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Volunteer organization 3 Board positions available. If faction (1 of 6 parts of organization) not having best interests of organization wish to take over the Board at an AGM, does the election have to take place? Second question: do all nominations have to be accepted?

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Volunteer organization 3 Board positions available. If faction (1 of 6 parts of organization) not having best interests of organization wish to take over the Board at an AGM, does the election have to take place?

If an election is to take place at the AGM, of course if has to take place. What alternative did you have in mind?? And who would be making such a decision? If the majority of voters believe that a 'faction' is trying to take over, and that this would be bad for the organization, the voters will not vote for the faction's candidate(s) -- they will simply vote for someone else instead. It is possible to postpone a pending election, but that is a decision for the assembly to make. And, if a majority thinks it's a good idea to postpone the election because the candidates are bad, the same majority could just as well go ahead and elect more suitable people to office right then and there.

Second question: do all nominations have to be accepted?

Unless the nomination process is restricted by your bylaws, nominations from the floor are in order (as are write-in votes for candidates not nominated at all). Unless the candidate fails to meet qualifications as spelled out in the bylaws, the nomination stands.

It sounds like the solution to your concerns lies in getting to work and getting out the vote. No, there are no parliamentary gimmicks allowing suspension of the basic rights of membership in the way that you apparently are searching for... inconvenient as that may be.

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