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UNAA EC 2011 ~ 2011 UNAA Denver Elections – OPEN POSITIONS

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Posted July 19, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 4,697 views

     

The UNAA Electoral Commission wishes to thank all the members of the Ugandan Community for your willingness to serve in the respective capacities. It is your charisma, spirit and dedication that will take UNAA to the next level where she will continue to be viewed as a unified body in the Diaspora symbolizing a distinct society. If you want change, please run for a UNAA Office – See you in Denver!!

UGANDAN NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, A Non-Profit Organization. Contact the UNAA ELECTORAL COMMISSION: P.O.BOX 25097, CHICAGO, IL 60625, EMAIL: UNAAEC2011@YAHOOGROUPS.COM

2011 UNAA DENVER ELECTIONS – OPEN POSITIONS

Ugandan North American Association (UNAA), a not-for-profit Organization which shall hereinafter be called the Association „and or UNAA„and both shall represent and have the same meaning, will elect her new leaders in September 2011.

The nomination and certification period will run from: 12:01 am on 06/25/11 to 11:59 pm on 08/25/11.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS: All documents MUST be mailed to:
UNAA Electoral Commission, Attn: Jude Ssempungu
P.O. BOX 25097 CHICAGO, IL. 60625

For questions about the Electoral Commission, send an e-mail to: UNAAEC2011@yahoogroups.com
For EC documents and Forms/Agreements, please visit: www.unaa.org / click on ? VOTE”
For the Constitution, please visit: www.unaa.org
For UNAA Registration and Membership, please: www.unaa.org

OPEN POSITIONS FOR THE UNAA ELECTIONS DENVER 2011
7.5: Election: Each Member of the UNAA Council shall be elected by full members of the Association in his or her region as defined in Schedule A of this Constitution. Members aged 18 to 30 years resident in Canada shall elect the Representatives for Young Adults in Canada. Members aged 18 to 30 years resident in the United States of America shall elect the Representatives for Young Adults in the United States of America. Elections for the UNAA Council shall be held at a place and time that shall be determined by the UNAA Electoral Commission.

7.6: Number and size of regions: Following the adoption of this amended Constitution, the UNAA Council shall consist of six [6] members representing 6 regions of Canada; twelve [12] members representing 12 regions of the United States of America and four [4] representatives of Young Adults as detailed in Schedule A of this Constitution. A UNAA Region, which fails to elect a Representative, shall remain unrepresented on the UNAA Council until such time that it elects one.

The number and size of regions, which shall elect members of the UNAA Council. There will be a total of 26 positions open for election in Denver, 2011 Election Year. They are listed as follows:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (4 Positions/Representatives)
YOUTH REPRESANTATIVES – UNITED STATES ( 2 Positions/Representatives)
UNAA COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP BY REGION (USA)

NEW ENGLAND REGION – (1Position/Representative)
Vermont
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Maine
Maine
Rhode Island

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – (1Position/Representative)
New York
New Jersey
Connecticut

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – (1Position/Representative)
Pennsylvania
Washington DC
Delaware
Virginia
Maryland
West Virginia

SOUTH EAST REGION — (1 Position/Representative)
North Carolina
Georgia
South Carolina
Alabama
Kentucky
Tennessee
Mississippi
Florida
Puerto Rico and all Caribbean Islands
Georgia

SOUTH-WEST REGION 1 – (1 Position/Representative)
Southern Texas
Louisiana
Belize
Costa Rica
Cuba
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama

SOUTH-WEST REGION 2 — (1 Position/Representative)
Northern Texas
Oklahoma
Arkansas

GREAT LAKES REGION — (1 Position/Representative)
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Ohio
Wisconsin
Minnesota

CENTRAL PLAINS REGION — (1 Position/Representative)
Nebraska
Kansas
Iowa
Missouri

ROCKY MOUNTAINS REGION – (1 Position/Representative)
New Mexico
Colorado
Wyoming
Utah
South Dakota
North Dakota
Montana

NORTH PACIFIC REGION — (1 Position/Representative)
Idaho
Washington
Alaska
Oregon

