AUF Document of Provisions, provides regulations on the specific organizational structure, the duties and powers of the units, organs, sections, and representatives of the AUF Secretariat and other AUF structures.
Article VIII. Subordinate Units
1. The Secretariat shall have its administrative units to carry out the duties of training, research, provision of services, information and press services with respect to AUF activities.
2. The General Secretary shall, with the collaboration of other ranking AUF authorities, decide on the establishment of subordinate units under the Secretariat for the purpose of providing specialized services to service AUF activities.
3. The Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination shall, when necessary, authorize the establishment of complementary AUF organs or units to assist the secretariat, or for purposes unrelated to the secretariat for the provision of specialized services to accomplish the AUF mission.
Article IX. Organisational and Parliamentary Wings
1. The Organisational and Parliamentary wings of the AUF each have clearly defined and separate roles. The Organisational wing advises the Parliamentary wing, particularly on the development of policies.
2. The Organisational wing is responsible for:
[i] the Front's ‘Platform’ - the broad statement of AUF intentions;
[ii] pre-selection of the Front’s candidates for elections;
[iii] management and conduct of election campaigns;
3. The Parliamentary wing of the AUF is made up of International, All-African Union, Regional, State and local parliamentarians.
4. The Parliamentary wing is responsible for:
[i] the representation of electorates held by AUF Members of Parliament
[ii] the AUF policies, strategies and parliamentary priorities guided by the principles contained in the AUF Mission Statement and Policies.
PROVISION 6: MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATION
Article I: Duties and Responsibilities of delegates and organizers
1. To represent and protect the standing and advancement of AUF members within the AUF decision making structure.
2. To provide an organizational identity for AUF members engaged in unification efforts and practice.
3. To promote and disseminate the understanding of AUF theory and knowledge within communities and the public.
4. To effect liaisons with other organizations who share common objectives for unification and the advancement of AUF policy, ideology, and practice.
5. To advocate for the highest standards of participation in the mission and cause of the AUF.
6. Using focus groups, conventions and other membership participation systems the President of the AUF provides members with a means to participate in the AUF decision making structure, and ensures that AUF leaders and members are accountable to each other, and that together they can further the goals and mission of the AUF.
7. Membership units/cells/associations select and support candidates in local elections. They select and support prospective parliamentary candidates for each constituency covered by the AUF unit.
Article II: Composition of Membership
1. Membership in the AUF is free and by acknowledgement. There is no membership fee.
2. Anyone may become a member, and shall remain a member as long as they respect the rules of the AUF;
Article III: The objectives of the membership groups shall include:-
1. to affiliate to the African Front;
2. to recruit new members to the Front;
3. to raise funds to support community, state,and international activities;
4. to promote, and increase understanding of, the mission, activities and ideology of the Front;
5. to select and support African Front candidates in elections;
PROVISION 7: ADVISORY COUNCIL
Article I: Duties of the Advisory Council of the African Unification Front
The Advisory Council has the following major functions:
1. Advising the General Secretary, advising the President of the AUF, advising the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, and advising the members of the Secretariat, and advising other ranking AUF leaders in matters pertaining to the mission and cause of the AUF organs.
2. To aid the Secretariat and other organs of the AUF in setting objectives and priorities by providing advice and expertise based on seniority, experience, and knowledge of matters of organization capacity, African and international affairs, and other important affairs.
Article II: Powers and Rights of the Advisory Council:
1. The members of the Advisory Council function exclusively as advisors and are called on from time to time by the General Secretary or other leaders of the AUF to provide advice on issues.
2. Members of the Advisory Council may serve in other capacities on the Secretariat or in other AUF organs. However, they must step off the Advisory Council in order to chair a Permanent Committee other than the Advisory Council or a subcommittee of the Advisory Council.
3. The advice of a member of the Advisory Council is not an instruction, and the resolutions of the council are not binding on the Secretariat or on any other organs.
4. The Council of Advisors assists the members of the Council of Strategy and Policy Co-ordination in selecting the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination when the past Chair retires or is no longer able to serve as Chair.
5. The members of the advisory council are permanent members and may be removed only in the case of a violation of the provisions, and in accordance with the relevant disciplinary or special control provisions.
