Petition 81046

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Nominations from the Floor (81046-JA-¶2602.2)

Amend ¶2602.2 as follows:
  
   2. Nominations and Election — Members of the council shall be nominated and elected in the manner following: At each quadrennial session of the General Conference, the Council of Bishops shall nominate by majority vote three times the number of ordained ministers and laypersons to be elected at such session of the General Conference. The number to be elected shall correspond to the number of members whose terms expire at the conclusion of such session. Each of the jurisdictions and the central conferences as a group shall be represented by at least one nominee, but it shall not be a requirement that each of the jurisdictions or the central conferences as a group be represented by an elected member. At  Within twenty-four hours of the same daily session at which the above nominations are announced, nominations of both ministers and laypersons may be made from the floor , but at no other time  by submitting a petition signed by at least twenty delegates to the General Conference in a manner prescribed by the rules of the General Conference. The name of each person nominated from the floor shall be published in Daily Christian Advocate along with the names and annual conferences of all the delegates signing their nominating petition. Candidates may not be nominated in any other way.
    The names of all nominees, identified with the conference to which each belongs, and a biographical sketch that does not exceed one hundred words shall be published by the Daily Christian Advocate at least forty-eight hours prior to the time of election, which shall be set by action of the General Conference at the session at which the nominations are made; and from these nominations the General Conference shall elect without discussion, by ballot and majority vote, the necessary number of ministerial and lay members.

This legislation becomes effective upon adoption.

Rationale

This would make the process of nominating candidates for the Judicial Council similar to the process for placing a minority report before the General Conference. It would provide the General Conference with more information about who was nominating a candidate.