SOUTH PACIFIC REGION 1- (1 Position/Representative)
Northern California
Northern Nevada

SOUTH PACIFIC REGION 2- (1 Position/Representative)
Arizona
Southern California
Hawaii
Southern Nevada

UNAA COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP BY REGION
(II) CANADA
Female Representative for Young Adults in Canada (1 position/Representative)
Male Representative for Young Adults in Canada ( 1 Position/Representative)

ATLANTIC REGION – ( 1 Position/Representative)
Newfoundland & Labrador
New Brunswick
• Nova Scotia
Greenland
• Prince Edward Island
Saint Pierre et Miquelon

CENTRAL REGION 1 – (1 Position /Representative)
Eastern Ontario
Quebec

CENTRAL REGION 2- (1 Position/Representative)
Northern Ontario
Southern Ontario
Southwestern Ontario

PRAIRIES REGION – (1 Position/Representative)
North West Territories
Manitoba
Yukon
Saskatchewan
Nunavut

MOUNTAIN REGION – (1 Position/Representative)
• Alberta

PACIFIC REGION – (1 Position/Representative)
• British Columbia


BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS

UNAA, a tax-exempt 501 (C) (3) organization, requires Board members who are qualified, able and willing to serve in a voluntary, unpaid capacity and to discharge their duties in full compliance with the Constitution of UNAA and with all the applicable federal and state/provincial laws of the United States of America and Canada.
In addition to being a person of good moral character, individuals seeking to become members of the board of directors, serve in positions of high authority and manage the finances of UNAA, must understand and be willing to accept the potential for a closer federal scrutiny of their business associations, legal status, and personal dealings. Therefore, the Electoral Commission has deemed it necessary to conduct a formal background check process going back 7 years for all candidates who are seeking to run for the following positions ONLY:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. PRESIDENT
3. SECRETARY
2. VICE PRESIDENT
4. TREASURER
SELECTED VENDOR TO CONDUCT UNAA-EC 2011 BACKGROUND CHECKS:
Accurate Background, Inc.
Lake Forest, CA
800.216.8024
**ISO 9001:2008 Certified**
BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS:
Upon receipt of the candidate?s intent to run for any of the 4 official positions stated above, the EC Treasurer will notify the candidate of the background check process. In order to maintain confidentiality, all communication will be between the candidate and Accurate Background Inc. Credit checks will not be required or verified for the 4 candidates. The Candidate will authorize the EC to share ONLY the candidate?s e-mail address with Accurate. A signed release form to share the e-mail address will be provided. Accurate Inc., will request the necessary information directly from the candidate. Accurate Background Inc., will conduct background checks for candidates residing in North America including Canada. Accurate Inc., will verify records namely:
1) Candidate?s criminal records for the last 7 years.
2) Education – only as listed on the Candidate?s Manifesto

BACKGROUND CHECK CLEARANCE:
Accurate Inc., will notify the EC Treasurer that the candidate has been cleared through the background check process. The EC Treasurer will then certify the candidate as meeting the eligibility to run for the office of intent with UNAA International and the appropriate certification process will be initiated.

Adjudication Process
If the candidate has not been cleared by Accurate Inc., the candidate will go through the Adjudication process. At this point, ONLY will the EC Vice Chairperson get involved and notify the candidate of the discrepancy. The Candidate will have 7 business days to clear the discrepancy with Accurate Inc. directly. If the candidate is not cleared, he/she will be withdrawn from the candidacy and will be notified accordingly. There will be NO Exceptions after the adjudication process is completed and case closed.

CANDIDATE AGREEMENT:
All candidates must sign a Candidate Agreement authorizing the Electoral Commission to make inquiries about him or her from the authorized individual, Community or Agency in order to determine the validity of their information and eligibility. The candidate will also sign a release authorizing the EC to share the e-mail address with Accurate Background Inc., to initiate his/her background check process if they are running for the 4 key positions stated above. The Candidate will also sign a release authorizing the EC to get involved in case of a discrepancy and initiation of the Adjudication Process.

