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Press Release: 01-Apr-2010 - Voting on Freedom of Information Amendment


Gopherbashi

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Release: 01-Apr-2010 9:30 PM CN

Topic: Voting on Freedom of Information Amendment

Distribution: For Public Release

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Gopherbashi, Crisconian Press

Voting has concluded on proposed alterations to the Freedom of Information clause within the Charter of the Multicolored Cross-X Alliance. The hotly-contested amendment proposal, which would have released records regarding how frequently each High Councillor voted, received 59.52% support - falling just short of the 60% supermajority required for approval.

The proposal had come under fire from some members of the alliance, who opposed the specifics of how the information would be released. According to criticisms, this amendment would not have given the General Assembly any details on the content of a vote, as only a voting record and a generic title would be released - restricting the usefulness of this information to potential voters. Those in support of the amendment often cited the utility of knowing how active members of the government were during their term of office, so that inactive officials could be pruned out during the ensuing election cycle.

The failure of this proposal means that the current wording of the Freedom of Information clause shall remain in effect. Under the current wording, any and all decisions released by the High Council to the General Assembly must contain a record of how each High Councillor voted on that matter. It also mandates that rationale for military action must be provided to the General Assembly when war is declared; an item likewise included in the proposed amendment. Neither the current amendment or its proposed successor would have prevented the High Council from releasing more information than required to by law. More information on the MCXA Charter can be found on their forums, or on the Cybernations Wiki.

Elections for the 19th High Council of the Multicolored Cross-X Alliance begin on the 9th of April, and shall conclude on or before the 13th.

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wow, 59.52% of an alliance wanted something but didnt get it.

i dont really understand the reason of a super majority among the general membership. it makes more sense to me personally for a super majority to be used among the high councilors, but now a good chunk of the alliance is disenfranchised.

however the MCXA has been through a lot and have persevered so what do i know.

VIVA MCXA B-)

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What can I say logan, democracy can sometimes be a complicated process. However, I thought during my time in MCXA there was already an Act similar to this one, or was it that Gopher released the Votes at the end of each term without my supreme consent :lol1: <3

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What can I say logan, democracy can sometimes be a complicated process. However, I thought during my time in MCXA there was already an Act similar to this one, or was it that Gopher released the Votes at the end of each term without my supreme consent :lol1: <3

The current act (which remains unchanged through the failure of this proposal) has remained unchanged (at least to the best of my knowledge) for roughly the past year and a half.

Upon the release of a High Council decision to the General Assembly, the High Council member posting the announcement of the decision must release a list of each individual High Council member's vote or non vote on that decision to the General Assembly as well. In addition upon the release of a call for military action, be it against an individual or alliance as a whole, a set of reasons must be provided so long as it bares no threat to the safety of MCXA.

I think I released the results of all the votes only once (it takes a hell of a lot of work), and that was back in 2008 some time. That being said, most of the HC topics moved into public viewing during my time in government would have had a vote summary listed somewhere in the thread.

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