Draft Legal Charter of the Pan African Federalist Movement

The Concerned citizens of Africa, the Caribbean and the people of African Descent scattered all over the world.

 

Determined to lay the foundations of an ever-closer political, economic and social union among the peoples of Africa and the Caribbean,

 

RESOLVED to ensure the political, economic and social progress of the African continent, affiliated countries and Islands by common action to eliminate the barriers which divide Africa and the people of African Descent.

 

AFFIRMING as the essential objective of their efforts the constant improvement of the living and working conditions of their peoples,

 

RECOGNISING that the removal of existing borders and barriers calls for concerted action in order to guarantee development and progress,

 

ANXIOUS to strengthen the unity of their people and to ensure accelerated and harmonious development by reducing the differences existing between the various nation states of Africa and the Caribbean,

 

INTENDING to confirm the solidarity which binds Africans and the Caribbean countries and desiring to ensure the emancipation and development of their prosperity, in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the African Union,

 

HAVE DECIDED to create a Pan African Federalist Movement (PAFM) to Campaign for the political unification of all the African States in a generation or less.

 

By this Charter, the members establish among themselves a Pan African Federalist Movement.

 

 

PAN-AFRICAN FEDERALIST MOVEMENT (PAFM).

BYLAWS

 

 

ARTICLE I – NAME AND REGISTERED OFFICE

 

Section 1

The name of this organisation shall be The Pan- African Federalist Movement hereinafter(PAFM), referred to as the PAFM.

Section 2

The PAFM may at its pleasure by a vote of the membership body change its name.

 

Section 3

The headquarters of the PAFM shall be _________________________________. The headquarters of the PAFM may be transferred to anywhere one of the states targeted future member of the Union by decision of the legislative board conveined at this effet.

 

Section 4

The Executive Committee of the Movement has the power to create representative offices of the Movement in any country. 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

Section 1

The main purpose of the Movement is to launch a popular mass movement aimed at creating the condition for the birth of the United African States (UAS) in less than a generation.

 

Section 2

The Movement shall launch the campaign for the creation of the Union of African States (UAS) in less than a generation

Section 3

The Movement shall seek to achieve this through a powerful Bottom-Up movement that will allow the African people, the legitimate proprietors of the sovereignty of their states, to express themselves on the form of union they want to promote.

 

Section 4

The Movement shall within a decade initiate a campaign compelling all African States to offer their citizens a referendum to vote for or against an African Federation.

Section 4. The Movement shall create the opportunity and the platform for African Federalists all over the world to meet engage and network and to develop constructive, convincing and realistic arguments to support the establishment of the Unification of African States.

 

Section 5

The Movement shall aim to work in conjunction with the African Union, Governments of African and Caribbean States, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations, Political Parties,Trade Unions, Student Unions, Like-Minded Partners, Mdia Houses,Businesses and Individualsto achieve the common vision of a United African States in less than a generation

Section 6

The Movement shall operate in full compliance with the laws of the countries and the Charter of the African Union.

 

 

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1

Membership of the Movement shall be open to all persons and organisations who share the purpose, vision and aspirations of the Movement – ‘The Political Unification of Africa’.

 

Section 2

Any person or organisation who supports the purposes of the Movement may become a member of the Movement by joining one of its national or local committees and following the rules of that structure of the PAFM.

 

Section 3

The mode of registration and the dues schedule shall be approved by vote of the Movement at its annual meeting. 

Section 4

Each member and organiaational representative shall be entitled to cast one vote on all matters which come before a meeting of the Movement.

 

 

     

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

 

Section 1

The management of the Movement shall be vested in a board of executives (“the executive”)….

 

 

Section 2

The management as defined in Article IV, Section 1 will serve as the Executive Planning Team to determine and oversee projects and programs of the Movement. Co-ordinate, monitor, advise and direct the work of regional branches

Section 3

Act as the mouth-piece of the Movement as well as plan and deliver international congresses of the Movement.

 

Section 4

The offices and term of executive members shall be [….]. Executive Members shall be eligible for re-election for one additional term and then must wait one year before being considered for a new term.

 

Section 5

One-third of the executive members shall be elected by the Movement each year at the annual meeting to replace those executives whose terms are expiring in that year.

