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SECTION IV. MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION AND RIGHTS
AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

Article 9.

The Association shall have the following categories of membership:

1. Regular membership, with the right to vote and to be elected to bodies and committees of the Association, open to citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who are members of electoral commissions, to citizens who have been members of electoral commissions, and to citizens who are election experts possessing comparable electoral experience. Regular membership of the Association is based upon municipality of residence.

2. Associate membership, without the right to vote, open to citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina or of other countries who are interested in the holding of elections and who are not eligible for other forms of membership. Where applicable, Associate membership is based upon municipality of residence.

3. Honorary membership, without the right to vote, in recognition of individuals whose activities and assistance have contributed to the development of the Association. Where applicable, Honorary membership is based upon municipality of residence.

The Steering Board of the Association shall decide the proclamation of Regular, Associate, and Honorary members. As a condition of membership, all individuals must sign a statement confirming their acceptance of the Statute and the Professional Standards of Conduct.


Article 10.

A member of the Association shall be supplied with a membership card; the form and contents of which shall be determined by the Steering Board of the Association.


Article 11.

The rights of members of the Association are:

* To participate in the activities of the Association,
* To vote for and to be elected to the bodies of the Association (Regular members only),
* To be informed about the activities of all bodies of the Association,
* To submit proposals and recommendations concerning the activities of the Association,
* To participate in lectures, seminars, consultations and other professional gatherings, and
* To enjoy the protection of the Association as provided in this Statute.


Article 12.

The obligations of members of the Association are:

* To participate in the activities of the Association and its bodies,
* To implement the decisions and resolutions of the bodies of the Association,
* To co-operate with other members of the Association in order to achieve the programme objectives, aims, and tasks of the Association,
* To protect and promote the reputation of the Association,
* To abide by this Statute and to uphold the Professional Standards of Conduct, and
* To pay their membership fees when due.


Article 13.

Membership of the Association shall cease upon occurrence of any one of the following:

* Renunciation of membership,
* Failure to pay membership fees when due,
* Death, or
* Termination upon a determination that a member of the Association violated the terms of this Statute or the Professional Standards of Conduct of the Association.

Article 14.

A proposal for termination of membership, with reasons, may be submitted by any member of the Association to the appropriate Regional Board of the Branch, which shall determine whether the proposal is justified. If the Regional Board of the Branch determines that the proposal for termination is justified, then the Branch President shall forward the proposal of termination to the Court of Honour for adjudication.

A decision by the Court of Honour to terminate membership shall be issued in written form and served upon the terminated member no later than 30 days after the date the Court of Honour decides the matter. A decision of the Court of Honour shall be final unless appealed. A term of 15 days from the date of service of the decision on the terminated member is granted for an appeal against a decision by the Court of Honour to terminate membership. The appeal shall be lodged with the Steering Board of the Association, which shall review the decision of the Court of Honour. The decision of the Steering Board of the Association shall be final.

Any member who is the subject of an action to terminate membership before the Court of Honour or before the Steering Board of the Association shall be afforded an opportunity to respond to allegations and to present a case in a fair and reasonable manner.

Article 15.

A final decision to terminate membership may be forwarded to the appropriate electoral commission with whom the terminated individual is associated for appropriate action.