Standing Rules & Procedures–State Convention
Constitution Party of Idaho
STANDING RULES & PROCEDURES
Delegates to STATE convention
Supplement to Constitution Party of Idaho By-Laws
Adopted by State Central Committee June 2, 2016
To bring about the business of the State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho in an efficacious, judicious and co-operative manner, these supplemental Standing Rules & Procedures pertaining to the conduct of aforesaid State Convention are herewith set forth to govern the proceedings, and to comply with the directives of Idaho Elections Code.
Idaho Code grants to each qualified political party the authority over their respective conventions, at §34-707. Under the directive of Idaho Code, the Constitution Party of Idaho is obligated, as follows: “Each state convention shall write and adopt rules and regulations governing the conduct of their respective conventions”. These are mandatory. Each state convention may also: “Adopt rules, regulations and directives regarding party policies, practices and procedures.”
Constitution Party of Idaho By-Laws, Article VI—Meetings and Conventions, Section 6.2—State Convention, are the principle authority governing conduct of the State Convention. Herein, these Standing Rules & Procedures for State Convention are intended to supplement, but not to replace, the Constitution Party of Idaho By-Laws. Their intent is clarification of procedure.
DATE OF STATE CONVENTION
By custom and practice, State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho convenes on the Saturday on or about the first day of August in an election year—i.e. each even numbered year.
Pursuant to Constitution Party of Idaho By-Laws, Article V, Organization, Section 5.1, State Central Committee, E. Duties. 1. State Central Committee (a): “The State Central Committee shall be the governing body of the Constitution Party of Idaho and shall formulate and provide for the execution of such policies, plans and measures as it may deem conducive to the best interest of the party, and in conformity with these By Laws.”
State Convention—Near as practical to the first weekend in August
Idaho Code, §34-501 establishes the requirements for maintaining a party’s ballot qualification; namely, the state affiliate must stand candidates for “statewide office;” which is defined as: “candidates for state or national office listed under the party name at the last election.”
This definition includes State Legislature candidates, which are most likely to be contested at a May primary. Coincident with Constitution Party of Idaho registration growth, the trend is toward contested state primaries—e.g. 2014 District 1 State Senate; 2016 U.S. Senate.
To force the Idaho Convention to match an early April National Convention date is incompatible with state party electoral needs and privileges. Doing so would convene the state party before the Idaho Primary, the same being fixed by Idaho Code §34-106 as the third Tuesday in May of each general election year. Lacking prescience, the primary results would not be known prior to convening; and thus, the state convention could not carry out its statutory obligations.
State Convention—No statewide candidate shall appear without endorsement
Under By-Laws, Article VIII, Section 8.3—Candidates, Section A, a prohibition is declared, specifically: “No candidate shall appear on the state ballot under the State Party banner in a general election without the endorsement of the Constitution Party of Idaho.”
Further, under “Requirements for supporting candidates of the State Party,” Article VIII, Section 8.3, Paragraph 3: “For statewide office, endorsement shall be by the State Convention.”
This is obligatory upon the State Convention. Thus, for practicality in meeting its obligations of endorsement, State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho cannot occur any earlier than sixty (60) days following the third Tuesday in May primary.
State Convention—Conflict on independent candidate write-in deadline
Further, in certain circumstances, the Constitution Party of Idaho may endorse write-in candidates —e.g. 2014 Write-In Governor. However, this shall not be construed to mean that endorsement of “fusion candidates” is permissible. By-Laws, Article III, Section C, forbid dual party membership.
Idaho Code, §34-702, stipulates the deadline for write-in candidates to pay the filing fee in order to be listed (i.e. to be printed) on the November General Ballot as “within ten (10) days following the primary election canvass.” This deadline for write-in candidates to be on the printed ballot occurs in early June and is a variable date, being dependent upon the date of the primary on the third Tuesday in May.
If deemed in the best interest of the state party, an endorsement for a write-in candidate appearing on the printed November General Ballot by State Convention necessarily would be precluded from endorsement by the state convention should the state party seek to accommodate the national party’s decision to hold national convention in early April. Doing so would procedurally be out of order, and would deny process of political association, which finds no basis under constitutional electoral law.
