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Chapter I General PrinciplesEdit

I. Official NameEdit

  1. Chinese: 澳門維基媒體協會
  2. English: Wikimedia Macau Association

II. AddressEdit

19 N, Block 4, Edifício Wang Kei, 6, Avenida do Bairro da Concórdia, Macau

Chapter II NatureEdit

  1. The Wikimedia Macau Association (“the Association” thereafter) is the only and non-profit and independent, self-ruling association in the Macau Special Administration Region of the People’s Republic of China (“Macau” thereafter).

Chapter III GoalsEdit

  1. To assist the Wikimedia Foundation Inc., in the collection and the editing of knowledge of pedagogical significance, through mobilizing permanent residents of Macau to voluntarily participate in and to make efforts in the promotion of the Wikimedia project and other related projects, and to develop education and the distribution of knowledge in Macau by effectively sharing the above-mentioned knowledge with the global community, by using the Free Documentation License or distributing it to the public domain.
  2. According to Article 134, Chapter 6 of the “Basic Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”(”Basic Law” thereafter), the Association, a regional unit, may cooperate, conclude and development relations with other countries and regions in the name of “Macau, China”.

Chapter IV OrganizationEdit

  1. The General Assembly of the Association is the ultimate authority.
  2. The General Assembly shall be called only by the Representative Council, elected members of the General Assembly in proportion to the minimum of 10, to practice the rights given by the General Assembly.
  3. There shall be a President, a Vice-president, one Treasurer (minimum), an Executive Committee, a Secretariat, a Supervisory Committee and related Subordinate Committees established on demand.
  4. Any of the Executive Committee, the Supervisory Committee and the Subordinate Committees must be seated by a President, a Vice-president and Members of odd numbers. The President must be neutral when making a resolution. He or she may cast the final vote only if the number of votes received from the pro and the con side are the same.
  5. All posts last for two years. The Rules for the Election, Rights, and Number of Persons Allocated shall be drafted and approved by the Executive Committee.
  6. If a post is vacant for more than six months either because of death, health issues or resignation, a by-election must be held to replace the vacancy according to the related Rules of the Election.

Chapter V General AssemblyEdit

Calling of the General AssemblyEdit

  1. The General Assembly of the Association is the ultimate authority.
  2. The rights of the General Assembly shall be exercised by the Representative Council, elected members of the General Assembly in proportion to the minimum of 10, and the calling of the Assembly.
  3. The post of the Representatives lasts for two years. The Rules for the Election, Rights, and Number of Persons Allocated shall be drafted and approved by the Executive Committee.
  4. The General Assembly must be called at minimum once a year. A written notice shall be issued fifteen days, at minimum, before the date of the Assembly to the membership.
  5. Only in case of emergency a Special Assembly may be called. A written notice shall be issued five days, at minimum, before the date of the Assembly to the membership. Such an Assembly may be called only by the joint act of ten members, and the approval of the Executive Committee.

MembershipEdit

  1. The Assembly shall be seated by a President, the First and Second Vice-Presidents and all members.
  2. The First Vice-President shall oversee the duties of the President if the latter is not unable to do so. The position shall be replaced by the Second President if the First Vice-President is unable to oversee such duties.

The Rights of the General AssemblyEdit

  1. To elaborate and amend the Charter;
  2. To elect and impeach the President, the Vice-president, members of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat, and the Supervisory Committee;
  3. To approve the amount and means of payment of the admission fee, annual fee and donations;
  4. To approve the Annual Plan, the Annual Report, the Budget and the Final Accounts;
  5. To approve the disqualification of one’s membership;
  6. To approve the allocation of the property;
  7. To approve other major matters related to the rights of the members, and
  8. To approve the dissolution of the Association.

Acts includeEdit

  1. Those approved by the Executive Committee;
  2. Those Raised by the Supervisory Committee and the Subordinate Committees naturally becomes the Issues during the Assembly, which does not require the approval of the Executive Committee;
  3. Those Jointed Acts Raised by five (the minimum) members naturally becomes the Issues during the Assembly, which does not require the approval of the Executive Committee the Supervisory Committee and the Subordinate Committees.
  4. All jointed Acts signed by less than five members, shall be sent to the Executive Committee, the Supervisory Committee or the related Subordinate Committee and become an Issue during the Assembly after getting the approval.

ResolutionsEdit

  1. The President and the vice-Presidents must be neutral when the General Assembly is making a resolution. They may cast their votes only if the number of votes received from the pro and the con side are the same.
  2. Any plan or resolution shall be considered officially approved only if it receives approval from half plus one or more, or more than 50.00%, of the members attending the Assembly. Otherwise it is nullified.

Chapter VI President and Vice-presidentEdit

RightsEdit

  1. To deliberate the qualifications of the Representatives;
  2. To approve the resignation of the President of Executive Committee;
  3. To hire and relieve volunteers;
  4. To approve and sign the Annual Plan, the Annual Report, the Budget and the Final Accounts; and
  5. Other related issues they should execute.

Chapter VII Executive CommitteeEdit

  • The Executive Committee must be seated by a President, a Vice-president and Members of odd numbers.