Article III: The Advisory Council shall consist of:
1. Past General Secretaries and reputable members of the Secretariat
2. Eminent members of the African and international communities
Article IV: Terms of membership:
All members of the Advisory Council are Honorary Lifetime Directors of the AUF. Members of the Advisory Council may remain on the Council of Advisors permanently.
PROVISION 8: SPECIAL CONTROL
Article I. Report on Difficulties
When there is no established functionality, or when there is inability to perform assignments, AUF organs shall immediately report to the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination of their operational status, the reasons thereof and measures already taken and proposed to be taken to address the situation.
Article II. The entire Document of Provisions of the AUF does NOT empower General Council, the Secretariat, or any other organ or leader of the AUF, to make a provision amending or repealing any of the essential powers mandated by the Special Control Provision (see Provision 8, Art.VII-2e). In the event of contradiction within the Provisions, amendments or other AUF documents, the Special Control Provision takes precedence.
Article III. Definition of Special Control
1. Special control is the state where an individual or AUF organ (committee, assessment team, directorate) is put under the direct control of the Special Control Executive due to the risk of becoming dysfunctional.
2. The Special Control Executive shall be responsible for inspecting, discovering in a timely fashion any events of potential trouble.
Article IV. Conditions for the Application of Special Control
An AUF organ or agent (including the entire Secretariat) may be put under the Special Control Provision in the following cases:
1. The organ is new and still under construction;(the agent is new and still under training)
2. There is a potential risk of disuse and misdirection;
3. Damage to the reputation or mission of the AUF;
4. Failure to carry out assignments or to follow the Provisions of the AUF.
Article V. Authority to Declare or Impose Special Control
1. Only the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination has the right to issue the decision to put AUF organs under Special Control.
Article VI. A decision to put an organ under the state of Special Control shall include the following:
1. Name of the organ to be put under special control;
2. Reasons for the special control;
3. Full name of members and specific duties of the special control team (also special control executive) appointed by the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, to assist in the implementation of the Special Control provision;
4. Duration of Special Control.
5. The decision on special control shall be notified by the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination to relevant parties for coordination in the implementation of such decision.
Article VII. Duties, Powers and Responsibilities of the Special Control Team
1. The Special Control Executive is an instrument of the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination. The Special Control Executive shall have the following duties:
a) To direct the Secretariat, the committees, the President, the General Secretary and/or other leaders of the AUF to prepare a plan to improve its organization and operation;
b) To direct and supervise the implementation of the measures set forth in the AUF improvement plan, as approved by the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination;
c) To report to the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination on the operational performance of the AUF and results of the implementation of the improvement plan.
2. The Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination shall have the following powers:
a) To suspend any activities not in compliance with the approved plan to improve the organization and operation, or not in compliance with the policies applicable to AUF activities, or to suspend all activities and policies which may be detrimental to the interests of the AUF mission;
b) If considered necessary, to suspend temporarily, conditionally, or indefinitely the rights of any member of the Secretariat, leadership, or the AUF committees, the General Secretary or Deputy General Secretary or President to take part in the administration, management or control of the AUF;
c) To instruct the Secretariat, or the General Secretary, or other leaders to remove from office or suspend any AUF official who commits a violation of AUF provisions or fails to comply with the approved plan on improvement of the organization and operations;
d) To propose and implement plans to improve the operations of the mission of the AUF.
e) All essential powers of the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination are inviolable. The Special Control Provision may not at any time, be amended or modified in any substantive way, except with the express permission of the Founder of the AUF. In the event of the Founder's retirement, this function is to be performed by the longest serving of the Chairs of the AUF, or someone of equivalent stature as the founder in the operations and history of the AUF.
Article VIII. Responsibilities of the Secretariat under the Special Control
The Secretariat of the AUF under Special Control shall be responsible for:
1. Preparing and submitting to the Special Control Executive for approval a plan to improve the organization and operations of the AUF and organizing the implementation of such plan;
2. Continuing the administration, control and management of operations and assuring the safety of the operations of the AUF, except in the cases where the Chair of the Council for Strategy and policy Co-ordination requires otherwise;
3. Complying with any requests of the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination on the organization, administration, control and management of the AUF.
Article IX. Rights of Non-Secretariat Committees and Organs during Special Control
During the inspection of the Special Control Executive and designated assessors, AUF committees and organs conducting AUF activities shall have the following rights:
1. To request the Special Control Executive to comply in good faith, with the spirit of the historic mission of the AUF, as defined by the provisions and other AUF documnents, by proofs, and by precedents within the AUF.