State Convention—Irreconcilable dates require appointment of National Delegates
These Rules & Procedures therefore exercise full and complete authority to set the date of State Convention irrespective of the National Convention, and to govern the selection of Constitution Party National Delegates under the aforesaid Idaho Code §34-707.
Because of the disparity between the respective dates of the state and national conventions, the By-Laws of the Constitution Party of Idaho were amended as they pertain to National Delegates.
Specifically, in the event that National Convention takes place before the State Convention, under By-Laws, Section 6.3 A. (1)(a), the selection of National Delegates shall be by the State Central Committee, which is to meet in special session for such purpose no less than sixty (60) days prior to the National Convention.
Due to the National Committee insistence upon an early National Convention date, for the foreseeable future the Idaho State Central Committee shall remain the de facto authority to select National Delegates, until such time as the National Convention date is reconciled with the statutory, operational and practical needs of the Constitution Party of Idaho.
State Convention—Early August in best interest of State Party
The State Central Committee of the Constitution Party of Idaho deems the retention of the customary early August State Convention is in the best interests of the Idaho state party. The closest Saturday to the first day of August in each even-numbered year shall be the date of the State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho.
STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES
Pursuant to Idaho Code §34-507, state convention delegates (who in turn are to elect national and statewide delegates) “shall be selected in the manner prescribed by rules and regulations promulgated and adopted by the state central committee”.
Under By-Laws Section 6.2—State Convention, A. Convention Delegates (1)—“All members of the Constitution Party of Idaho are eligible to be delegates and vote at the State Convention.”
“Member” is defined [By-Laws, §6.2 A (2)], as “lawful Idaho voters who have on current record with the Office of the Idaho Secretary of State a properly filed declaration of affiliation to the Constitution Party of Idaho.” Eligibility to be a state delegate is defined in the By-Laws.
To be credentialed as a Voting Delegate at State Convention, requires [By-Laws, §6.2 A (3) (a -c)] that the Voting Delegate:
- Be affiliated with the Constitution Party of Idaho on the Voter List published by the Office of the Idaho Secretary of State which immediately precedes the Convention by not less than sixty (60) days.
- Or provide official testament by the respective county clerk that the Delegate’s current affiliation to the Constitution Party existed more than sixty (60) days prior to the Convention.
- And, be affiliated to the Constitution Party of Idaho on the most recent Voter List published by the Office of the Idaho Secretary of State that is less than thirty (30) days prior to the Convention.
Affiliation on the Voter List less than thirty (30) days is taken to mean the Voter List most practical and immediate, as provided from the Secretary of State Elections Office, to allow for a reasonable time to receive and compile said Voter List and make it available to the Credentials Committee.
State Convention—Identification Required
Enrollment in the State Convention is to be treated as an election-day registration. Title 34, Idaho Code shall apply to all elections conducted by, for and within this ballot qualified Constitution Party of Idaho, and in all instances whatsoever.
Prior to being granted credentialed access as a Voting Delegate in the State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho, each delegate seeking such access must provide proof of residence and identity pursuant to Idaho Code, §34-408A.
Proof for the purposes of enrolling as a Voting Delegate at State Convention shall include: (1) valid Idaho Driver’s License; or (2) Idaho Identification Card; or (3) any document which contains a valid address in a precinct within Idaho accompanied by a picture identification card; or (4) a valid student identification card with a current student fee statement.
Positive identification is absolutely required before admittance into the State Convention as a Voting Delegate. Pursuant to Idaho Code §34-412, if the credentialing official determines that the person seeking admission is not qualified, he or she shall refuse to credential the person.
The By-Laws are silent upon a quorum for State Convention. Party history indicates that a strictly defined quorum has not been practical or even obtainable—various state events, including State Conventions, have heretofore been and continue to be poorly attended.
By-Laws, Article X, set forth the parliamentary authority as being Robert’s Rules of Order, current edition. These shall govern the proceedings of the State Party whenever they are applicable and not inconsistent with the Constitution Party of Idaho By-Laws, or with Idaho Code, or with any special rules of order that the State Party may adopt.
Robert’s Rules, Article XI, Miscellaneous, Section 64, define quorum as: “The quorum of a body of delegates, unless the by-laws provide for a smaller quorum, is a majority of the number enrolled as attending the convention, not those appointed.”
