Rules For The Election Of Ward

Original Language Title: Regler for valg av menighetsråd

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Rules for the election of ward


Date FOR-2014-04-08-1369


Ministry of Culture Ministry


Published In 2014 Booklet 14


Commencement 04/08/2014

Edited
FOR-2014-09-25-1371

Changes
FOR-1996-11-15-1448

For
Norway

Legal
LOV-1996-06-07-31-section 6

Promulgated
11.11.2014 kl. 15.30

Short Title
of Electing parish

Adopted by General Synod 8. April 2014 pursuant to the Act on 7 June 1996. 31 on the Norwegian Church (church law) § 6 first paragraph.
Changes: Changed by decision September 25, 2014 no. 1371.

§ 1. Composition and election of ward

§ 1-1. According to church law § 6 subsection shall parish council consist of the vicar and - after church congress destination - 4, 6, 8 or 10 other members elected by the plural or proportional representation for four years after the rules established by the Synod.

§ 1-2. For those members are elected at the same time at least five deputies.

§ 1-3. Changing the number of the members to be elected, must be adopted in church meeting before the election is announced.

§ 2. Election Board

§ 2-1. The parish council serving as election board and as such responsible for the preparation and management of elections. The election board is meant in these rules parish council which election board.

§ 2-2. Electoral is responsible for ensuring adequate information about the election is available to voters, including information about time and place of elections, election form, requirements for candidate lists and advance voting. This information will be announced in church, in local newspapers and / or parish magazine, the church's web page if it exists, and otherwise in the manner Electoral decide.

§ 2-3. Electoral is responsible for initiating the nomination work, cf. § 7.

§ 2-4. Electoral leads one valgbok over matters relating to the election, cf. § 10.9, § 10.3 and § 11.6. Where in addition to the Electoral also include voice control, cf. § 3-3, prepares each polling a report of it being processed in respect polling stations at each polling place, cf. § 10-3.

§ 3. Determination of election days / selections places

§ 3-1. Selecting ward shall in any country churches held simultaneously with and in premises in the immediate vicinity of general elections or county and municipal councils. Direct election of play members of diocesan councils and the General Synod takes place simultaneously. Synod sets election year.

§ 3-2. The majority of the polling stations must be kept on the official election day. In the municipalities where it held election also Sunday before the official election day, held also ward election that day. Time for voting must follow time for voting for the simultaneous ongoing public choice.
Options church adjacent to the church service Sunday before the official election day may be held as part of Election Day. This in addition to election under the provisions of § 3-1.

§ 3-3. Electoral decide in accordance with § 3-1 of the premises the voting will take place. The premises must be easily accessible. One can not use the same room as the other simultaneously ongoing public option uses. Commune constituencies should be followed. Where these do not correspond to parish boundaries or the ecclesiastical constituencies, the electoral committees in the affected parishes collaborate on the termination of the election in a polling. At each polling takes place voting for a certain part of the census. To lead the polling stations at each polling place appoints Electoral every place a voice control of at least three members over 18 years to vote in the election. Electoral appoints one member, preferably among its own members, chairman of the polling committee. In parishes with only one polling place, led the polling station of the electoral committee.

§ 3-4. If the election in a parish not without disproportionate difficulties can meet the demands of time and place of voting, the diocesan council grant exemptions from the requirements. The deadline for applying for exemption is March 1 of the election year.

§ 3-5. The Electoral Committee announces the time and place of voting as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence, the latest by advance voting starts on August 10. The announcement must be accounted for when and where the polling station shall be held when voting must be completed, where and when advance voting will take place and how many members and deputies to be elected. When voting is to take place in several locations, should the statement also be accounted for who to vote for the various locations and when election shall be held at each location. The choice should be published several times.

§ 4. Voting rights and eligibility


§ 4-1. Vote in the election, each member of the Norwegian Church who live in the parish and at the latest in the year the vote will be at least 15 years, ref. Church Act § 4, first paragraph.

§ 4-2. In special circumstances, the bishop on application from the parish council consent to a person for a limited time given to vote in another parish than he resides in, ref. Church Act § 4, second paragraph. People who are staying temporarily in another parish than where they are registered as resident may vote at the election in residence parish by voting in advance in the parish they temporarily residing in, ref. The provisions of § 9-1 second paragraph.

