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SECTION VI. BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 25.

The bodies of the Association shall be:

* The Assembly of the Association,
* The Steering Board of the Association,
* The Court of Honour of the Association, and
* The Supervisory Board of the Association.


The Assembly of the Association

Article 26.

The Assembly of the Association shall be the highest body of the Association with a four-year term. Sixty (60) representatives shall constitute the Assembly of the Association.

The Assembly of the Association shall be composed of fifteen (15) representatives from each regional Branch of the Association. The Assembly of each Branch of the Association shall elect representatives to the Assembly of the Association.

Each Branch must elect an equal number of representatives of Bosniak, Croat, and Serb ethnicity. To the extent possible, each Branch shall, in good faith, attempt to elect representatives from each municipality within the regional Branch. A Branch may have more than one representative from a municipality, if necessary to maintain ethnic balance of representatives.

Article 27.

The Steering Board of the Association shall convene the Assembly of the Association.

A general assembly session shall be held at least once in two years, and extraordinary meetings shall be held as necessary.

Extraordinary meetings shall be convened by the Steering Board of the Association on its own initiative, at the request of the Regional Board, at the request of one of the Branches of the Association, or at the request of one-third of the members of the Association.

Ordinary or extraordinary meetings of the Association shall be announced at least eight days prior to the date on which they are to be held, stating the time and place at which the meeting is to be held and setting out the agenda.

Article 28.

The quorum necessary for the Assembly of the Association to hold a session is a fifty percent plus one majority of members of the Assembly of the Association, and resolutions shall be adopted by two-thirds of all present members of the Assembly of the Association.

The Assembly shall adopt resolutions by public vote; however, the Assembly may vote in secret on certain issues.

Article 29.

The work of the Assembly shall be chaired by the working Presidency of the Assembly, which shall appoint a chairperson from among its ranks.

Article 30.

The Assembly of the Association shall have the authority to:

1. adopt the Statute and any changes or amendments thereto, as well as other documents defined by the Statute,

2. adopt the rules of procedures for its activities,

3. adopt programme activities and review reports on the activities of the bodies of the Association,

4. adopt a budget and verify the annual statement on the financial report,

5. elect and dismiss members of the Steering Board of the Association, the Supervising Board and the Court of Honour,

6. adopt a resolution on merging, separating, transforming, discharging or ceasing activities of the Association, and

7. decide on all other issues, which are not under competence of other Association bodies.

The Steering Board of the Association

Article 31.

The Steering Board of the Association shall be the managing body of the Association and it shall number thirteen (13) members whose mandate shall be for a term of four years.

Each Branch shall have at least three representatives in the Steering Board of the Association.

Presidents of the Regional Boards are automatically members of the Steering Board of the Association.

Article 32.

At their first session the members of the Steering Board of the Association shall elect from among their ranks the president, two vice-presidents, the secretary and the treasurer.

The President and two vice-presidents of the Steering Board of the Association are from various constituent people of BiH.

Every sixteen (16) months president and two vice-presidents shall rotate their functions.

Article 33.

The quorum necessary for the Steering Board of the Association to hold a session is seven (7) members. The Steering Board of the Association shall pass decisions by majority vote of present members at the session.

Article 34.

The Steering Board of the Association shall carry out the resolutions of the Assembly of the Association and direct the work of the Association in the period between assembly sessions.

The Steering Board of the Association shall carry out the following duties:

* prepare Assembly meetings,
* draft the proposed Statute and any amendments and additions thereto,
* draft its own rules of procedure,
* draft the Association work plan and other documents adopted by the Assembly,
* implement decisions, conclusions and other documents adopted by the Assembly,
* draw up a proposed budget and annual statement and allocate resources in accordance with the budget,
* draw up the rules of procedure of the Court of Honour,
* establish Committees and appoint the members whose candidacies are submitted by the Branches, and approve the plans and programmes of activities of the Committees,
* co-ordinate the activities of the Committees,
* evaluate the individual performance of the president, the vice-presidents, the secretary, and the treasurer of the Steering Board of the Association and the chairpersons of the Committees, together with delegates to other Associations
* establish procedures that regulates activities of the Association and work of the Secretariat, and
* decide on all issues that are not under exclusive competence of the Assembly.

Article 35.

The President of the Steering Board of the Association shall represent the Association and have the authority to act on behalf of the Association.