The By-Laws of the state party do not so provide for a smaller quorum. Therefore, Robert’s Rules apply on matters of quorum at State Convention. The same states: “When societies have no by-laws establishing a quorum, the quorum consists of those who attend the meeting, provided it is either a stated meeting or one that has been properly called.”
State Convention is a stated meeting, and is properly called. Therefore, in accordance with parliamentary rules, quorum shall consist of those duly credentialed Constitution Party of Idaho voters who attend the state convention as Delegates, excepting in respect to the quorum required for official certification of candidates who have participated at primary.
State Convention—Primary as Quorum for Certification
One of the principal tasks of State Convention is to certify the party’s General Election candidates. All registered Constitution Party of Idaho voters have had a direct voice in selecting, or the opportunity to select, the state party’s national and statewide candidates at Primary.
Therefore, this party’s national and statewide primary candidate preference, expressed via verifiable Primary Ballot, shall be considered a quorum for purposes of the State Convention’s certification of its national and statewide candidates.
Because eligible Voting Delegates constitute the entire registered base of the Constitution Party of Idaho, in order to transact business at State Convention the practice has been to treat a majority of those present as being the effective quorum.
This practice is considered equivalent to the acceptance of the primary voter turnout at the polls, however light, as being the official expressed will of the state party.
Until such time as State Convention attendance of enrolled delegates exceeds the total caucus of the official Idaho primary ballots, the results of said primaries must necessarily be considered as being the default decision of State Convention on matters of certification.
Said primary is treated as absentees in possession of live ballots awaiting formal tally at the state convention. Parliamentary procedures protecting the rights of these absentees are to be fully enforced at State Convention. No suspension of rules, whether by majority or even by unanimity, is permissible which in its effect will infringe upon the rights of these absentees.
In 2016, the Presidential Primary totaled 485 ballots cast. That number shall constitute the state convention quorum for purposes of a majority on the question of certification of presidential and vice-presidential candidates by state convention in 2016.
In 2016, the Statewide Primary totaled 220 ballots cast. That number shall constitute the state convention quorum for purposes of a majority on the question of certification of the statewide elective candidate (for U.S. Senate) by state convention in 2016.
State Convention—Allowance for Primary as Quorum
Robert’s Rules, Note on Quorum, states: “it is seldom that a vote as great as a majority of the total membership of a large voluntary organization can be obtained on anything.” An allowance is therefore made. The act of the body is defined under Robert’s Rules as: “a majority vote (which means a majority of those who vote) shall be sufficient to make the act the act of the body.”
In the case of the 2016 Presidential Primary, these voting absentees represented 21.3% of the total registered base of the Constitution party of Idaho; coincidentally about one-fourth, which Robert’s Rules consider sufficient.
In the case of the 2016 Statewide Primary, approximately 16.7% of the registered base voted, also herewith deemed sufficient, being above 6% cited within Robert’s Rules as the historical basis used under Parliament from which the rules were derived.
State Convention—Bound by Mandatory Primary
By participating in the Idaho Presidential Primary and the Idaho State Primary, the Constitution Party of Idaho accepts the primary as a “mandatory primary”—meaning the state party’s National and State Delegates are “bound” by the results.
State Convention shall not pass ex post facto revisions of Rules & Procedures which would, upon their passage, infringe or abridge the rights of the aforementioned absentees or their primary candidates as understood within the parameters set forth in Constitution Party of Idaho Rules & Procedures, Delegates to National Convention, the same being adopted by the State Central Committee on September 24, 2015.
STATE CONVENTION ORDER OF BUSINESS
Robert’s Rules, Article XI, Miscellaneous, Section 65, set forth a typical order of business, when no rule has been previously adopted setting the order. With certain modifications, as enumerated in the By-Laws, State Convention will take up the general template in Section 65 as being the order of State Convention business.
State Convention—Limits upon Debate
State Convention, out of a necessity to be frugal in expenditure, has been rendered into a one day session. The Constitution Party of Idaho therefore does not have the luxury to extend leisure in considering its agenda and disposing of its business.