§ 4-3. No one can be entitled to vote in more than one parish, ref. Church Act § 4, third paragraph.

§ 4-4. A foreign national who has joined in the Norwegian Church, the ecclesiastical voting if he otherwise meets the conditions in § 4-1.

§ 4-5. Eligible to the parish council and bound to accept election is any person who is entitled to vote in the elections and that the latest in the year the vote will be at least 18 years. The right to demand to be excused election Anyone who has reached age 65 before the election period begins, the person who has served as a member of the parish council for the past four years and the party invoking the obstacle Electoral approves, ref. Church Act § 6, third and fourth paragraph.

§ 5. Census

§ 5-1. At the elections used a separate ecclesiastical census for every parish, compiled on the basis of the Norwegian Church's membership. The census should contain all voting members of the Norwegian Church resident in the parish, ref. § 4-1 and § 4-2.

§ 5-2. From no later than August 10 until September 1, the draft parish church census be made available for public inspection. The inspection is regulated in such a way that each person only become privy to information regarding themselves or another person that one has been authorized by. Anyone who believes that they or others wrongly or omitted from the electoral register, may require the Electoral Committee correct the error. The Electoral Committee shall announce the time and place for laying as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence and of entitlement to and the procedure for any errors corrected.

§ 5-3. After the electoral register has been out for public inspection, updating electoral census. The census can be updated as long as practicable.

§ 5-4. People who join in the Norwegian Church or move to the church in the period between 1 September and election day can also vote, cf. § 10.4 last paragraph. This also applies to persons who for other reasons are not in the electoral register.

§ 5-5. In need of updated census later in the election period, retrieved this from the Norwegian Church's membership. The church attendant and local treatment responsible for the register of members are jointly responsible for the register of members is updated.

§ 6. Election Form

§ 6-1. The selection takes place as with majority or proportional representation. If there is only one approved candidate list, carried the election by majority vote. There are several lists of candidates, carried the election by proportional election.

§ 6-2. By majority vote will ward council be composed in order of the number of votes each candidate gets. With additional votes (cumulation) and the entry of new names will voters be able to influence the people who get the most votes and thus selected.

§ 6-3. By proportional representation will ward council be composed of representatives from the different lists for the proportional number of votes each list receives jf. § 11-5 letters d and b. In addition, voice (cumulation) and the entry of names from other lists will voters be able change order of the individual list and so affect the persons from the lists that get the most votes and thus selected, cf. § 11-5 letters e and g.

§ 7. Candidate Lists (electoral lists)

§ 7-1. Proposed lists of candidates:
a.
Shall be received by the Electoral leader later than 1 May of the election year,

B.
Shall be separate course of events signed by at least ten voting proponents,

C.
Shall clearly identify:

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Which election it applies, with the names of parishes and election days,

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Names of the proponents, and possibly have the group's name as a heading before the candidates' names,

D.
Shall indicate a representative from proponents who Electoral can turn to the negotiations on the proposed list,

E.
Should have requested candidates listed with their full name and age, and - to the extent that it is desirable or necessary to avoid confusion - with address and occupation / position

F.
Should have at least 40 per cent representation of each gender among the proposed candidates on each list,

G.
Be set up in order of priority,

H.

Should have at least 20 percent representation of candidates under 30 years.

All lists of candidates must have at least as many different candidates be elected permanent members, ref. Church law § 6 first paragraph. The nomination committee's list should have at least as many different candidates be elected permanent members and alternates together, ref. § 7-2 second paragraph. No lists shall contain more than twice as many names as the number of members and deputy members to be elected. There can be voting addition to candidates (pre-cumulation).
As an appendix to the candidate list shall be accompanied by a list of candidates date of birth and contact details of the candidates. If a candidate has not been entered in the register as resident in the parish, there must be evidence that the person will comply with the vote and eligibility for election day.
Proposers may also stand as candidates on the same list.
The deadline for submission of proposals for candidate lists published as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence.

