The United Cyprus Party Statutes

GENERAL STRUCTURE

1.) BKP is founded with the purpose of a federal resolution for Cyprus Problem; in accordance with 1960 Zurich and London Agreements, 1977-1979 High Level Protocols and the parameters formed under the UN and accomplishes its part for the sake of the realization of transformations which will enable the entire humanity to live in a world where there are no wars and exploitations but an emancipatory and fair order.

2.) BKP adopts the proletariat knowledge as directive, comprises of the voluntary union of working class and its layer appertains, opposes all sorts of oppression and exploitation, and targets socializm for the future Cyprus while struggling for the escalation of the living standards of our community.

3.)BKP is encouraged by socialism, the ideology of the proletariat; by the working class and working layers; by its own political and organizational structure; by its sound intra-party democracy; by its collective operation, by the conscious participation of its members to party activities at all levels and in general by its reliable links with the people.

4.) BKP considers its liabilities towards our community, Cyprus and the humanity as a whole and strugglesfor the solution of the international problems within this framework.

5.) BKP is committed to international solidarity principles and stands up for the international solidarity of anti-imperialist, antifascist and pro-labour powers.

6.) BKP educates its members with an understanding of solidarity with the people fighting against all kinds of political, social or chauvinistic oppression, imperialism, neo-colonialism and racial segregation.

7.) BKP struggles for terminating the dividedness of Cyprus with a federal resolution, for ensuring cooperation and collaboration between the two communities and the minorities of the island, for relieving the island from imperialist military bases and for realizing the transformation of Cyprus into a bridge of peace between Turkey and Greece by demilitarization in echelons.

8.) BKP defends the unity of the patriots against domestic and foreign powers who want the dividedness of Cyprus be permanent, and prevent Turkish and Greek Cypriots to endeavour common efforts for their homelands under a federal framework and accomplishes its part for the formation of the United Patriotic Front.

NAME AND EMBLEM OF THE PARTY

The name of the party is Birlesik Kibris Partisi and its acronym is BKP.

MEMBERSHIP

1.) Every citizen who adopts the charter and the program of the party and who has no legal barrier in becoming the member of a political party can become the member of the party.

2.) Member is the essential element of the party.

3.) No any rule may prevent him from receiving information from the party and its organs and observing the membership records, accounts and decisions.

4.) Citizens willing to be a member of the party, apply to the Provincial Executive Board of the area he resides, with a membership application form and the reference of two members.

5.) If the condition of the applicant is appropriate as per the laws and this charter, his application form is sent to the Party Executive Committee bythe Provincial Executive Board. PartyExecutive Committee may send the application to the caucus if it is necessary.

6.) Following the approval of the application, the applicants name and information about his identity are recorded in the party register.

7.) Approval or refusal of the application will be disclosed to the applicant within 3 months, latest.

8.) Member of the party is linked to the party unit of the area he resides.

9.) When ordinary or extraordinary general assembly comes into question, member recruiting will be stopped 3 months prior to the meeting. If it was not halted, the members whose applications were accepted within the three months period to the meeting, cannot use the right to vote and stand for election.

MEMBERSHIP FEE

1.) Entrance fee is 2, and monthly membership fee is 1 percent of the minimum wage.

2.) Paying entrance fee and monthly fees are compulsory for all the members.

3.) Provincial Executive Board sends warning letters to those who don’t pay their membership fees until the end of the calendar year.

4.) Members who don’t pay their membership fees even one month after their receipt of the warning letter, cannot take part in the party meetings and cannot vote.

5.) Provincial Executive Board performs the operations about such members and gives written information to Party Executive Board.

RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE PARTY MEMBERS

1.) To pay the entrance and membership fees.

2.) To vote for the candidates of the party in the elections and work for the success of the party.

3.) To disseminate the general line, program and activities of the party by benefiting all kinds of possibilities.

4.) To join the party committees in which they have missions, to contribute and fulfill their obligations.

5.) To fulfill their obligations properly in the party and in the public services acquired by the party, not to retire from duties without a reasonable ground.

6.) To refrain from exploiting party duties and services for their and kith and kin’s interests.

7.) To implement the decisions of the authorized bodies.

8.) To speak out opinions by pursuing the unity of the party within criticism and self-criticism mechanisms.

9.) Every party member is obliged to participate in at least one party organ.

TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

Memberships are cancelled by the Executive Committee under below listed circumstances :

1.) Death.

2.) Resigning from party membership.

3.) Expelling from membership by discipline committee.

  1. The ones become candidate from other parties or independent candidate without being entrusted with task by the authorized bodies of the party.

5.) Those who lose their qualifications anticipated by the law.

