Name and Purpose
X.1.1 The name of the organisation shall be “Young Independence” or “YI”.
X.1.2 Young Independence shall be a recognised organisation of the United Kingdom Independence Party (“the Party”), and be responsible for representing party members aged 30 and under.
X.2.1 To advance the principles, aims and policies of the Party to people aged 30 and under;
X.2.2 To advocate its own statement of aims, where these complement and extend the principles of the Party and do not conflict;
X.2.3 To recruit new members;
X.2.4 To support the development of its membership towards, and support its members in, contesting elections;
X.2.5 To engage with the leadership of the Party to represent the views of its membership, and
X.2.6 To provide counsel to the Party leadership on issues relating to young people.
X.3.1 Any member of the Party who is aged 30 and under shall automatically become a member of Young Independence.
X.3.2 Membership records of the Party shall constitute the final authority on validity of membership of Young Independence.
X.3.3 Membership of Young Independence is contingent on membership of the Party.
X.3.4 Membership of Young Independence confers voting rights for elections to the Young Independence National Council, including the Executive Council
The National Council
X.4.1 The National Council shall be chosen from amongst members of the Party in good standing and be responsible for carrying out the aims and objectives of Young Independence.
X.4.2 The National Council shall comprise of an Executive Council with voting rights, as well as Regional Chairmen and the UKIP Students Chairman without voting rights.
X4.2.1 The Executive Council shall comprise of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Officer, Media Officer, and other co-opted roles.
X.4.2.2 The roles of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer are necessary roles and cannot be changed; all other roles may be removed or changed by a majority vote of the Executive Council if they become unoccupied or immediately before an election period.
X.4.2.3 The Executive Council shall co-opt such additional officers as necessary, either for new positions or to fill vacancies, subject to X.4.7 below. Co-opted officers shall hold equal voting rights to elected Executive Council members.
X.4.3 The Executive Council shall act by a simple majority positively assenting to a motion, except in cases where assenting a motion would result in a change to the YI constitution. In such cases, a super-majority of two-thirds of voting members must be achieved. If this cannot be achieved, the motion may be put to a binding referendum of the YI membership by a simple majority of present voting members.
X.4.3.1 Minutes of council meetings with voting records of those present are to be released to the Council members within 7 days of the council meeting. Council members then have 1 day to read and approve or dispute minutes. Amendments to disputed minutes will be put to a Council vote requiring simple majority to pass. Minutes are then to be made available to all YI members via the YI website. The council may request items be omitted from the minutes by simple majority in cases requiring confidentiality and for the purposes of data protection.
X.4.4 The Chairman shall chair meetings of the National Council, or in the absence of the Chairman the Deputy Chairman shall chair. In the absence of both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman the Secretary shall chair. In the absence of the Secretary the Deputy Chairman shall act as Secretary.
X.4.5 The National Council shall meet monthly, in person or by conference call.
X.4.5.1 National Council meeting dates can be changed in advance of a week by a majority vote.
X.4.6 If a member of the National Council at any point stands down from or is removed from the National Council there will be a by-election to fill this position, unless the majority of members of the Executive Council vote to appoint an individual to the position under special circumstances. A by-election will follow the same rules for normal National Council elections.
X.4.6.1 Any elected Executive Council officer can be removed from their role by ‘recall’. Recall mechanism is 5% of the electorate (at the time of presentation of members signatures), or by a super majority of the National Council. If the YI officer contests the decision, then the YI members will be balloted to decide the outcome. Members’ signatures can be electronic and must present their membership number for verification; membership must be valid at the time of verification.
X.4.6.2 Members of the National Council (Regional Chairmen) can be removed from their position by a simple majority of the National Council if they have broken the party rulebook or constitution, brought YI into disrepute, not fulfilling the duties required of them, or breaching GDPR.
X.4.7 The appointment and/or election of all officers of Young Independence shall be subject to ratification by the Party Chairman.
X.5.1 The National Council shall work with networks of local representatives, elected at regional and county level and subsequently elected by UKIP Branches at branch level.
X.5.1.1 Regional Chairmen and other Officers may be removed by the council by two-third majority vote of voting council members or by a two-third majority vote of the National Council.
X.5.1.2 The Regional Chairmen shall be elected by membership in their area on a yearly basis. In the event that no suitable candidate is presented for a County position, the regional chairman may appoint one at the discretion of the Executive Council.
X.5.1.3 YI members can only hold one compulsory Executive Council role within Young Independence, these are: National Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.
X.5.1.4 YI Members may occupy both an Executive Council and a National Council position so long as they are elected by the YI membership.
X.5.2 Young Independence shall seek to build relationships with the Party’s constituency associations, county, regional and national committees, and secure YI representation at all levels.
X.5.3 Young Independence will move to establish and support student branches at institutions of higher and further education.