§ 7-2. Electoral looks that are imposed candidate list (s) by choice. Electoral appoint a Nominating Committee of at least three members of the work in getting forward candidates for the parish council. The committee also provides forward further proponents making it ten proposers, including members of the Committee. Proponents put the candidates in order of preference, any proposal from the Nomination Committee.

§ 7-3. A proposed list of candidates by proportional representation must not have proposer or candidate shared with other suggestions. Stands a proponent behind several lists, the Electoral Committee shall impose proposer within a specified deadline to tell which candidate list having decided to stand as proposer to. Responding proposer not ironed name from the list of proponents on all lists.
Does a candidate in several different lists, the candidate is given a corresponding order. Candidate answers no, the name standing on the list first was received by the electoral committee, but stripped of the others. Proponents decide which name to put in place and the name will be inserted in the empty space or bottom of the list.
A submitted proposal for candidate list may not be revoked.

§ 7-4. Electoral examines whether candidates and proposers meets the legal conditions and determines whether the proposals of candidate lists to be approved. When needed retailer electoral commissions the representatives of the list, to seek to bring the proposal in the prescribed form. If a candidate is exempt, ironed name. Proponents decide which name to put in place and the name will be inserted in the empty space or bottom of the list.

§ 7-5. Any person may upon request from the Electoral demand to familiarize themselves with a proposal for candidate list from the time the list has been received by the electoral committee.

§ 7-6. If nominating committee fails to produce a sufficient number of candidates by May 1, the Electoral approve a list with fewer candidates than those specified in § 7-1 second paragraph. If in such a case is no other approved candidate lists than the Nominating Committee's list, will be opened for supplementary nomination. This will be announced without delay as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence, with a deadline of one month after the announcement. A proposed candidate promoted by supplementary nomination to be single-handedly signed five voting proponents. The provisions of § 7-1, third and fourth paragraphs of supplementary nomination similar to candidate lists.
By the deadline set Electoral up the final candidate list. Supplementary candidates put at the bottom of the list. The order of the supplementary candidates determined by lot. It must be clearly stated that the supplementary candidates are nominating committee at the bottom priority candidates.

§ 7-7. The Electoral Committee shall announce the final candidate lists as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence as soon as possible and no later than 8 June.

§ 8. Ballot papers and ballot envelopes

§ 8-1. Electoral makes sure it gets printed a sufficient number of ballots of all approved candidate lists for the use of voters in polling stations.

§ 8-2. The ballot papers shall be of ordinary white paper.

§ 8-3. The ballot paper shall be by majority vote and proportional representation have a headline that shows the candidate list which it applies, but the names of the proponents need not be included.


§ 8-4. Electoral / polling committee ensures that the advance voting and polling station by polling station is printed ballots of all approved candidate lists available. Other printed or otherwise amplified ballots must not be used.

§ 8-5. Electoral / polling committee also ensures that there are ballot envelopes for advance voting, as well as for use on election day when voters are not in the electoral register. Ballot envelopes shall be uniform and opaque. Provision is made also for covering envelopes of different size, ref. § 9-8 and § 10-4.

§ 9. Advance voting

§ 9-1. A voter who will be unable to attend in person at the polling station, may in accordance with § 9 vote in advance, to one that is returning officer. People who are staying temporarily in another parish than where they are registered as resident may vote at the election in residence parish by voting in advance in the parish they are staying temporarily, ref. § 4-2 second paragraph. Ballot to all parish is available on the internet and relevant ballot may also be obtained from a church office. Otherwise follow the procedure for advance voting in this paragraph. Covers envelope sent however directly to the Electoral leader in the parish having decided resident, cf. § 9-9. An elector who advance votes may not vote at the polling station.

§ 9-2. Advance voting can take place in the period from August 10 until and including the last Friday before election day. Advance voting in another parish than where one has the right to vote, must be made before 1 September.

§ 9-3. The Electoral Committee announces advance voting time and place as prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence.

§ 9-4. The voter must cast their vote in person at the location (s) as provided by the Electoral Committee. The Electoral Committee may decide that for each location should only be allowed to vote in advance a certain time on one or more specific days. It should be possible for advance voting can take place both day and night, on the institutions that geographically belong to the individual parish and the central meeting places for young people organized by the church.