PARTY ORGANIZATION

Party organization is composed of hearth, province and headquarters.

1.) Hearth Organization

  1. Party organization of village or district level elected by Hearth Congress.
  2. Executive Committee is formed by 3-5 members.
  3. In their first meeting and among themselves, they vote and elect one chairman,

one secretary and one accountant.

 

  1. If the Executive Committee has more than 3 members, remaining members will

become active members.

 

  1. Executive Committee congregates periodically, discusses environmental and

social problems, records the decisions in the minute book, informs the affiliated

Provincial Executive Board regularly, conveys the information from the Central

Organization to the members and actualizes the decisions of the party in local

level.

 

2.) Provincial Organization

 

  1. a) Situated in Nicosia, Famagusta, İskele, Güzelyurt and Kyrenia.

 

  1. b) Provincial Congress elects the Provincial Executive Board, Chairman of the

Provincial Executive Board and Provincial Discipline Committee.

 

  1. c) Provincial Executive Board is composed of Chairman, Secretary, Accountant

and 2 active members.

 

  1. d) Executive Committee congregates periodically, discusses environmental and

social problems, records the decisions in the minute book and actualizes the

instructions coming from the Party Executive Committee.

 

  1. e) Provincial Executive Board is reponsible to the Party Executive Committee.

 

  1. f) Provincial Executive Board may work with local problems and make

announcements under the condition of informing the Party Executive

Committee.

 

  1. g) Provincial Discipline Committee has three members and elects its chair in its

first meeting.

 

  1. h) Party Council registered within the province, members of the Party Executive

Committee with Provincial Executive Board and Hearth Executive Board

congregate bi-monthly as Provincial Council, discuss the problems of the

party and the community, make recommendations to Provincial or Central

Organizations.

 

  1. i) Provincial Executive Board may expand the Provincial Council with additional

members who are accepted as lucrative.

 

  1. j) Decrements in the numberof the members of the Provincial Executive Board

are compensated by the Provincial Council.

 

HEARTH AND PROVINCIAL CONGRESSES

 

Hearth Congress is composed of members registered in the Hearth Organization.

Provincial Congress is composed of members registered in the Provincial Organization.

 

ASSEMBLY OF THE CONGRESSES

 

1.) Hearth congresses assemble once a year on the date which will be determined

together with Provincial Executive Board.

 

2.) Provincial congresses assemble biannually on the date which will be determined

together with Party Executive Committee.

 

3.) The meeting venue, the date, the agenda and the reports of the congresses are  dispatched to all the members one week prior to the congress.

 

4.) The members who want to be candidate for the organs of the party, inform the Organization Secretary in written, one week prior to the congress.

 

5.) The attendants of the congress may make additions or removals to the agenda with one more vote than half of the number of the attendants.

 

6.) Congresses are opened with one more participant than half of the number of the members. If the majority can’t be provided, the opening is made half an hour after  the first decided time with the available members.

 

7.) Every congress is opened by the chairman of the organizational unit.

 

8.) The congress elects 1 Congress Chair and 2 Congress Secretaries among the attendants.

 

9.) Elections are made with secret vote.

 

10.) If a will is announced by the one more than half of the attendants, the elections can be made by open vote.

 

11.) The chairman and the executive board members of the related organizational body can’t voteduring the submitting of the earning report to the approval of the congresses.

 

EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESSES

 

1.) Congresses assemble extraordinarily with the will of one fifth of the members or with the decision of the related executive board or if the number of the elected members of the executive board or committee descends below one more than half.

 

2.) The call or invitation for an extraordinary congress must be made at least 7 days prior to the congress date.

 

3.) If elections are within the agenda of the extraordinary congress, members who want to be candidate must apply in written to the secretary of the related organizational unit 3 days prior to the congress.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

1.) General Assembly is realized once every three years with the proposal of the Party Executive Committee and decision of the Party Council in September or  October or November.

 

2.) The Party Council can recede the General Assembly with the two thirds of the votes of its members and maximum 5 months.

 

3.) Time, venue and the agenda of the assembly is announced to the members at least 15 days prior to the assembly.

 

4.) The agenda is prepared by the Party Executive Committee.

 

5.) Additions to the agenda is possible with the proposal of five percent of the attendants of the assembly. General Assembly is opened by the General Secretary.

 

  1. Following the opening a chair to conduct the assembly, a vice chair and two secretaries are elected.

 

7.) The agenda topics are discussedafter the formation of the chairmanship council of the assembly.

 

8.) A report covering the activities realized until the date of the assembly and an earning report are submitted to the members of the assembly.

 

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

1.) General Assembly congregates extraordinarily upon the invitation of the General Secretary or absolute majority of the Party Council or by the will of one fifth of the members.

