“If a member can not participate physically during the Election Day, proxy is allowed by filling out the Proxy Form, and submits the form to the Council Election Chair.”
and (h) for Nomination of Candidates & (i) Voting:
(h) Only qualified members who are physically present and nominated on Election Day can be nominated [do you mean elected?, annotation mine]
(i) 1. Voting shall be by secret ballot. xxx 3. Qualified members shall vote in the order of their entrance to the polling place 4. Obtaining ballots. Upon entry to the polling place, members approaches the Council NOMELEC chair [Council Election Chair?, annotation mine], shows his/her professional ID, signs the official registry of voters. She will be given one (1) official folded ballot. (underscoring mine)
Who will cast the vote by secret ballot (see i no. 1) in case this is allowed? The Council Election Chair where this form will be submitted? Do you mean (for the sake of argument) if the Council Election chair receives 30 proxy forms, s/he can vote 31 times or allot this block vote (including his/her vote) to one candidate? Are we allowing the Council election chair to be the “kingmaker”?
As per proxy form:
I, the undersigned member of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), do hereby nominate, and appoint as my PROXY (name of representatives), to represent me at the GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS to be held on ___________ as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if present and acting in person. [underscoring mine]
Same observation as that of Council Election chair, can a member cast a vote more than once if designated as his/her proxy? Can I assigned my “attorney friend” or “driver” as my proxy “as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if present and acting in person? That will be absurd!
“Subscribe to the provisions of the New By-Laws”
I think the PLAI-National NOMELEC must issue a clarification regarding this matter to avoid confusion and chaos in the upcoming GA of the regional council pursuant to its call to held election before October 29, 2007. This issued guidelines is “full of contradictions” and rather strict. What’s the point of issuing a strict guidelines when it will be honored more in breach in lieu for a more simple and briefly worded one. This must be rectified by those concerned officials of the association at the soonest possible time.