§ 9-5. As officer serving one or more of the Electoral Committee members or others who Electoral designates. The Electoral Committee shall ensure that the vote recipients are familiar with election rules.

§ 9-6. Before voting must vote receiver do voter familiar with the rules for voting and on any request, provide the necessary stationery. The returning officer may demand that an unknown voter shall identify themselves. The voter should have the choice card for advance voting if this is sent, ref. § 9-8. If the voter is not with polling cards, obtained the information on the voter's name, address and date of birth.

§ 9-7. The returning officer gives the voter an envelope to put the ballot in. The voter places the ballot in the received envelope.

§ 9-8. The returning officer then gives the voter a cover envelope. This adds voter envelope with the ballot, and any ballot envelope selector diocesan council and the General Synod, ref. Policy choice of diocesan council and Synod § 2-12. Information on the voter's name, address and date of birth is to be applied cover envelope and vote recipient to cover envelope must also sign and affix the time and place of voting. Officer paste again cover envelope and leading voting banner in front of the elector, ref. § 9-9.

§ 9-9. Officer leads the list of the voters voting in voice receiver and transmitter covering envelopes in a secure manner directly to the Electoral leader. It passed one list of advance votes in their own parish and another list of pre voices be communicated to other parishes.

§ 9-10. Electoral manager or the Electoral leader appoints receive advance votes and list votes cast, and leads into the list your emailed advance votes cast outside the parish. Advance votes shall be numbered consecutively in the list, and the same number set on the cover envelope. When the Electoral begin to treat these advance voting shall Electoral leader put forward the aforementioned list and all the advance votes that have been introduced before election day. Electoral undergoing list of advance voting before election day and tick off in the register of approved advance votes. The list included in the election book.

§ 9-11. Voters who have special needs and who can not fully follow the steps mentioned in § 7.9 and § 8.9, you can get the necessary assistance by a person competent to appoint. This person must be at least 14 years.

§ 9-12. Canvassing is not permitted in the room where the voting takes place and in the adjoining room.


§ 10. Voting at the polling station

§ 10-1. Options Parliament opened by the Electoral / voice board declares that the voting can begin.

§ 10-2. On election day it may not be instituted dispute about voting rights. The vote is secret and takes place in person. Canvassing is not permitted in the polling station and in the adjoining room.

§ 10-3. Electoral head leading into the election book dates of announcement on designation of electoral and polling, and everything discussed and decided on election day. Takes voting in several locations in the parish, leads voting chairman it treated the occasion polling station in a separate report. The report is included in the election book.
Will it oppose the election is held, recognized opposition and why. Electoral / voice board determines each objection as soon as it is raised and provides information on legal remedies under § 12.
After voting has ended, verify Electoral / voice board is posted. Electoral / voting chairman and the members present signs. This is done every day, if the polling station takes place over several days.

§ 10-4. When the election is opened, they are voters who are registered in the register of electors the opportunity to vote as they arrive. Voters who have voted in advance can not vote. The procedure is as follows: The voter goes to the laid ballots and then displayed to the part of the polling station in which the unseen can make any changes on the ballot paper. The ballot, and any ballot for election to the diocesan council and the General Synod, then folded together with your text. The ballot papers are stamped into a stamp that identifies which parish voice (s) are prepared in, and it put one cross in the census. The voter then puts the ballot / ballot papers, with affixed stamp, in a locked ballot box.
For voters who because of special needs need assistance in voting, § 9-11 accordingly.
Elector who is not known to the recipient, proof of identity.
Takes polling at several places in the parish are also voters who are not in the appropriate electoral roll, be allowed to vote. These should not, however, place the ballot paper in the ballot box, but put it in the ballot envelope and give it to the polling committee. This should put the envelope in a special envelope, attach information about the elector's name, address and date of birth, adhesives it, keep it unbroken and give it to the Electoral after polling ended.
Also it is denied the right to vote by the Electoral Committee decision or for other reasons not register entry, shall be allowed to vote. The person shall not place the ballot paper in the ballot box, but put it in the ballot envelope and give it to the Electoral / polling committee. This should put the envelope in a special envelope, attach information about the elector's name, address and date of birth, seal it and keep it unbroken until after the voting is completed. Takes voting in several locations in the parish, the polling committee must see to it that this is given to the Electoral.