2. To appeal the decision of the Special Control Executive to the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, for reconsideration.
Article X. Termination of Special Control
The state under which Special Control has been invoked and applied, shall terminate in the following cases:
1. The AUF resumes its normal operations;
2. The historic mission of the AUF is no longer under threat;
3. The new organ is able to function properly without the direct intervention and supervision of the Special Control Executive or other instruments of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination;
4. The state of special control shall be terminated by a decision of the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination of the AUF. That decision shall be notified to all concerned organs and persons.
PROVISION 9: COUNCIL FOR STRATEGY AND POLICY CO-ORDINATION
Article I: DUTIES & OBLIGATIONS
1. The Council is judicial and acts as the last internal court of appeal in the affairs of the AUF. The CSPC's authority is mandated by Provision-8 of the AUF Constitution. Under the Provision-8 the CSPC may under certain circumstances have control superceding that of the general membership, or of any other AUF organs.
2. Members of the CSPC are persons who defend the mission and validate the policies that guide the overall strategy of the AUF.
3. Members of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination must have a thorough knowledge of the operations and history of the AUF, and must demonstrate extraordinary discipline, leadership capacity, and commitment to the spirit of the founder and early framers of the AUF. The members must have proven experience or interest in consolidating and furthering the aims and the objectives of the AUF.
4. All the members of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination are ex-officio members of all AUF organs.
5. The Chair of the Council declares, oversees and terminates the Special Control situations.
6. The CSPC approves the candidates for all of the key positions of leadership in the AUF.
7. When necessary the Council approves major expenditures, and authorizes direct actions by AUF members. The Council has the right and the power to control and dispose of all AUF property and funds of the AUF under the Special Control Provision.
8. The powers and rights of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination must be exercised only rarely and sparingly or when extraordinary circumstances call for such action. This is done only in order to ensure the safety of the AUF, or if the mission is being compromised, or in order to further the mission of the AUF. The Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, while it has regular and mandane contributions to make in the usual functions of the AUF, exercises its emergency or extraordinary powers ONLY under the Special Control Provision of the AUF. The Special Control instrument has specific and clear guidelines that may not be superceded and which allow for checks and balances, in order to protect other organs of the AUF against abuse by the CSPC.
9. When necessary the CSPC co-ordinates and directs all diplomatic, strategic, military and intelligence matters and questions that concern the AUF.
10. To provide, by ordinance, for the creation of offices, boards and commissions other than those required by the AUF Provisions, and for the appointment of persons to fill such offices, boards and commissions, and to prescribe their powers and duties and fix their compensation.
Artcle II: Composition Of Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination (CSPC)
1. The Council has two statutory members: a competent past General Secretary (or founder) of the AUF who serves as the Chair of the Council; and the current serving President of the AUF. In the case that the founder is no longer able to be chair of the Council, the members of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination shall select from among past General Secreataries a replacement to serve as chair of the council. Only a former General Secretary of the AUF, or a former Deputy General Secretary of the AUF may serve as chair of the Council.
2. Other members of the Council for Strategy & Policy Co-ordination are appointed by the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination with the assistance of the General Secretary, the President, and the members of the Secretariat of the AUF. Except for the President, all voting members of the Council serve indefinite terms. Permanent members must have served as non-voting members of the CSPC during which time they must have demonstrated capacity to generate coherent policy, and the ability for evaluation, review, and analysis of policy and implementation for the purpose of improving the Fronts ability to accomplish its mission.
3. The Council consists of no more than 8 permanent voting members, including the chair; one limited-term voting member who is the President of the AUF; and no more than 6 non-voting limited-tenure associate members.
Article III: Appointment of the Chair of the Council for Policy Co-ordination
1. The Chair of the Council is chosen by his/her peers on the Council, with the assistance, consultation and advise of the Council of Advisors, and the recommendations of the past chairs of CSPC.
2. S/he must be a past General Secretary or Deputy Secretary General. This requirement ensures that they Chair of the CSPC has prior experience running the AUF and understands how to be of use to the leaders and members of the AUF. Moreover, it means that the serving General Secretary does not have to report or answer to an inexperienced, unauthoritative and uncomprehending colleague in the event of Special Control or during regular strategic and policy discussions.