 

2.) If the number of the members of the Party Council elected by the General Assembly descends to one more than the half, members are invited to an Extraordinary General Assembly.

 

3.) The invitaion for an Extraordinary General Assembly is made by the General Secretary or the Party Council.

 

4.) The invitation must be made at least 1 week prior to the assembly.

 

5.) The agenda is determined by those who want the assembly.

 

6.) Additions to the agenda is possible with the proposal of five percent of the attendants of the assembly.

 

HEADQUARTERS

 

1.) PARTY COUNCIL

 

  1. a) Composed of 20 members to be elected by the General Assembly.

 

  1. b) If there is a depletion in the number of the members of the Party Council

between two assemblies, the gap will be filled by the Expanded Party Council.

 

  1. c) It is the most competent authority after the General Assembly.

 

  1. d) In its first meeting, the Party Council elects its Executive Committee and the

General Secretary of the party.

 

  1. e) If the Party Council deems it suitable, it can deprive the General Secretary,

Executive Committee or a member of the Executive Committee whom it

elected with two third majority and elect new ones for these posts.

 

  1. f) Party Council congregates ordinarily and monthly.

 

  1. g) Party Council can congregate extraordinarily upon the will of the General

Secretary or one third of the number of the members.

 

  1. h) Executive Committee determines the agenda of the meeting.

 

  1. i) Party Council can make additions or removals to the agenda in the beginning of

the meeting.

 

  1. j) Party Council can invite to its meeting  the people it considers necessary but

without the right of voting.

 

  1. k) Members of the party can take part in the meetings of the Party Council, they

can expose their opinions without voting.

 

  1. l) The rules and regulations arranging the activities of the party are approved in

the Party Council.

 

  1. m) Party Council congregates at least twice in a year, in an expanded meeting with

the members of Supreme Discipline Committee, Legislative Assembly and

Provincial Executive Board.

 

  1. n) Party Council and Executive Committee, can call the Party Council for an

expanded meeting, when they consider it necessary.

 

  1. o) In order to benefit from their opinions, members of the party or people from

outside can be invited to the Expanded Party Council meetings.

 

  1. p) The party members who want to be candidate for the Party Council, forward

their wills to the General Secretary in written latest one week before the

General Assembly.

 

2.) GENERAL SECRETARY

 

  1. a) General Secretary is elected by the absolute majority of the available members

of the Party Council.

 

  1. b) If the candidates are more than two and if absolute majority can’t be realized in

the first round, the two most voted candidates will compete in the second

round and the candidate who is voted with the majority becomes the General

Secretary.

 

  1. c) Members of the Party Council can become candidate for General Secretary on

the day of the meeting.

 

  1. d) The party is represented by the General Secretary.

 

  1. e) General Secretary has the authority to act as the chair for all the committees

except the Discipline Committee.

 

  1. f) General Secretary ensures and controls the application of the decisions made

by the bodies of authority.

 

  1. g) General Secretary is reponsible to the General Assembly, Party Council and

Party Executive Committee.

 

  1. h) Organizational Secretary deputizes the General Secretary when he is absent.

 

  1. i) Communication address of the party is the office of the General Secretary.

 

  1. j) General Secretary is responsible to the Party Executive Committee in the

necessary registrations and recordings.

 

  1. k) The party is represented by the General Secretary in litigations and legal

procedures.

 

  1. l) Same person can be elected General Secretary three periods successively.

 

3.) PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

  1. a) Composed of 6 members elected by the General Secretary and the Party

Council.

 

  1. b) Among its members, the Party Executive Committee elects an Organizational

Secretary, an International  Affairs Secretary, a Financial Secretary, an

Educational Secretary, a Press-Broadcasting and Propaganda Secretary and

a Social Affairs Secretary.

 

  1. c) Party Executive Committee congregates weekly.

 

  1. d) Party Executive Committee is liable for organizing, developing and controlling

the party.

 

  1. e) It applies the decisions of the supreme boards.

 

  1. f) Makes decisions and conducts them within the direction of the principles of the

party.

 

  1. g) Actualizes the budget accepted by the Party Council.

 

  1. h) Prepares rules and regulations and submits them for the approval of the Party

Council.

 

  1. i) If there will be a vacant seat in the Party Executive Committee, it will be filled by

the Party Council in one month.

 

  1. j) Party Council members willing to be elected to the Party Executive Committee,

announce their candidacy or their candidacies are proposed by the others in the

first meeting following the General Assembly.

 

  1. k) Each secretary in the Party Executive Committee forms a work unit of 3

persons related with his field to be approved by the Party Executive

Committee. Party members who are not Party Council members can also be

assigned for these work units.