§ 10-5. By majority vote, the voter can:
a.
Provide additional vote for candidates in the selection list by putting a cross in the box to the left of the name. At the count will then candidate (s) two votes each. It may be given additional vote for up to three candidates.

B.
Add up to three names in the select list. These can not be given additional vote, either by putting a cross or by repeating a name.

By proportional representation, the voter can:

A.
Provide additional vote for candidates in the selection list by putting a cross in the box to the left of the name. By counting the candidate (s) two votes each. It may be given additional vote for up to three candidates.

B.
Lead up to three names from other electoral lists. These can not be given additional vote, either by putting a cross or by repeating a name.

§ 10-6. When the time stipulated for voting has expired, and the voters that when present in the polling station has been admitted to vote, declares electoral / polling committee voting closed. Takes voting over two election days, it continues on schedule next election day. The ballot boxes with ballots and other election materials shall be stored in a safe place and under satisfactory sealing until voting begins next election day. Polls together with the other election material shall after stopping voting last election day sealed and brought to the Electoral for further processing.

§ 11. Counting, reporting and announcement

§ 11-1. Counting will not begin until the voting is completed throughout the parish. Unless Electoral decides otherwise, happens count total for the entire parish.

§ 11-2. Count is performed by persons electoral committee has decided, and the Electoral Authority.


§ 11-3. Before counting starts, the ballot envelopes from advance voting laid down in the ballot box for that circuit, ref. 9-10. Electoral must also examine whether the voters who have voted outside the constituency they belong to, have the right to vote, cf.. § 10-4 fifth paragraph. If this is okay, put a cross next name in the register and ballot envelope is placed in the ballot box for the circuitry. Otherwise, rejected the vote and cover Bailee unopened.
If it is cast votes from voters who are denied the right to vote or who are not on the electoral register, cf. § 10-4 last paragraph, the Electoral Committee must consider each of these voices separately. The ballots that are approved to be listed in the register and ballot envelope is placed in the ballot box for the circuitry. Otherwise, rejected the vote and cover Bailee unopened.

§ 11-4. By majority vote follower count following procedure:
a.
Number check marks in electoral list (s) are counted.

B.
Ballot box (s) open. Any ballot envelopes opened, ref. § 11-3. The ballot papers stamped and mixed with the other ballots.

C.
The total number of ballots counted.

D.
Ballot papers arranged in groups for uncorrected and corrected ballot.

E.
The uncorrected ballots counted by at least two people. Each candidate is given one vote per. undirected ballot. The number is inserted on the lists maintained by at least two people.

F.
By counting the number of private ballots recorded all changes electors have made on the ballot papers. Candidates who have received votes, gets two votes each. If it is given additional vote for more than three candidates, is taken into account only the top three additional votes. Added names get one vote each. If it's added more than three names, are taken into account only the three top names. No consideration is given to deletions. Other graduates receive one vote per. ballot. A member of the counting team tells you the name that has received additional voting and added name. Then comes the ballots to another member who controls the information. At least two people lead either list. These lists are compared periodically. A ballot shall be rejected if it is marked so that it goes forward who the voter is.

G.
By election counts an the votes cast for each candidate, in that the number of votes uncorrected and corrected lists summed for each candidate. The candidates who have received most votes becomes permanent members of the parish council, and the subsequent candidates are alternates. If several candidates have received an equal number of votes, will decide the order of the Nominating Committee's list outcome. If candidates who have only received voice through an amendment of the name has got as many votes, determined by demand order through drawing lots.

§ 11-5. By proportional representation followed counting procedures in § 11-4 letters a to c. Then follow the following procedure:
a.
Ballot papers arranged in groups for each electoral list. For each electoral list arranged ballots in groups for uncorrected and corrected ballot.

B.
The uncorrected ballots counted by at least two people. The number is inserted on the lists maintained by at least two people.