Given the magnitude and priority of business which must be addressed through a biennial State Convention constrained to a single day session, it is necessary to limit debate.
This necessity does not supplant the principle of debate—majority or minority—on main motions and state affiliate business. Nevertheless, the inherent right to limit the time assigned for debate is assumed from Robert’s Rules, Section 30.
To ensure orderly transaction of convention business, much of which entails statutorily required action, these Standing Rules & Procedures hereby fix a time limit of no more than three (3) minutes per speech by its members upon all questions pending before State Convention.
Members are expected to be efficient with their time. All time yielded by speakers in the debate allowance, shall accrete to the Chairman in a general pool. At his discretion, yielded time may be dispersed should the convention’s interest in a particular item under discussion go long.
But in all cases, it is the responsibility of the Chairman to impose the discipline of the clock, and to bring business before the assembly in its proper order within the time assigned.
State Convention—Credentials Committee Report
By-Laws, Section 6.2—State Convention, A (4) mandates that, upon conclusion of the opening ceremonies that the Credentials Committee shall make known who is entitled to vote at state convention. The By-Laws follow Robert’s Rules, Part II, Organization, Meetings, and Legal Rights of Assemblies, Section 71, which state that a convention “should provide for hearing the report of the credentials committee as soon as the opening exercises are concluded.”
The first order of State Convention business is therefore the acceptance of the Credentials Committee report, and any amendments made thereto. This acceptance decides the membership of the state convention. Only said membership, once accepted under credentials, is entitled to vote in State Convention excepting those ballots cast by primary absentees awaiting formal tally.
In instances where a contest between two sets of delegates may exist and the Credentials Committee finds serious doubt as to who is entitled to recognition, the Committee shall omit both from the Credentials list and report the fact of the contest to the Convention.
However, pursuant to Robert’s Rules, Section 71, if the Committee thinks the contest is not justified it should ignore the contest and enter on the list the names of the legitimate delegates.
Further, whenever confronted with dilatory attempts to prevent the State Convention from seating its delegates, the Chairman of the State Convention shall exercise authority under By-Laws, Section 6.2—State Convention, B (2), and rule the Credentials Committee report as accepted.
The rulings of the Chairman of the State Convention shall be the decision on the question before the body.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the credentials report to nine (9) minutes.
State Convention—Program Committee Report
By-Laws, Section 6.2—State Convention, A (5) mandates that immediately following the acceptance of the Credentials report, the Program Committee is to submit the printed program and motion its adoption, subject to amendment.
Further, “Once adopted Convention Delegates may not deviate from the Program unless by a two/thirds majority vote upon a proper motion in order to do so.”
Whenever confronted with dilatory attempts to prevent the State Convention from setting an agenda, the Chairman of the State Convention shall exercise authority under By-Laws, Section 6.2—State Convention, B (2), and rule the Program Committee report as accepted.
The rulings of the Chairman of the State Convention shall be the decision on the question before the body.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the program report to nine (9) minutes.
State Convention—Privilege of Credentials and Program Committees
The above limitations upon time notwithstanding, given the inexorable vagaries of life the Credentials Committee and Program Committee retain privilege at any time throughout the State Convention to make supplementary reports—e.g. to accommodate additional delegates who may arrive, or to make allowance for speakers on the program who may be unable to attend or who are delayed by circumstances beyond their control.
State Convention—Previous Minutes
Robert’s Rules, Article XI, Miscellaneous, Section 65, set forth a typical order of business. After the settlement of the convention membership and program, the next immediate order of business is reading and approval of the Minutes of the previous State Convention.
Principal responsibility for the Minutes rests with the Secretary of the Constitution Party of Idaho, under the By-Laws. Absent a Secretary, the responsibility devolves to the State Chairman.
A motion to dispense with reading of the Minutes may be entertained. If reading is dispensed, the Minutes shall be entered into the record, tantum et tale (as is).
At the close of the convention, normal parliamentary practice is to read and approve the minutes of that day before adjournment sine die.
If there is not time to read and approve the convention minutes, a motion should be adopted to authorize State Central Committee in its subsequent regular meeting to edit, approve and cause to be published the Minutes of the State Convention.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the acceptance of the Minutes to six (6) minutes.