The Association is represented by the Executive Director of the Secretariat as well.

In the event of inability to perform duties or in the event of absence, a Vice-President of the Steering Board of the Association, designated by the Steering Board, shall assume the duties of the President of the Steering Board of the Association.

The President of the Steering Board may, depending on the needs, authorize Executive Director of the Association Secretariat to conduct certain activities and represent Association. This person shall report on his/her activities to the Steering Board of the Association.

Article 36.

The President of the Steering Board shall convene sessions of the Steering Board of the Association, shall agree on sessions of the Assembly of the Association, and shall chair the Assembly of the Association until a working Presidency of the Assembly is elected.

The President of the Steering Board of the Association shall implement the resolutions of the Assembly of the Association and the decisions of the Steering Board of the Association, in accordance with the Statute of the Association.

The President of the Steering Board shall be accountable to the Assembly of the Association and the Steering Board of the Association for activities.

Article 37.

The Secretary of the Steering Board of the Association shall prepare sessions of the Steering Board, report on activities, submit all necessary evidence of membership, assist the President of the Steering Board in activities and carry out other activities entrusted to him/her by the Steering Board and the Assembly of the Association, in cooperation with the Association Secretariat.

In case of absence, a member of the Steering Board appointed by the Presidency shall perform the duties of the Secretary. The Secretary shall be accountable to the Steering Board of the Association.


The Court of Honor of the Association

Article 38.

The Association shall have a Court of Honour composed of five members.
Members of the Court of Honour shall be elected by the Assembly of the Association for a term of four years.
Members of the Court of Honour shall designate one of their members as chairperson.

Article 39.

The Court of Honour shall determine violations of the Statute and shall pass decisions to issue a warning or to terminate membership of the Association in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Court of Honour, which shall be adopted by the Steering Board of the Association.

Article 40.

The Court of Honour shall pass decisions by majority vote.

The Supervisory Board of the Assciation

Article 41.

The Assembly of the Association shall elect three members to the Supervisory Board for a term of four years, and the members of the Supervisory Board shall designate one of their members as chairperson.

Article 42.

The Supervisory Board shall oversee the work of the Steering Board and other bodies of the Association, shall review at least once the property and financial affairs of the Association and shall submit an annual report to the Assembly of the Association.

The Supervisory Board shall work in sessions and all decisions shall be by majority vote.

Committees of the Association

Article 43.

In the achievement of its aims the Association shall operate and conduct its affairs through Standing Committees. The Steering Board of the Association may establish other committees for other activities.
A chairperson, who shall be appointed by the Steering Board of the Association, shall head each Committee.
In emergency cases, Executive Director of the Association Secretariat, in coordination with the President of the Steering Board, can establish temporary commissions.

Article 44.

The Standing Committees of the Association shall be:

1. Committee for Education, and
2. Information Committee.

The Committees shall propose plans and programmes of activities, which shall be approved by the Steering Board of the Association.

Article 45.

Each Branch shall propose two members as candidates for election to each Committee.

Legal Council of the Association

Article 46.

The Association shall have its Legal Council as an advisory body of the Steering Board of the Association.

The Steering Board of the Association shall appoint members of the Legal Council, whose number is not limited, and who shall be prominent lawyers with experience in elections.

The Legal Council shall initiate and prepare adoption of the Association documents, consider proposals of election regulations and participate in their preparation, as well as conduct other professional tasks for the Steering Board and the Association.

Secretariat of the Association

Article 47.

The Association may have a Secretariat with professionally employed persons.
The Secretariat shall conduct professional, administrative-technical, financial, personnel and other activities for the Association needs.
Executive Director manages the work of the Association Secretariat, who is authorized to make decisions regarding permanently and temporarily employed staff, and to conduct other activities defined in procedures from Article 34.

Article 48.

The activities of the Association shall be public.
Transparency of the Association's activities shall be achieved by issuing statements, publications, or bulletins, which shall be distributed to the membership and to other organisations and media which publish articles, branch reports, committee reports, as well as the latest global achievements.

Decisions to issue statements, publications, or bulletins and the designation of responsibility in such matters shall be taken by the Steering Board of the Association.

Article 49.

In appointing or electing members of the bodies of the Association, due regard shall be paid to ensuring a fair national and territorial representation of members of the Association.

Persons holding political office may not also hold office in the Association.