X.5.4 Student branches shall be known as “*Name of Institution + UKIP Students”
X.5.5 The Executive Council, acting by a simple majority vote, may refer disciplinary matters relating to Young Independence to the Party’s disciplinary committee. However, Young Independence may handle disciplinary matters on a branch level. YI disciplinary can include: permanent or temporary removal from YI Hub; loss of voting rights in internal YI elections; and temporarily banning YI members from standing in YI elections (all to be approved by the Party Chairman). The following things are subject to disciplinary action:
X.5.5.1 The Council feels a member has brought Young Independence into disrepute;
X.5.5.2 A member is wilfully acting against the interests of Young Independence;
X.5.5.3 Representations are made to the Council concerning individuals, or
X.5.5.4 Bullying and/or harassment of YI members.
X.6.1 In the event of a crisis, the Executive Council shall have the power to establish a Crisis Coalition, which shall be appointed at the discretion of the Chairman and will last for the duration of the crisis period.
X.6.1.1 The vote to establish a crisis coalition shall require the unanimous support of the Executive Council.
X.6.1.2 Each member of the coalition shall be appointed by the YI Chairman.
X.6.1.3 The YI Chairman shall, at any time they see fit, add or remove members from the coalition.
X.6.1.4 The coalition shall have no material powers, and shall only act as an advisory body to the Chairman and the Executive Council.
X.6.1.5 The Chairman shall act as the representative of the Executive Council in the Crisis Coalition, and vice versa.
X.6.1.6 During the crisis period, the Chairman may act on matters relating to the crisis as they see fit without approval of the Executive Council. The power to take these actions shall be known as ‘crisis powers’.
X.6.1.7 The Executive Council may vote any action of the Chairman taken using crisis powers to be not related to the specific crisis by a simple majority. This will reverse the action taken by the chairman.
X.6.1.8 The Chairman may not make any changes to the YI constitution without a two-thirds majority of the Executive Council, as per usual, during a crisis period.
X.6.1.9 The Chairman may not dismiss or otherwise diminish the power of any member of the Executive or National Council using crisis powers. This may only be done using the methods set out in the constitution.
X.6.1.10 The Chairman may not change, postpone or in any other way modify elections to the YI Executive or National Council using crisis powers. This may only be done using the methods set out in the constitution.
X.6.1.11 The crisis period may be ended by a simple majority vote of the executive council, or after a month, unless there is a unanimous vote to extend the period.
X.6.1.12 Each time the period is extended, it will last another month unless it is extended again in the same way.
Lifetime Honorary YI Members
X.7.1 The Executive Council may, by a simple majority, vote to appoint any UKIP member as a lifetime honorary YI member.
X.7.1.1 The motion to appoint any member as a lifetime honorary YI member may only be proposed by the YI Chairman.
X.7.2 In the same way as described by X.7.1, the YI Chairman & Executive Council (respectively) may propose and vote upon removing a member’s lifetime honorary membership.
X.7.3 Lifetime honorary YI members may not receive any active payments from YI (e.g. travel bursaries) though will receive discounted prices for YI purchases in the same way as YI members.
X.7.4 Lifetime honorary YI members may not participate in YI elections as voters nor as candidates. They may campaign and help candidates as though they were a normal YI member.
X.7.5 Lifetime honorary YI membership is exclusive to UKIP members.
Appendix 1 to the Rules of Procedure: Young Independence Voting Rules
These Rules are the official Young Independence Voting Rules referred to in Article X.4.2.1 of the UK Independence Party’s Rules of Procedure.
1 Returning Officer
1.1 The Council shall recommend to the NEC the appointment of a Returning Officer for the YI Chairman election only. Any other time, the Returning Officer will be decided by the YI Executive Council by a super majority.
1.2 The Returning Officer shall not be a Candidate, a Proposer, Seconder or Assentor of any Candidate or a paid or unpaid employee of any Candidate.
1.3 The Council shall either:
(a) Appoint an independent agency to conduct the election according to rules to be agreed with said agency, or
(b) Instruct the Returning Officer to conduct the election in accordance with Sections 5 to 9 of these Party Election rules.
2.1 The Returning Officer at their own discretion shall establish a timetable which shall include:
(a) The closing date for Candidate nominations;
(b) The closing date for receipt of Candidates’ statements & photographs;
(c) The approximate date for distribution of voting papers/Candidates’ details;
(d) The date from which campaigning is allowed to begin;
(e) The closing date for return of votes, and
(f) The expected date of Count and Declaration of result.
2.2 The Returning Officer shall publish on the YI website and the YI mailing list at least a week in advance of close of nominations; the date of the election, the timetable for the election, the number of posts to be filled and instructions for candidates seeking nomination.
3.1 County Chairman and Regional Chairman just require a Proposer and Seconder within the Region they are standing for. Candidates for all Executive Council positions except Chairman require a Proposer, Seconder and eight Assenters from any region. Candidates for Chairman require a Proposer, Seconder and eighteen Assenters from any region. Candidates for Chairman must also have held a position on either the National or Executive Council. All candidates, Proposers, Seconders and Assenters must be fully paid-up party and YI members in good standing on the closing date for nominations.