State Convention—Treasurer’s Report
Following the reading of the Minutes, the next item of business to be taken up is the Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer is always required to make an annual report, under Robert’s Rules, Article X, Section 62. The Treasurer’s Report is to be upon the immediately concluded fiscal year.
Fiscal Year is defined under the By-Laws, Article IX, Finance, Section A, as being from July 1 through June 30 of the calendar, inclusive.
A detailed accounting is handled under audit, and therefore is not necessary for the convention. A brief summary including the balance beginning, the annual receipts and disbursements, and the closing balance will suffice, and must be reported.
Further, under Robert’s Rules, Section 62, “If there are no auditors, the report when made, should be referred to an auditing committee.” This auditing committee should report on it at the next regular scheduled meeting of the State Central Committee.
The proper form of referral is a subsidiary motion attached to the Treasurer’s Report when it is made, as found under Robert’s Rules, Section 32. The audit is committed by State Convention.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the acceptance of the financial report to six (6) minutes.
State Convention—State of the State Report
In order of convention business, following the acceptance or referral of the Treasurer’s Report, the State Chairman is next to report upon the condition of the Constitution Party of Idaho. This is hereinafter referred to as the “State of the State” Report.
While occupying the customary place in the agenda order typically taken up by Special Committee reports, the State of the State Report is treated as the presentation of a communication to the assembly.
The content and focus of the State of the State Report is subject to the discretion of the State Chairman alone. Suggested topics of importance to address within the body of the State of the State Report are: registered voter data, state party organization, national party affairs, website status, inventory, public programs, appointment needs and budget.
Upon presenting the State of the State Report, the communication to the assembly is subject to discussion and exchange. Discussion must be limited, under the constraints of time, to the merits of the immediate pending communication presented to the assembly.
Each enrolled credentialed voting delegate may speak twice upon the presented information, but so long as other voting delegates wish to speak, no person who has already spoken may speak before those seeking to discuss the report have had an opportunity to speak.
Once all who wish to speak upon the report have done so, the State of the State is to be accepted into the records as a special report to the State Convention.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the State of the State Report to fifteen (15) minutes.
State Convention—Adopt Rules and Procedures Governing State Convention
In obedience to Idaho Code, §34-707, these Constitution Party of Idaho Rules and Procedures govern Delegates to State Convention as adopted by the State Central Committee, and the same are considered as having met mandatory requirements to be in possession of rules governing the conduct of the State Convention of the Constitution Party of Idaho.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the Convention Rules to six (6) minutes.
State Convention—Adoption of State Party By-Laws
As permitted under Idaho Code, §34-707, and By-Laws, Article VI, Section 6.2, Subsection B, 6(c), Voting Delegates to State Convention may “Adopt rules, regulations and directives regarding party policies, practices and procedures.”
Under By-Laws, Article XI, Amendments, A, amendments to the By-Laws may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at any State Party Convention. However, as stipulated under By-Laws, Article XI, Amendments, B, “Proposed amendments to the By Laws must be submitted in writing to the State Central Committee thirty (30) days prior to the meeting during which the amendments are to be considered.”
Prior notice of proposed amendments is a matter of parliamentary process, to allow comment and review. Therefore, a thirty day (30) prior notice in writing to amend of the By-Laws shall be strictly enforced. Absent the above written prior notice, no amendment shall be considered.
If proposed By-Laws amendments are properly received as defined above, the State Central Committee shall cause to be published said proposed amendments in writing to the State Party Convention Delegates not less than fourteen (14) days prior to convening State Convention. Proposed By-Laws amendments posted on the state party website shall constitute “publication” within the context of this rule.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the By-Laws to six (6) minutes.
State Convention—Adoption of State Party Platform
Under By-Laws, Article XI, Amendments, A, amendments to the State party Platform may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at any State Party Convention. However, as stipulated under By-Laws, Article XI, Amendments, D, “Proposed amendments to the State party Platform must be submitted in writing to the State Central Committee thirty (30) days prior to the meeting during which the amendments are to be considered.”
A thirty day (30) prior notice in writing to amend of the Platform shall be strictly enforced. Absent the above written prior notice, no amendment shall be considered.