3. The Chair and the CSPC singly or together may delegate their/his/her authority to a specially constituted body known as the Special Control Executive (under P-8), or to some other structure or official for the purposes of appointing or electing a new Chair, or the appointment and selection of other members of the Council.
Article IV. Members Tenures and Council Management
1. Members of the Council have an indefinate tenure, and may only be removed by their peers on the Council with the approval of the Chair of the CSPC: if they pose a threat to the mission of the AUF; if they abuse their power and privileges; or if they are no longer able to perform their functions. Past members of the CSPC may serve on the Council of Advisors.
2. The Council devises its own internal administaritive controls in order to: manage transitions in its leadership; to manage the AUF with the view to supporting the mission of the AUF.
3. Although the Council may have a staff, the main substantive work occurs in the other departments and organs of the AUF and the Council members use these services. The President of the AUF is the memberships main liaison with the council and provides the council with membership evaluation or other analyses as needed to co-ordinate an elaborate structure for monitoring the implementation of policies. The council ensures co-ordination between policy-making, evaluation, and implementation.
PROVISION 10: AUF GENERAL COUNCIL
Article I. Structure and Composition
The affairs of the AUF shall be administered by the General Council that shall be composed of:
1. Council of Advisors and Community Elders
2. Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination
3. AUF Secretariat
4. Delegates from AUF constituency organizations
5. AUF President, AUF Parliamentary Leader, and other AUF Leaders
6. Representatives of major AUF organs and committees
7. AUF International, All-African Union, Regional and Local Office bearers
Article II. Duties and Powers of the General Council
The General Council shall perform the following duties and powers with respect to the management of the AUF:
1. To identify the current status and development of unification effort in order to formulate policies, plans or projects on consolidating the gains of Pan Africanism;
2. To promulgate unification policies and to provide guidance for their enforcement;
3. To draw up and implement programs for unification, integration, and positive relations between African communities;
4. To determine policies concerning African unity, and other policies in the Pan African effort, and policies concerning the development of constructive African participation within the economic, social, and political undertakings all over the world;
5. To organize and carry out research on African unification and Pan-Africanist matters, and to collect statistics and information on the African Union and African communities in Diaspora;
6. To carry out inspection and supervision of the application of the AUF Mission and Provisions, to impose sanctions on breaches of AUF principles, and to settle disputes in accordance with the provisions of this Code;
7. To develop international co-operation relations with Pan-Africanist organizations, international human and civil rights, research organizations and all other institutions, for the purpose of accomplishing the mission of the AUF;
8. The General Council shall oversee the welfare of the AUF; draft laws, ordinances and other documents concerning AUF activities, projects and operations; and promulgate regulations on AUF management under its jurisdiction;
9. Ensure that the organs of the AUF are managed efficiently and in accordance with AUF Provisions;
10. Establish good relations with like-minded organizations around the world and give AUF members the full benefit of such liaisons;
11. Where necessary create and constitute committees, sub-committees, assessment teams, and such other organs as are required to facilitate the fulfillment of the mission and aims of the AUF;
12. Delegate authority and decisions to permanent officials, issue directives, or recall and withdraw permission for AUF operations;
13. Organize and operate all the AUF organs in Africa and abroad; Control and inspect the implementation of directives and programs and control the implementation AUF activities everywhere; Control AUF relations with governments and other organizations and institutions, and perform other duties and powers in relation to the AUF in accordance with applicable Provisions.
14. The General Council of the AUF shall review and approve the general budget of the AUF.
15. The General Council is responsible for the AUF Parliamentary policy. The General Council is the AUF's highest forum for debating parliamentary policies. Resolutions of the General Council are binding on the AUF Parliamentary caucuses and all AUF public office holders.
Article III. Voting, Meetings and Conventions of the AUF General Council
1. The AUF General Council shall meet at such times and places as may be determined by:
[i] action of the General Council,
[ii] call of the President, General Secretary, or Chair of the AUF-CSPC
[iii] written request of 1/3 or more of its members.
2. The General Council may, without meeting together, transact business by mail. The General Secretary shall send out mail ballots on any question submitted by the President or by at least 1/5 of the members of the General Council. An appropriate and predetermined amount of time shall be allowed for the return of the votes cast, by mail, to the General Secretary.