3.2 Proposers and seconders may propose or second only one candidate’s nomination forms.
3.3 Assentors may only assent to one candidate for each position.
3.4 Candidates must have been a member for at least one uninterrupted year to run for YI Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Regional Chairman.
3.5 There is no limit on the amount of terms for which any individual can be the National YI Chairman, provided they are elected each term. A term for the National YI Chairman is two years.
3.6 Candidates must have been a member for at least six months to run for the positions of YI Regional Chairman or YI County Chairman.
3.7 Candidates must be aged 16 by the date they assume office to run for the positions on the YI National & Executive Council with the exception of the roles of Treasurer and YI Chairman, where the candidate must be aged 18 by the date they assume office.
3.8 If there are insufficient candidates to fulfil 3.4 and 3.5 above, then candidates not meeting these criteria may be accepted at the discretion of the Party Chairman.
3.9 Nominations shall only be accepted from members in good standing as defined under Article I.8 of the Party’s Rules of Procedure.
4.1 Each Candidate shall be entitled to have their details published in a medium deemed appropriate by the Returning Officer that shall be published on the YI website and mailing list. These details shall consist of the names of the Candidate’s Proposer, Seconder, and Assentors, a personal statement (with no word limit) and a recent photograph (if desired). The Returning Officer may require any misleading information to be amended or deleted and may require other relevant information to be added.
4.2 Candidates and their supporters shall not distribute any unsolicited physical material by any means whatsoever. Candidates and supporters may start websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and invite people to look at these accordingly. Candidates may post campaign material on any pages, groups and other social media outlets which they have access to, with the exception of official YI pages.
4.3 Candidates may respond individually to specific enquiries from Party members without reference to the Returning Officer.
4.4 Candidates and their supporters are reminded that campaigning activities should be conducted in a friendly and constructive manner, and that they remain at all times bound by the Party Constitution and Rules of Procedure. Candidates and their supporters are not to make personal attacks on other Candidates. Any breaches may be referred to the Party’s Discipline Committee and could result in disciplinary action. In the case of a serious breach, the Returning Officer may disqualify a Candidate from the election. A Candidate disqualified in this way may appeal to the National Executive Committee. Any such appeal must be lodged in full within one month of the date of disqualification.
4.5 Candidates and their supporters are reminded that use of Party membership lists is subject to data protection legislation, and that improper use of such lists is a criminal offence.
4.6 Campaigning may only begin after the date set by the Returning Officer. However, candidates may each post once in the official YI Facebook group announcing their candidacy and may request assentors in this post.
5 Voting Method
5.1 The Returning Officer will decide whether to use email voting, a poll on the YI website, online ballots or physical ballots.
5.2 Voting papers (if used) will be issued and dealt with in accordance with the NEC voting papers rules, specifically Sections 5, 6, 7 8 and 9.
5.3 An online poll or online ballots will be set up by the Returning officer whose job it is to ensure the security of the poll and the validity of all votes cast.
5.4 In the event of more than two candidates’ nomination being accepted for any one position, the election shall be held using the Alternative Vote system.
6 The Count
6.1 The count shall be conducted while witnessed by the Returning Officer or his deputy, at a location to be announced by the Returning Officer.
6.2 Candidates and their appointees, as permitted by the Returning Officer, may attend the count or be on a call via telephone or the internet as votes are counted.
6.3 The Returning Officer shall appoint staff to assist in the count. Candidates and their appointees shall not be permitted to assist in the count.
6.4 The Returning Officer or his deputy shall oversee the following processes:
(a) Counting the number of voting papers returned;
(b) Identification and count of invalid voting papers;
(c) Calculation of the turnout (number of valid voting papers returned / number of voting papers issued), and
(d) Calculation the number of votes cast for each Candidate.
6.5 A Candidate may request a recount in the event of a close result or if he or she believes there has been an error or discrepancy in the count. The Returning Officer may refuse to hold a recount requested for frivolous or spurious reasons.
6.6 In the event of a tie, the candidates and the Returning Officer shall meet and attempt to find a fair way to move forward.
6.7 The Returning Officer shall produce a signed declaration of the results and announce the results of the elections as soon as the count has been completed to his satisfaction.
6.8 The Returning Officer’s decision in all matters relating to the Count shall be final.
7.1 Successful candidates shall be required to confirm via electronic communication within seven days of the declaration of the result acceptance of the said post.
7.2 All candidates shall be sent a copy of these Rules by email.
7.3 Any member shall be sent a copy of these rules on request by email.
7.4 Minor variations to these Rules shall be permitted only with the consent of the Returning Officer and all candidates.
7.5 Where there is only one candidate for a position, that candidate shall be declared elected unopposed.