NOMINATION AND CERTIFICATION PERIOD:
This is the period established by the EC as from “Inception to Certification” where by the Candidates will submit their required documents to express the intent of running for an office, to the final stage where the EC declares and certifies the Candidate as meeting the requirements to qualify as a candidate in good standing.
To enable the Electoral Commission to carry out its mandated obligations, and to provide candidates with an opportunity to cure any defects that may be discovered within the nomination and certification process, the Commission will adopt a flexible schedule as follows:

The nomination and certification period will run from: 12:01 am on 06/25/11 to 11:59 pm on 08/25/11.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS:  REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

ALL Candidates seeking to run for positions in UNAA are required to provide the following original documents:

  • A signed Candidate Agreement
  • A signed background check authorization form and E-mail release form– Executive Committee positions ONLY.
  • A one-page document of no more than 500 words providing the following information
  • Position sought
  • Name and contact information
  • Current city and state of Residence
  • Statement of past or current activities within UNAA or other local organization(s)
  • Manifesto for the Candidate (Issues & Solutions)
  • Names of 3 recommenders/Seconders with the required information above
  • Photo – An electronic passport color photo of the candidate, of high resolution (2016 x 3024), in JPEG format, and not less than 1 MB in size. The photo must be taken within the last 90 days. The EC intends to use these pictures on the website and in other electoral media.
  • Additional documents in support of the candidate’s qualifications can only be accepted if notarized by a commissioned notary public and a seal must appear on all copies.

DEADLINE COMPLIANCE
The Electoral Commission will ONLY accept Original Documents and must be received by a deadline as stated: 11:59 pm on 08/25/11. There will be NO exceptions. Original documents must be accompanied by candidate fee in a form of Money Order/ certified funds Payable to UNAA. Additional documents in support of the candidate?s qualifications can only be accepted if notarized by a commissioned notary public and a seal must appear on all copies.

All documents MUST be mailed to: UNAA Electoral Commission, Attn: Jude Ssempungu
P.O. BOX 25097 CHICAGO, IL. 60625

UNAA CANDIDATES NOMINATION FEES 2011:
To meet the costs associated with the electoral process, there will be a non-refundable nomination and certification fee. A money order or certified check in USA currency should be made payable to the “Ugandan North America Association” according to the fee schedule below. Personal checks NOT accepted.

Candidates for the office of President
$150.00 USD
Candidates for Vice President
$150.00 USD
Candidates for Secretary
$100.00 USD
Candidates for Treasurer
$100.00 USD
Candidates for Youth Representative
$50.00 USD
Regional Representatives
$75.00

Payments with pertinent documents must be mailed to: UNAA Electoral Commission, Attn: Mr. Jude Ssempungu
P.O. BOX 25097 CHICAGO, IL. 60625

Please note that overnight/express/expedited package services are safely delivered and accepted at this address. Please save your receipts for tracking purposes. The Electoral Commission will adhere strictly to the date stamped and received by postal or any courier/express services and there will be NO exceptions. Hand delivered or electronically submitted documents WILL NOT be accepted.

The Electoral Commission Treasurer will submit all recorded payments to the UNAA International Board Treasurer.
The Electoral Commission encourages all candidates to meet their eligibility requirements, including submittal of proper documents and fees, early so as to be declared official candidates. Please make sure all documents are written/typed legibly to avoid any errors or delays. The Commission will adhere strictly to the date received by postal or any courier services and there will be NO exceptions.

CANDIDATE SECONDMENT:

Candidates for all positions will require at least three signatures of eligible members in good standing as secondment to their candidacy. It was agreed that the Electoral Commission will accept statements with original signatures or e-mail statement stating the following:

The seconders attesting to the “good standing” of the candidate must also meet the eligibility requirement for members in good standing according to the UNAA Constitution. Seconders will also go through the member verification process.
I _____________________(seconder) hereby second the candidacy of Mr/Ms/Mrs____________
for the post of ______________________. And to the best of my knowledge,
Mr/Ms/Mrs___________________ is a person in good standing within the community
Dated this day___________________________________.
Signed__________________________________________

VERIFICATION PROCESS
To determine that the candidate and the seconders are eligible members of UNAA, the Electoral Commission will verify that a candidate and the seconders are members in good standing as outlined in the Constitution.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CANDIDATE:

The Electoral Commission (EC) will abide by the following process:
1. Candidates submit all their documents to the EC Treasurer via the address provided above.