3. The General Secretary shall establish procedures for identifying voters in a mail ballot, and may accept votes through any mail system, including facsimile and electronic mail, for which such procedures have been established.
[i] Votes from alternate regional representatives will be counted, in accordance with the ranking procedure of the region, only if the regional representative fails to respond to the ballot. If, at the expiration of the applicable period, a quorum of the General Council have not returned their votes, the measure being voted upon shall be deemed to have failed;
[ii] In all other cases, a majority of the votes returned shall carry the measure, except where a higher vote is required by the AUF Provisions. The General Secretary shall preserve all such votes until the next meeting of the General Council, at which meeting the General Council shall order the disposition of such votes.
4. At the discretion of the General Secretary, members of the General Council who are unable to be present and whose vote has not been cast by proxy or by mail, may be polled for the purpose of recording their vote on any roll call taken by the General Council.
5. A majority of the membership of the General Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings.
6. Upon appeal any member of the AUF, the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination shall consider the question of whether or not a decision of the General Council contravenes specified sections of the AUF Mission and Provisions. If the decision is vetoed by the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, it shall be declared null and void.
7. Between meetings of the AUF General Council, the management and control of the AUF’s affairs are vested in the AUF Secretariat as consistent with the Provisions.
Article IV. Limitations and Prohibitions on the Powers of the General Council
In order to maintain the coherence and sovereignty of the AUF in perpetuity, and to ensure that it achieves its mission to defend and protect the unity of Africans, the officials of the AUF General Council:
1. Shall not set up independent or autonomous branches of the AUF;
2. Shall use consensus in decision-making, including in the selection, election or appointment of key leaders;
3. Shall keep confidential the internal operations of the AUF General Council, its organs and shall observe the rights of the members in accordance with applicable provisions;
4. Shall not abuse their position, powers in order to take advantage of the AUF for personal interest;
5. Shall perform obligations of the office in accordance with applicable provisions;
Article V. Members, Organs and Committees of the General Council shall:
1. Comport with the requirements of the AUF Provisions and carry out such activities as may serve to promote the objectives of the AUF.
2. Decide, act and manage their affairs in conformity with the general disposition of the AUF and its Provisions.
3. If it becomes necessary for the General Council to dissolve an organ or committee, the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination will make the final decision in order to preserve the integrity of the historic mission of the AUF.
PROVISION 11. GENERAL SECRETARY
Article I: DUTIES
1. Convenes the Secretariat as and when necessary, by all means of choice, including electronically.
2. Acts as the Chief Spokesperson of the AUF in liaison with the Secretariat, the President of the AUF and the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, and maintains the correspondence of the AUF.
3. Runs the day-to-day activities of the AUF and provides leadership and counsel to the leaders and members of the AUF.
4. Oversees the execution of AUF policy and programs by the secretariat.
5. Writes annual report of AUF activities, and receives reports from AUF organs on schedule or upon request.
6. Ensures that activities of the AUF are concluded in accordance with AUF Provisions, and inspects at anytime the files of the secretaries of the AUF organs to make sure that they maintain proper AUF activities.
7. Together with the President, maintains a record of members of the AUF.
Article II: METHOD OF SELECTION
1. Candidates for the position of General Secretary are approved by the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination from among members of the secretariat. Whenever possible the approved candidates then compete and are elected by members delegates, or by the entire membership. The one with the highest individual votes becomes General Secretary, or the one with the highest representaional vote becomes the general Secretary. The decision on what kind of vote is to have precedence is determined by the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, prior to the election.
2. In the event that the conducting of an election is made impossible by circumstances, or if it is potentially damaging to the operation or mission of the of the AUF, the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination, alone (under the Special Control Provisions) or in consultation with other organs of the AUF will appoint a General Secretary.
3. If the AUFCSPC makes a determination for a representational election, the membership degates shall vote for the Secretary General. The delegations shall be representatives of AUF chapters and regional sectors. The arrangements and the sectoral structure for the elections shall be determined by a special AUF committee selected for the purpose.
Article III: TENURE
1. The General Secretary shall serve for no more than 3 consecutive 2-year terms.
PROVISION 12: DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY
Article I: DUTIES
1. Shall assist the General Secretary with all the duties of that office and shall assume those duties in the absence of the General Secretary.