 

  1. l) General Secretary is responsible for the regular operation of the work units.

 

  1. m) Party Executive Committee may also form Women and Youth units.

 

  1. ACCOUNT KEEPER

 

  1. a) Account Keeper conducts the financial procedures of the party and controls the

provincial organizations from the financial aspect.

 

  1. b) Account Keeper prepares the annual budget by taking into consideration the

incomes and expenses of the party and submits it for the approval of the Partiy

Council.

 

  1. c) He is responsible for the implementation of the budget.

 

  1. d) The wages of those who are elected for political public service from the party

are paid from the Party Budget according to the regulations prepared by Party

Executive Committee and approved by the Party Council.

 

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEES

 

1.) In order to decide for the disciplinary penalties to be applied to the party members, there are Provincial Discipline Committees with 3 members in every province and  there is a Supreme Discipline Committee with 5 members in the headquarters.

 

2.) Supreme Discipline Committee is the objection authority for the decisions of the Provincial Discipline Committee and the initial discipline authority for the ones who work in the headquarters.

 

3.) Decisions of the Supreme Discipline Committee are ultimate.

 

4.) The objection authority for those who are expulsed definitely is ordinary or extraordinary assembly.

 

5.) Members of the Discipline Committees cannot take part in administrative and exclusive committees.

 

6.) The rules and regulations of the Discipline Committees are prepared by the Party Executive Committee and approved by the Party Council.

 

7.) Discipline Committees can give punishments like oral or written admonition, temporary expulsion or ultimate expulsion according to the type of the wrondoing.

 

8) Those who were given written admonition cannot take office in the party organs for 6 months.

 

9.) Temporary expulsion punishment cannot exceed 1 year. The ones who were given this punishment are severed their connection of the party for the duration of the punishment.

 

10.) The relation with the party of the ones who were given ultimate expulsion punishment are terminated.

 

11.) Objections to the decisions of the Provincial Discipline Committees can be made to the Supreme Discipline Committee within 1 month.

 

12.) Punishments given by the Discipline Committees cannot be more than the requested penalty in the accusation.

 

REVENUES OF THE PARTY

 

Party’s revenues are :

 

1.) Membership fees.

 

2.) Incomes of the party lotteries.

 

3.) Income from the publications of the party.

 

4.) Income from the sale of the pins, badges and similar items.

 

5.) Incomes obtained from concerts, theatres and similar activities.

 

6.) Donations and grants.

 

7.) Wages of the party members elected for political public service.

 

CANDIDACY IN ELECTIONS

 

  1. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

 

  1. a) Party Council makes the decision on either taking part in the presidential

elections or not.

 

  1. b) If the Party Council decides on taking part in the presidential elections, the

candidate is determined in the Party Council by secret vote.

 

2.) PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

 

  1. a) Among the candidates for nomination, the related provincial congress

designates and alines the nominees for the number of members of parliament

for the polling district. The General Secretary of the party becomes the first

candidate from the polling district deemed appropriate by the Party Council.

 

  1. b) The names and the number of the votes of the candidates designated by the

provincial congresses are submitted to the Party Executive Committee.

 

  1. c) Party Executive Committee submits the lists of the candidates to the approval of

the Party Council. Party Council can exclude a name if he is seen inconvenient.

 

  1. d) Party Council can nominate contingent candidates of number and sequence

whom it deems convenient for every polling district.

 

  1. e) The sequences of the contingent candidates are announced before the

acceptance of the applications of the candidates by the provinces.

 

3.) LOCAL ELECTIONS

 

  1. a) Candidates of the party for local elections are designated by elections made by

party members of the polling districts.

 

  1. b) The names of the designated candidates are submitted to the approval of the

Party Council by the Party Executive Committee.

 

  1. c) Party Council can veto any candidate.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMON FEATURES

 

1.) Minutes of the proceedings of the General Assembly and the Congresses are signed by the chair and vice chairs of the General Assembly and Congresses.

 

2.) General Assemblies and Congresses are open to public. They can be made as closed sessions upon the decisions of the majority.

 

3.) Decisions are made with the absolute majority of the attendants of the meetings. If the number of the votes are equal, the choice of the chair conducting the meeting will be prefered.

 

4.) Elections are made with secret vote. The number of the persons to be elected are voted in the elections. The ones who receive the respectively highest number of votes are accepted as elected.

 

5.) The chair and vice chairs of the General Assembly and the Congresses are elected by the absolute majority of the attendants.

 

6.) Members who don’t attend the committe and board meetings 3 times successively or 5 times in total are accepted as resigned with the decision of therelated organ.