Mmrantie Association Constitution
We the Ghanaian youngsters of the Bolingbrook and surrounding cities, in order to form a more perfect association and promote general welfare, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Mmrantie Association.
Article I-Membership Section 1: Legislative powers reside in the members
Section 2: Every young man between eighteen and fifty-five years of age is a potential
Section 3: Every young man who satisfy SECTIION 2 attend meetings and pay his
Dues shall be called ABRANTIE thus a member.
Section 4: Every person over fifty-five years of age who wishes to join shall be considered as
a patron upon invitation subject to the approval of the association.
Section 5: The members shall choose their speaker and other officers;
and shall have the sole power of impeachment.
Section 6: The members shall assemble at least once in every month, and such meeting
shall be on the last Saturday of every month, unless they shall by law appoint a
Section 7: The times, places and manner of holding elections for executives shall be
prescribed by the members thereof; but the members may at any time by law
make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing President.
Section 8.1: Members shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of members shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as members may provide.
Section 8.2: Members may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.
Section 9: Patrons shall have the right to advice but not to vote.
Section 10: Every one who becomes a member three months after the promulgation of this constitution shall pay an initiation fee, to be prescribed by the executives with the consent of the members.
Article II-Executives Section 1: The executive power shall be vested in a President of the Mbrantie Association. He shall hold his office during the term of two years, and, together with the Vice President, Financial Secretary and Organizer chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:
General Election with simple majority to declare the winner.
No person except a natural born Ghanaian, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office that shall not have attained to the age of thirty years and not more than fifty years a resident within Bolingbrook and surrounding cities. This stipulation also affects all other executives.
In case of the removal of an President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the members may by law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
Before they enter on the execution of their office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of this association, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the association, so help me God."
He shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the association, except in cases of impeachment.
He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the members, to make treaties, provided majority of the members present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the members, shall appoint ambassadors, and all other officers of the association, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the members may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone.
Section 2: He shall from time to time give to the association information of the state of the association, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene other executives or members, he shall receive ambassadors and other executives from other associations; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
Section 3: The President, Vice President and all other executives, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors against the association.
Executives shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members on any question shall, at the desire of one fourth of those present, be entered on the journal.
Section 4:1 The executives, with the consent of members shall have power to lay and collect dues and fines, to pay debts, donations and provide for the general welfare of the association; but all dues and fines shall be uniform throughout the association;
To borrow money on the credit of the association;
To regulate commerce with other organizations;
To establish a uniform rule of becoming a member;
To establish point of contacts for jobs, place to live and education.
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Welfare Committee that will be established by members.
To define and punish tardiness.
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the administration of the association.
The vice president is charged with the duty of assisting the president in the performance of all the above duties.
The financial secretary is charged with the duty of assisting the president in all financial matters.
The organizing secretary is charged with the duty of assisting the president in all matters pertaining to the organization of all events.
Article III-Welfare Section 1: The welfare and judicial power of the association shall be vested in one Welfare Committee to be established.
Section 2: The welfare and judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution and the laws of the association.
The welfare committee shall be constituted of three (3) members.
Article III-Constitutional Amendment Procedures Constitutional amendment will take the following form: Any constitutional amendment proposal should be in writing. The proposal is going to be read in the meeting following the submission of the proposal. For the proposal to go to the discussion stage, another member should second the proposal. After discussion a vote is going to be taken, if the majority of active members present are in favor of the proposal then it will go to the executives for review, other wise the proposal will be dropped. The executives will deliberate on the proposal and also vote on it. If majority of the executives vote in favor of the pro proposal, it comes back to the floor for a final discussion and a final vote. For the final vote, two-thirds majority of active members present should approve. On the other hand, if the majority of the executives do not favor the proposal, then the proposal will been dropped. In all voting scenarios. If there is a tie, the president or acting president has the casting vote.