2. Provides leadership and is the secretary of the Council of Advisors.
3. Oversees the execution of AUF policy and programs by the secretariat and offers counsel to all AUF members when necessary.
4. Writes annual report of AUF activities and receives reports from AUF organs on schedule of upon request.
5. Ensures that activities of the AUF are concluded in accordance with AUF Provisions, and inspects at anytime the files of the secretaries of the AUF organs to make sure that they maintain proper AUF activities.
6. Maintains a record of members, affiliates and supporters of the AUF.
Article II: METHOD OF SELECTION
1. The candidates for the position of Deputy General Secretary are appointed by the CSPC and when possible are elected by the general membership or delegates representatives of the general membership. The winner is declared Deputy General Secretary.
Article III: Tenure
1. The Deputy General Secretary shall serve no more than 3 consecutive 3-year terms.
PROVISION 13: PRESIDENT OF THE AUF
Article I: Duties
1. Is a statutory member of the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination;
2. Assists in the evaluation and monitoring of AUF activities, and prepares analyses, reports and recommendations for use by the relevant organs;
3. Chairs the membership conventions, and delegates authority to the leaders and organisers of AUF membership conventions, membership groups, branches etc,;
4. Oversees the welfare of members and ensures that they are treated properly by all the AUF organs;
5. Works closely with the General Secretary to make sure the AUF maintains integrity and relevance in addressing members concerns;
6. Oversees the election of the Secretary General and other ranking elected members of AUF organs.
Article II: Method of Appointment
1. Is elected by members of the General Council, or when necessary is appointed by the Chair of the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, to serve for a four (4) year renewable term.
PROVISION 14: DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
The objectives of the Disciplinary Committee of the Secretariat shall be to secure the safety of the system of operations of the AUF, to protect legitimate rights and interests of members as stipulated by the Provisions, to support the implementation of the mission and goals of the AUF. The Disciplinary Committee is the judicial arm of the AUF Secretariat and acts as the regular court of the AUF and as mediator in the case of internal disputes.
Article I. The scope of activities of the Disciplinary Committee comprises:
1. Ensuring the compliance with provisions, the implementation of the provisions and directives of the Secretariat.
2. Within its jurisdiction, detecting, preventing and dealing with violation of provisions; proposing to the competent organs solutions for the violation of provisions;
3. Proposing solutions for ensuring the enforcement of provisions.
4. Convening Administrative Tribunals, which must be conducted with fairness and impartiality.
Article II. Rights of the Disciplinary Committee
During the proceedings the Disciplinary Committee shall have the right to:
1. Request the inspected organs and other concerned parties to provide documents evidences and responses to matters relating to assignments;
2. Prepare the minutes of the proceedings and recommend measures to be taken;
3. Apply preventive measures and deal with violations in accordance with applicable articles of the Provisions of the AUF.
Article III. Responsibilities of the Disciplinary Committee
During the proceedings the Disciplinary Committee shall be responsible for:
1. Presenting the inspection decision to the Secretariat or other concerned AUF organ;
2. Conducting proper inspection procedures, not impending ordinary AUF activities or causing losses to the legitimate interests of the AUF organs;
3. Making reports to the President of the AUF on the results of the inspection and recommendations of measures to be taken;
4. Complying with applicable provisions, being responsible to the Secretariat and the AUF Provisions for conclusions and any act, decision made by the committee.
Article IV. Rights of AUF Committees and organs during the inspection of Disciplinary Committee
During the inspection of the Disciplinary Committee Assessor, AUF committees and organs conducting AUF activities shall have the following rights:
1. To request the Disciplinary Committee to comply with provisions on assessments, and in the case of a dispute with the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, the matter shall be settled by the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination.
Article V. Obligations of AUF Committees and Organs during Disciplinary Procedure
During the Judicial proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee, AUF organs shall have the following obligations:
1. To satisfy requirements made by the Disciplinary Committee with respect to the proceedings;
2. To comply with any decision made by the Disciplinary Committee.
Article VI. Chair of the Disciplinary Committee
The Chair of the Disciplinary Committee, shall perform the following duties:
a. To control activities of the organs of the AUF;
b. To conduct internal auditing with respect to AUF operations;
c. Note the violations of AUF instruments by the members and propose to the Secretariat the relevant measures for correcting and/or punishing the said violations.
d. The organization, specific duties and powers of the Chair of the Disciplinary shall be determined by the Special Control Executive.
e. To work closely with the President of the AUF.