2. The EC Treasurer will send an acknowledgement e-mail confirming receipt of documents. The candidate will receive the communication within 5 business days after the EC Treasurer has received the official documents from the candidate.

3. The EC Treasurer will verify that the candidate is a member in good standing. All verifications for candidate eligibility will go through the UNAA International Board.

4. If the candidate?s position requires background check verification, the EC Treasurer will notify the candidate that he/she will need to go through a background check process. The treasurer will provide the information to the candidate required to initiate the background check process.

5. The EC Treasurer will provide proof of eligibility, i.e., membership number, and background clearance to the EC Secretary in order to certify the candidate.

6. Once the EC determines that a candidate has met the eligibility
Requirements for an office, the Electoral Commission Secretary, will post on UNAA website at www.unaa.org, a one-page document, with an announcement that the Candidate is now officially cleared and certified to run and campaign for the position as stated on his/her manifesto. The names of the candidates will then be included in the balloting materials, to be provided by the Electoral Commission.

7. The Vice Chairperson will communicate with the potential candidates in case there is a discrepancy in the paperwork submitted.

8. All qualified candidates will be given the opportunity to link their websites to the UNAA at www.unaa.org website. However, the candidate must contact the UNAA International Secretary for proper procedures. The Secretary can be reached at: secretary@unaa.org.

ELECTORAL PROCESS PROTOCOL
Any UNAA member who is in good standing in accordance with the Constitution and whose name appears on the Roaster submitted to the Electoral Commission by the UNAA International Board by midnight on August 31, 2011, will be eligible to vote for any candidate of choice.
Time:

Voting will start at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2011, and close on the same day, at 4:00 p.m.

Ballots:

The Electoral Commission wishes to remind all candidates and voters that UNAA’s balloting process, for any office, is based on individual merit. The ballot papers will reflect individual candidate names ONLY; NOT “tickets” composed of teams of different individuals. The Electoral Commission will oversee the entire electoral process including counting and tallying of the ballots.

Campaigning On Election Day:
Campaigning within 100 feet [33 meters] of the election center shall be strictly prohibited. Any candidate or candidate?s campaigners who break this regulation will risk the disqualification of the candidate from the election.

Presentation of Manifestos:
There will be an opportunity for the candidates to make formal presentations of their manifestos during the UNAA Denver Convention in a Debate setting. The time, place and logistics of any presentations are contingent on the program arrangements. The Electoral Commission will communicate additional details at a later date.

ELECTORAL OBSERVERS:
Each candidate will be required to appoint his/her own observers in accordance with the Constitution. The EC has determined that 2 observers – 1 male and 1 female will suffice for each candidate. All candidates are required to submit the names of the 2 observers by August 20, 2011 to the EC Secretary via e-mail at: UNAAEC2011@yahoogroups.com Observers are required to be members in good standing.

ELECTORAL VOLUNTEERS
The EC reserves the right to solicit and use volunteers to assist during the election process as needed. If you are interested in volunteering during the Electoral Process, please send an e-mail to the Secretary at: UNAAEC2011@yahoogroups.com. Volunteers must be members in good standing.

COMMUNICATION:
Secretary of the EC or his designee will collaborate with the UNAA International Board Secretary to post all communication concerning the Electoral Commission to the general public via the website at www.unaa.org all inquiries to the Electoral Commission should be directed to UNAAEC2011@yahoogroups.com. Your inquiries will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours.

Signed: UNAA-Denver Electoral Commission 2011:

Chair Person: Peace Seninde, Vice Chair Person: Michael Kimbugwe, Secretary: Monday Atigo, Treasurer: Jude Ssempungu, Commissioner: Michael Kiyemba, Commissioner: Nambago Kalema, Commissioner: Sam Mutyaba, Commissioner: Fiora Abe, Commissioner: Caroline Olok, Commissioner: Stephen Katende, Commissioner: Moses Kisembo, Commissioner: Edward Kabateraine
Published: July 16, 2011


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