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Standing Orders



  1. The order of precedence for assuming the chair at a General Meeting shall be in accordance with the Constitution. The chairman of the meeting shall have the power to rule on any question laid down under standing orders, or procedural rules, or on points of order or procedure. His ruling may not be questioned, except as provided for in these standing orders.
  2. The chairman of the meeting may not propose or second a motion or nomination. If he/she wishes to do so he/she must vacate the chair for the duration of the relevant debate. Before vacating the chair, he/she shall ensure that the meeting elects a temporary chairman who shall take the chair until the relevant debate is finished.


  1. No business may be transacted except that which is included on the agenda, except procedural motions.
  2. No amendments to a motion may be introduced from the floor of the meeting.


  1. Only persons eligible to vote shall be entitled to speak, unless specifically invited to do so by the chairman of the meeting.
  2. Speakers shall always address themselves to the chairman.
  3. Any member desiring to speak shall raise his/her hand. When two or more members wish to speak, the Chairman shall normally call upon that member whom he/she first observed.
  4. A member shall remain silent upon being requested to do so by the chairman.
  5. No speech shall be permitted which is not strictly distinct and relevant to business, or to a point of order or information.
  6. In the event of a dispute arising as to the relevance of any speech, the chairman's decision shall be final, except as provided for in these standing orders.


  1. The Chairman shall open discussion on tabled motions by calling upon the proposer.
  2. If any member has indicated before the meeting that he/she wishes to oppose the motion, that member may be called upon to make the initial opposing speech.
  3. After the opening speeches, the motion is open for general debate.
  4. At the conclusion of general debate of a motion, the proposer or his/her nominee, shall have the right to sum up, without introducing new matter to the debate.
  5. Points of information shall not normally be raised during the summing-up speech.


  1. Points of information may be raised at any time if the speaker holding the floor will accept them.
  2. Points of order may be raised at any time, except that the Chairman shall not be interrupted.
  3. Points of order may be raised only to question the procedure of the meeting.
  4. Points of order shall be attended to immediately by the Chairman, whose ruling may not be questioned, except as provided for in these standing orders.
  5. If, in the opinion of the Chairman, points of order or information are being raised to prevent a speaker stating his/her arguments, or to obstruct the course of business, the Chairman may refuse to hear further requests for information or points of order during the remainder of the speaker's remarks.


  1. If, in the opinion of the Chairman, a person or persons is persistently and deliberately preventing the course of business, he/she may instruct that person or persons to remain silent until such time as the present business is completed. If the person disregards this ruling, the chairman may instruct him/her to leave the meeting.
  2. A person who is not eligible to exercise a vote at a General Meeting may not attend such a meeting nor make representation at such a meeting, except with the express authority of the chairman of the meeting.


  1. Procedural motions may be put at any time except that they will not normally be permitted during the main speeches to a motion or during a vote.
  2. Once a procedural motion has been proposed and seconded, discussion on the motion under consideration is suspended until the procedural motion has been determined.
  3. Only the following procedural motions may be put:
    1. That the meeting suspends standing orders numbers......
    2. That the meeting sets aside the ruling of the Chairman as to............
    3. (In this instance the Chairman shall vacate the chair until the outcome is determined.)
    4. That the question be not put.
    5. That the question be now put.
    6. That the discussion relating to......................... be struck from the minutes.
    7. That the meeting proceeds to the next business.
    8. That the meeting adjourn for.......................................
  4. Procedural motions require a majority in excess of opposition of one-third of the votes cast, in order to be carried.




Last revised: June 1996