PROVISION 15: SECRETARIAT
Reporting directly to the General Secretary, the AUF Secretariat has the following major functions:
1. To aid the AUF in setting its objectives and priorities by providing it with a comprehensive and coordinated service; co-ordinate and control the implementation of the major policy decisions reached by the General Council.
2. Serve as a unified control, legal and financial service for the General Council, the AUF Conventions, other AUF Organs, Policy Committees and organisers, and in this capacity advises them on organizational questions.
3. Follow-up on the implementation of the decisions of the General Council, AUF Conventions and organizers in addressing matters concerning privileges, rights, entitlements, and immunities of the AUF and its members.
4. Prepare the final versions of Texts, Agreements, Conventions, Treaties, Protocols, Rules of Procedure of AUF organs and conferences and propose changes thereof.
5. Provide liaison between the General Council and other AUF organs.
6. Represent the AUF at international conferences, and other negotiations.
7. Examine the requests for projects and relations with the AUF; submit those that meet the criteria to the General Council and follow-up on the relationship between the AUF and other organizations.
8. Interpret AUF provisions and other documents, texts and regulations etc.
9. Follow-up on the legal work and law making functions of the General Council with a view to ensuring that AUF activities are conducted in conformity with the AUF Provisions.
10. Determine the credentials and eligibility of all new applicants to the General Council.
11. Service all AUF committees and organs and maintain a record of members, affiliates and supporters of the AUF.
12. Organize the collection, analysis and forecast of African domestic and international information on any activities in order to formulate and implement the AUF mission. The AUF organs and committees shall be responsible for providing necessary information to the Secretariat.
13. Members of the AUF Secretariat shall serve as returning officers, for the elections in committees and organs of the General Council.
14. The Secretariat shall publish information on AUF activities. The General Secretary shall provide for the scope, form and timing of the publication of such information.
PROVISION 16: STATUTORY EXECUTIVE & DIRECTORIAL COMMITTEES OF THE SECRETARIAT
These shall be the: Administrative & Budgetary Committee; Disciplinary and Judiciary Committee.
Article I: Rights and Obligations of Executive Committees.
1. Their duties and relations to the rest of the secretariat as listed in the provisions may not be altered, except by the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination.
2. The Administrative & Budgetary Committee shall be the cabinet of the General Secretary.
3. The Disciplinary and Judiciary Committee shall be the court of the Secretariat, and shall work closely with the President of the AUF.
Article II: Composition of the Administrative & Budgetary Committee
The Administrative & Budgetary Committee shall consist of:
1. The General Secretary
2. Deputy General secretary
3. A team consisting of individuals selected from among members of the Secretariat. The appointments are made by the General Secretary.
The Disciplinary and Judiciary Committee shall consist of:
1. Chair of the Disciplinary Committee
2. At least two members of the AUF
Article III: Tenure
1. The tenure of the members of the Administrative & Budgetary Committee is determined at the discretaion of the General Secretary
2. The tenure of the members of the Disciplinary Committee is determined at the discretion of the Chair of the Disciplinary committee.
PROVISION 17: EVALUATION & MONITORING
Directorate of Evaluation and Monitoring.
Article I: Rights and Obligations
1. Their duties and relations to the rest of the secretariat as listed in the provisions may not be altered, except by the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination.
2. They shall work closely with the General Secretary, the Deputy General Secretary, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination.
Article II: Composition of the Directorate of Evaluation and Monitoring
1. The President of the AUF, who is the chair of the directorate;
2. Team consisting of AUF assessors.
PROVISION 18: POLICY & LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES
These committees are created and reconstituted as necessary, by the Secretary General and by the other organs of the AUF Secretariat as stipulated by the Provisions.
