On a secret election there is no room for interpretation
Excerpt from the statutes of the ÖRC (in free translation)
§15 Election of the board
(11) If more than one election proposal is given, the vote has to be made in a secret election using ballot papers which state each proposed list with a number.
In this context we want to revive the following quote from one of our posts:
„It is easy to juggle with buzzwords and sometimes not more than a sidestep to the world of promises, the tough thing is to stand up to these words and to take decisions on their base that withstand every question about the „WHY?“.“
The statutes state clearly and without any room for interpretation, that a secret election has to take place. But of course, the operative compliance to this rule is a challenge.
At each political election in Austria we can see how a secret election has to be handled, when the „tick“ is made secretly in a polling booth. To vote while just turning the back to all other voters does not comply with the requirement of a secret vote.
The right to vote – active membership, no right to vote for Junior members, as well as timely payment of the membership fee – has to be checked prior to the start of the meeting. It is therefore also important to thoroughly plan the handover of the ballot paper, the vote and the cast of the ballot paper into the ballot box, as well as the counting of the votes. This is important not only to secure that all requirements of a secret election are met, but also to make sure, that the process can be handled fast and without unnecessary delays for our members.
The members of the List Becksteiner will do their utmost to find, in close cooperation with the members of the list Pieber, a process which complies 100% with our statutes.
Because a secret election cannot be just a buzzword, it has to take place.