C.
By counting the number of private ballots recorded all changes electors have made on the ballot papers. Candidates who have received additional vote, get two votes each. If it is given additional vote for more than three candidates, is taken into account only the top three additional votes. No consideration is given to deletions. Other graduates receive one vote each. Names that have been transferred from another list, recorded. If it is transmitted more than three names, are taken into account only the three top names. A member of the counting team reads out the names that have received additional voice and name transferred from other lists. Then comes the ballots to another member who controls the information. At least two people lead either list. These lists are compared periodically. A ballot shall be rejected if it is marked so that it goes forward who the elector is, or do not have a headline that shows the candidate list which it applies.

D.
Then calculated the individual list of list votes. Each ballot counts for as many list votes as there shall be members of the parish council. Upon entry of names from other electoral list, drawn from a list vote per. Name list box, while the addition of a single list vote per. names on the second list box.

E.
Then calculated candidates' personal votes, ref. C.

F.

By election submitted list poll the basis for the distribution of seats. This happens according to the Sainte-Laguë method. This means that every listed number of votes divided by 1-3-5-7 etc. Each of votes shall be divided as many times as necessary to find the number of seats the list should have. The first seat goes to the list that has the largest quotient. The second seat goes to the list that has the second largest quotient. If the lists have the same quotient, the seat of the lists that have the greatest number of votes. Have the same number of votes, determined by drawing lots list seat shall be allocated.

G.
When it is decided how many seats an electoral list shall have, the Electoral Committee allocates to the candidates on the list. Candidates will be chosen in order of the number of personal votes received. More candidates have received an equal number of votes, is the order of the list is decisive. Thereafter the extent possible five deputies per. list for the further order of the number of personal votes received.

§ 11-6. The result of the elections, the total number of voting who have cast their vote and other relevant data about the elections, reported online in the way the Church Council stipulates. Print report from Electronic tools are included in choice book and sent a copy to the dean. Options The book included as attachments to the ward council meeting book and signed by all present members of the parish council.
The Electoral Committee is responsible for it as soon as possible be notified those selected.
Reporting to the diocesan council for the election of ward going through Church Council online tools, cf. Subsection. Electoral manager ensures that this his report takes place in cooperation with the local church administration.

§ 11-7. Electoral orients the church as soon as possible on the outcome of the election. The result will be announced so if prescribed in § 2-2, last sentence.

§ 11-8. When the newly elected parish council has constituted itself prepared members of the church in one of the closest following Sundays.

§ 11-9. The ballot papers shall be kept in a safe place in safe custody for the election period expires.

§ 12. Appeals against elections

§ 12-1. Complaints relating to the preparation and conduct of the election may be submitted to the diocesan council of the bishop and everyone who is entitled to vote in the election.

§ 12-2. Appeals must be performed orally in a meeting of the electoral committee or written to be received by the leader of the Electoral within seven days after election day. Complaints about election must be brought within seven days after the election results are published by the parish council. The manager send as soon as possible complaint to the diocesan council, together with the documents that may be of significance to the case.

§ 12-3. Diocese council may order a new election result or a new election.

§ 13. New election result and possibly filling choice (election)

§ 13-1. Gets a place in the parish council vacant after deputies in the case is uprooted, the Chairman of the Parish Council shall inform the diocesan council, which in this case may require a new election result.

§ 13-2. If in the election period retires finally parish council so many members and alternates that the parish council can not be a quorum and the relationship can not be remedied by new election result may diocesan council authorize the kept filling choice for further provisions as diocesan council determines. The same applies if an electoral list does not have enough people to fill their seats.

§ 14. Commencement and supplementary provisions

§ 14-1. The rules come into force from April 8, 2014. As of the same date, the Regulations on 15 November 1996 no. 1448 on rules for selecting the parish.

§ 14-2. Synod gives the Church Council was authorized to make minor changes to the rules.

§ 14-3. Church Council may issue further provisions on the implementation of the elections and supplement the provisions.

§ 14-4. Synod gives the Church Council authorization to conduct limited trials with different electoral systems. Church Council lays down detailed conditions for conducting such experiments.

§ 14-5. Rules for the election of ward used by kategorialmenigheter wherever appropriate.

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