RightsEdit

  1. To approve members (representatives) of the Association in a standing manner;
  2. To elect of impeach the President of the Executive Committee;
  3. To approve the resignation of its Members;
  4. To Draft the Annual Plan, the Annual Report, the Budget and the Final Accounts;
  5. To Establish Committees, and
  6. Other issues it should execute.
  • Issues must be drafted by the Executive Committee before the calling of the General Assembly.
  • The President must be neutral when the Committee is making a resolution. He or she may cast the final vote only if the number of votes received from the pro and the con side are the same.

Chapter VIII Supervisory CommitteeEdit

  • The Supervisory Committee must be seated by a President, a Vice-president and Members of odd numbers.

RightsEdit

  1. To Supervise and Urge the Operation of the Association;
  2. To Supervise the Operations of the Executive Committee;
  3. To Deliberate the Annual Budget;
  4. To Approve the Resignation of its Members, and
  5. Other issues it should supervise.
  • The President must be neutral when the Committee is making a resolution. He or she may cast the final vote only if the number of votes received from the pro and the con side are the same.

Chapter IX SecretariatEdit

FormationEdit

  1. There must be one (voluntary) Secretary-general in the Secretariat.
  2. Upon the approval of the Executive Committee in necessary, there may be at most three Standing Secretaries.

DutiesEdit

  1. To be responsible for matters related to documents and communications for the Association;
  2. Other matters on the order of the President of Executive Committee. Other workers shall nominated and appointed or relieved by the President of Executive Committee after the approval of the Executive Committee, for the reference of the Supervisory Committee.

Chapter X Subordinate CommitteesEdit

  1. The Subordinate Committees must be seated by a President, a Vice-president and Members of odd numbers.
  2. The rights and duties of the Committees are drafted by the General Assembly or the President and vice-President of the Association.
  3. The President must be neutral when the Committee is making a resolution. He or she may cast the final vote only if the number of votes received from the pro and the con side are the same.

Chapter XI MembershipEdit

  1. The membership of the Association may be categorized as “Basic” (personal), “Group” and “Honorary”.
  2. Those permanent residents of Macau who are, or have been member of the Wikimedia and subordinate projects, are eligible to apply for the membership.
  3. Those who are assisting, or who assisted in the Wikimedia and subordinate projects, are eligible to become members after two members’ reference and the approval of the Executive Committee.
  4. Interested parties shall fill in application forms and hand in related certification to the Executive Committee for approval.
  5. The Supervisory Committee should raise the case of any member conducting any of the following behavior to the Executive Committee, which shall suspend his or hermembership. A act for resolution shall be sent to the General Assembly or the Special Assembly:
    1. Those who breach the Charter;
    2. Those who have been sentenced to prison for one year or more in Macau, other countries or regions,
    3. Those who conduct in illegal businesses, and
    4. Those who damage the fame of the Association by speech or act.

Chapter XII Rights and Duties of the MembersEdit

RightsEdit

  1. Any member of the Association (“member” thereafter) shall not be discriminated or assisted due to his or her nationality, ancestry, race, language, gender, political ideology or philosophical belief, level of education, economic issues or social conditions.
  2. Members enjoy the rights of nomination, election, candidacy, voting, making suggestions and criticism, by the regulations made by the Association.
  3. Members enjoy the rights of human dignity and privacy according to Articles 30, 31, 32 of the “Basic Law”, and other related laws.
  4. Members are eligible to enjoy the facilities of the Association and to participate in the activites held by the Association.

DutiesEdit

  1. Members shall abide to the Charter and all the resolutions of the Association.
  2. Members shall pay the membership fee and annual fee on time.

Chapter XIII MeetingsEdit

  1. The General Assembly must be called at minimum once a year. A written notice shall be issued fifteen days, at minimum, before the date of the Assembly to the membership.
  2. Only in case of emergency a Special Assembly may be called. A written notice shall be issued eight days, at minimum, before the date of the Assembly to the membership. Such an Assembly may be called only by the joint act of ten members, and the approval of the Executive Committee. Otherwise the qualification of the calling shall not be recognized.
  3. Any plan or resolution shall be considered officially approved only if it receives approval from half plus one or more, or more than 50.00%, of the members attending the meeting. Otherwise it is nullified.
  4. Issues must be drafted by the Executive Committee before the calling of the General Assembly. The act raised by the Executive Committee or the members must be approved by half plus one or more, or more than 50.00%, of all the members of the Executive Committee attending the Committee meeting. Those Raised by the Supervisory Committee and the Subordinate Committees naturally becomes the Issues during the Assembly, which does not require the approval of the Executive Committee;
  5. Any meeting of the Executive Committee and the Supervisory Committee may be considered legal and the resolution effective only if more than half of the members of the Committee are present.

Chapter XIV FundingEdit

  1. The Income of the Association includes:
    1. The Admission Fee and the Annual Fee of the members;
    2. Donations;
    3. Profit from activities, and
    4. All Proceeds approved by the General Assembly, the Executive Committee or the Supervisory Committee.

Chapter XV Amendment of the CharterEdit

  1. Any amendment of the Charter must be made by a resolution.

Chapter XVI Explanation of the CharterEdit

  1. The explanatory power of the Charter lies in the ultimate resolution of the General Assembly.
  2. An explanatory session may be proposed to the Executive Committee on demand.

Chapter XVII Supplementary ArticleEdit

  1. Shall there be any matter unmentioned in this Charter, the Executive Committee shall propose an Amendment to the General Assembly.
  2. Any institution under the Association, unless breaching the principles of this Charter, may draft related or extensive regulations.