 

Section 6

The officers of the Movement shall be a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, spokes-person, co-ordinator …each being a board member.

 

Section 7

The term of the president, vice president and other officers is xxx years; however, they may continue to serve, if reelected, for an additional term.

 

 

Section 8

The president shall appoint a nominating committee chairperson who shall be from the general membership.  He/she shall appoint at least xxx members to serve on this committee.  Included in the committee must be a member from the preceding term. The committee shall present a slate of nominees for election as officers and executives at the annual meeting of the Movement. Election requires a majority vote by those present.

 

Section 9

When a vacancy occurs among the officers, the nominating committee shall present for nomination one or more names of current and fully paid member[s] to fill the unexpired term. Vacancies shall be filled by a majority vote of executives at any duly constituted meeting of the board of executives.

Execuitives so elected serve until the next term, when they could stand for election to a full term as outlined in Section 3 above.

 

Section 10

Removal Procedure:  An Executive member or officer may be removed for cause by vote of two-thirds of the executive members attending a regularly scheduled meeting where the item had been placed on the written agenda distributed at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

 

ARTICLE V – DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

 

Section 1

The president shall preside at all meetings of the Movement and of the board of executives and appoint standing committees (membership, program, public relations, etc.) and the chairpersons thereof. The president is an ex officio member of all committees, except the nominating committee. The president is also responsible for the signing of cheques.

 

Section 2

The vice president shall, in the absence or disability of the president, perform all the functions of the president except the signing of cheques.

 

 

Section 3

The treasurer shall be responsible for handling all monies of the Movement and shall keep appropriate and accurate records. Any cheque or disbursement must be signed by the president, except in the event of the disability of the president, the treasurer shall be responsible for signing cheques.  A financial report shall be presented at all meetings of the board of executives and at the annual meeting of the Movement.

 

 

Section 4

The secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the board of executives and of the Movement. The secretary shall distribute a draft of the minutes prior to each meeting, and record for the permanent record any corrections made at the time of acceptance. At the end of each year, the secretary shall provide a complete set of the official minutes to the Movement for long-term retention.

 

 

ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

Section 1

An executive committee shall consist of the officers and the immediate past president and shall meet at the discretion of the president between meetings of the board of executives.  Recommendations made by the committee shall be submitted to the board of executives for approval at its next meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

 

Section 1

The annual meeting of the Movement shall be held once a year, at a time and place determined by the board of executives. Meetings may also be held via Skype, video link or other electronic means.

 

xxx members shall constitute a quorum, and action on motions shall be decided by a vote of a majority of those present.  The secreatry shall cause to be mailed to every member in good standing at his address or electronic mail address as it appears in the mebership roll book not less than two weeks in advance of the date thereof.

 

Section 2

Special meetings of the Movement may be called by the president or the board of executives or upon written request of xxx members. The notice shall be sent at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting. The business to be discussed shall be stated in the notification to all members of the Movement.

 

Section 3

Regular meetings of the board of executives shall take place at least xxx times a year.  Xxx executive members shall constitute a quorum, and motions shall be carried by a vote of the majority. Notices shall be sent to board members at least one week before the meeting.  Special board meetings may be called by the president with at least forty-eight hours notice to board members.

 

Section 4

A member or members of like-minded partners and organisations may be invited to participate in board meetings on a non-voting basis.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL PERIOD

Section 1

The fiscal year of the Movement shall start on January 1 and end on December 31.

 

 

ARTICLE IX – CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Section 1

No part of the net earnings of the Movement shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, executives, officers, or other private persons, except that the Movement shall be authorised and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of the Movement. Where conflict of interest may be thought to exist for an executive  member, the member shall inform the Board of executives and abstain from any inappropriate participation in the matter.

 

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS

 

Section 1

These bylaws may be amended, in whole or in part, by two-thirds vote of those present at a meeting of the Movement provided that the meeting notice contains specific notice of Intention and that a summary of proposed change/changes is included.

 

 

 

ARTICLE X – DISSOLUTION

Section 1

Upon the attainment of the purpose for which this Mocvement is established, the Movement shall be dissolved. The date and procedure for the dissolution to be determined by the active executive members.

 

 

Section 2

Upon the dissolution of the Movement, assets shall be distributed for tax exempt purposes in accordance with the tax regulations of the operating country.