If proposed Platform amendments are properly received as defined above, the State Central Committee shall cause to be published said proposed amendments in writing to the State Party Convention Delegates not less than fourteen (14) days prior to convening State Convention. Proposed Platform amendments posted on the state party website shall constitute “publication” within the context of this rule. The State party Platform may only be amended at a State Convention.
These Standing Rules & Procedures limit the length of debate upon the By-Laws to six (6) minutes.
STATE CONVENTION CANDIDATE CERTIFICATION AND ENDORSEMENT
In presidential election years, the Constitution Party of Idaho State Convention is expressly tasked by Idaho Code §34-711 to certify to the Idaho Secretary of State, on or before September 1, the names of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates and presidential electors, in order for them to appear on the general election ballot.
State Convention—Claim Upon Ballot Rights
The Constitution Party of Idaho insists upon the whole of its rights, at all times and in all places within the jurisdiction of the Gem State.
Idaho Code §34-735 pertains to Presidential Primary Results. Upon certification by the Idaho Secretary of State of the number of votes each presidential primary candidate received, “A winner shall be declared as prescribed by rule of the state and national party.”
Article III, paragraph 3 of the Constitution of the Constitution Party states: “Nothing in this Constitution or the bylaws of the Constitution Party shall confer upon the national party any authority to direct the internal affairs of any state affiliate.” The Constitution Party of Idaho reads this paragraph strictly.
Election rules and procedures are an internal affair under the strict authority of the state affiliate, in compliance with Idaho elections law.
In March and in May 2016, respectively, under the rule of the Constitution Party of Idaho, a presidential primary winner and a statewide primary winner for United States Senator were declared.
Under the authority enumerated through the Idaho Code, at §34-707, the Constitution Party of Idaho takes up its power of ballot right and political association. National and Statewide Constitution Party candidates who seek ballot participation in Idaho shall follow the rules and procedures set forth by this state affiliate.
STATE CONVENTION ELECTION OF STATE OFFICERS
The Constitution Party of Idaho shall elect state officers in accordance to the procedures set forth in the By-Laws and the Idaho Code. Such election shall be by secret ballot.
The term of service of the aforesaid officers shall be two (2) years from adjournment of the state convention to adjournment of the next immediate state convention.
Should an insufficient number of willing members stand for party elective offices, these may with time permitting be appointed as acting offices by the State Chairman as needed and practical.
Regardless of number of party offices held, each individual shall have only one vote in council.
STATE CONVENTION MISCELANEOUS
State Convention —Dilatory Motions
The Constitution Party of Idaho reserves the inherent right to protect itself from being imposed upon by members using parliamentary forms to prevent it from doing the very thing for which is convened. It takes up Robert’s Rules, Article V, Subsidiary Motions, Section 40.
Dilatory, frivolous or absurd motions, which have as their object the intent to obstruct or halt the convention’s business, shall not be entertained by the Chairman. A minority of disaffected members shall not be permitted to stop the business of the State Convention, nor will the rights of the deliberative assembly be held hostage.
No dilatory, absurd, obstructionist or frivolous motions are allowed. The Chairman shall be firm in the State Convention from imposition. In this instance, the ruling of the Chairman is the decision of the deliberative body.
State Convention —Ejection
The Constitution Party of Idaho insists upon the whole of its rights, including the right of an assembly to eject anyone from its place of meeting. Under Robert’s Rules, Article XIII, Legal Rights of Assemblies and Trial of Their Members, Section 73, either by a rule or by a vote, State Convention has the right to decide who may be present during is session.
When the convention decides that a specific person shall not remain in the room, “it is the duty of the chairman to enforce the rule of order, using whatever force is necessary to eject the party.”
Further, “However badly the man may be abused while being removed from the room, neither the chairman nor the society is liable for damages, as, in ordering his removal, they did not exceed their legal rights.”
State Convention —Amendments, Reconciliation
Amendments which may be necessary in order to reconcile these Rules & Procedures to Idaho Code with the By-Laws of The Constitution Party of Idaho may be brought under the process of Amendment, as enumerated under Article XI of this state affiliate’s By-Laws.
Herewith complete Rules & Procedures • Delegates to State Convention
Adopted By Voice of the State Central Committee 2 June 2016