Article I: Policy Committees
1. Committee on Ecology and Environment
2. Committee on Arts and Cultural Policy
3. Committee on Science and Technology
4. Fiscal and Monetary Policy Committee
5. Foreign and International relations Committee
6. Human and Peoples Rights Committee
7. Development Policy & NGO Relations Committee
8. Committee on Human and Peoples Rights
9. Telecommunications Strategy & Information Policy
PROVISION 19: ORGANS OF THE AUF
Article I: Delegates, Assessors, Directorates, departments, bureaux, and other AUF Agents
These shall have various titles and designations according to their assigned duties and functions. These duties will include:
1. To act as a link between the leadership and the members, public, and supporters. .
2. To inform the Secretariat of local matters of importance requiring attention.
3. To inspire local voluntary workers and to coordinate the AUF activities on the ground.
Article II: List Important of AUF Organs
1. Directorate of Communications & Media Relations
2. Directorate of Military Affairs and Peacekeeping Policy
PROVISION 20: AUF MEETINGS, CONFERENCES AND CONVENTIONS
These shall be open to all members of the Secretariat, AUF delegates, representatives and active members.
1. At these meetings members put forward motions, which are then debated or discussed by the conferees and replied to by leaders of the AUF. Resolutions are considered in forming AUF policy, but are not binding if they are in contradiction to the mission or provisions of the AUF.
2. Special meetings may be summoned by the AUF General Council. At a Special Assembly no business can be taken unless it has been specified in the calling notice for the meeting.
PROVISION 21: AWARDS AND VIOLATIONS
Article I. Awards
AUF organs and individuals who attain achievements in AUF activities, contributing to the advancement of the cause, securing the safety and strength of the AUF shall be rewarded through: recognition and more responsibility, and the opportunity to advance in authority within the AUF.
Article II. Violators and Acts of Violation
1. Any organs, individuals violating AUF provisions; conducting AUF activities other than as stated in the provisions, or without the permission of the General Secretary; creating obstacles for the supervision of the AUF; shall, depending on the nature and seriousness of the violation, be disciplined, be subject to administrative punishments.
2. Any officials of the AUF violating provisions; being negligent in performing their duties, concealing violations by organs/individuals of the provisions, shall be disciplined, be subject to administrative punishments, including: suspension of privileges, loss of responsibility, or loss authority or position in the AUF.
Article III. Powers of the Secretariat in dealing with administrative violations
1. The Secretariat shall have powers to deal with administrative violations committed by organs, individuals in accordance with applicable provisions of relevant laws.
Article IV. Making a petition, initiating a Judicial Proceeding against decisions on punishment for administrative violations
1. Any organs which, or individuals who, are judged for administrative violation shall have the right to file a complaint against the decision on administrative sanction to the Council for Strategy and Policy Co-ordination. Complaints that shall be filed shall be initiated in accordance with the applicable provisions of relevant laws;
2. Pending the settlement of a complaint, organs which, individuals who are subject to administrative sanctions shall have to comply with the administrative sanction decision. When a decision on settlement of complaint is made by the CSPC or a judgment or decision by the Disciplinary Committee has come into effect, such decision or judgement shall prevail.
PROVISION 22: LOCATIONS AND EQUIPMENT
The AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination has final authority in decisions about the location and address of the strategic AUF facilities, including the acquisition of important equipment, and disposal of the same.
PROVISION 23: CANDIDATES
1. The AUF Secretariat is responsible for the system of candidate approval for elections to the State, Regional, and to the Pan African Parliaments. The AUF Secretariat, jointly with the President of the AUF, and the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination, shall establish, and periodically review, the rules for approving Parliamentary candidates.
2. All AUF candidates at any election must be members of the AUF.
3. No AUF candidate at any election can be a member of another political party.
4. The President and General Secretary of the AUF shall maintain a list of approved candidates for Parliamentary elections.
5. All members of the AUF may apply to become approved Parliamentary candidates, but no member can become an approved candidate until they have been properly approved under the rules established by the AUF Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination. No member may describe themselves as a Parliamentary candidate, or prospective candidate, unless they have been properly approved.
6. The selection of a candidate for a particular Parliamentary seat is the responsibility of the AUF membership branch whose area covers the seat. Where there is a contest for the selection all members of the branch shall be given the opportunity to vote. Where there is no branch the Council for Strategy and Policy Coordination is responsible for selecting the candidate, although it may devolve that power as it sees fit.
7. For Pan African Parliament elections the President of the AUF shall ensure that where there is a contest for the selection all members resident in the seat concerned have the opportunity to vote.
8. All AUF candidates have the duty to promote the Mission and policies of the Front, as set out in this AUF provisions.
9. Because of their public status, AUF candidates in all elections have a special duty not to do or say anything that may bring the Front into disrepute, a duty which, if they be elected, continues throughout their time in office.