Chapter X - onduct of the Debates
Rule 43 - Quorum
The quorum shall be constituted by seven (7) members of the Commission,, as specified
in Article 42 (3) of the Charter.
Rule 44 - Additional Powers of the Chairman
1. In addition to the powers entrusted to him/her under other provisions of the present
Rules of Procedure, the Chairman shall have the responsibility to open and close each
session; he/she shall direct the debates, ensure the application of the present Rules of
Procedure, grant the use of floor, submit to a vote matters under discussion and announce
the result of the vote taken.
2. Subject to the provisions of the present Rules of Procedure, the Chairman shall
direct the discussions of the Commission and ensure order during meeting. The Chairman may
during the discussion of an agenda item, propose to the Commission to limit the time
allotted to speakers, as well as the number of interventions of each speaker on the same
issue and close the list of speakers.
3. He/she shall rule on the points of order. He/she shall also have the power to
propose the adjournment and the closure of debates as well as the adjournment and
suspension of a sitting. The debates shall deal solely with the issues submitted to the
Commission and the Chairman may call a speaker, whose remarks are irrelevant to the matter
under discussion, to order.
Rule 45 - Points of Order
1. During the debate of any matter a member may, at any time, raise a point of order
and the point of order shall be immediately decided by the Chairman, in accordance with
the Rules of Procedure. If a member appeals against the decision, the appeal shall
immediately be put to the vote and if the Chairman's ruling is not overruled by the
majority of the members present, it shall be maintained.
2. A member raising a point of order cannot, in his or her comments, deal with the
substance of the matter under discussion.
Rule 46 - Adjournment of Debates
During the discussion on any matter, a member may move the adjournment of the debate on
the matter under discussion. In addition to the proposer of the motion one member may
speak in favour of and one against the motion after which the motion shall be immediately
put to the vote.
Rule 47 - Limit the Time accorded to Speakers
The Commission may limit the time accorded to each speaker on any matter, when the time
allotted for debates is limited and a speaker spends more time than the time accorded, the
Chairman shall immediately call him to order.
Rule 48 - Closing the list of speakers
The Chairman may, during a debate, read out the list of speakers and with the approval
of the Commission, declare the list closed. Where there are no more speakers, the Chairman
shall, with the approval of the Commission, declare the debate closed.
Rule 49 - Closure of Debate
A member may, at any time, move for the closure of the debate on the matter under
discussion, even if the other members or representatives expressed the desire to take the
floor. The authorisation to take the floor on the closure of the debate shall be given
only to two speakers before the closure, after which the motion shall immediately be put
to the vote.
Rule 50 - Suspension or Adjournment of the Meeting
During the discussion of any matter, a member may move for the suspension or
adjournment of the meeting. No discussion on any such motion shall be permitted and it
shall be immediately put to the vote.
Rule 51 - Order of the Motions
Subject to the provisions of Rule 45 of the present Rule of Procedure the following
motions shall have precedence in the following order over all the other proposals or
motions before the meeting.
a) To suspend the meeting
b) To adjourn the meeting]
c) To adjourn the debate on the item under discussion
d) For the closure of the debate of the item under discussion.
Rule 52 - Submission of Proposals and Amendment of Substance
Unless the Commission decides otherwise the proposals, amendments or motions of
substance made by members shall be submitted in writing to the Secretariat; they shall be
considered at the first sitting following their submission.
Rule 53 - Decisions on Competence
Subject to the provisions of Rule 45 of the Procedure, any motion tabled by a member
for a decision on the competence of the Commission to adopt a proposal submitted to it
shall immediately be put to the vote.
Rule 54 - Withdrawal of a Proposal or a Motion
The sponsor of a motion or a proposal may still withdraw it before it is put to the
vote, provided that it has not been amended. A motion or a proposal thus withdrawn may be
submitted again by another member.
Rule 55 - New Consideration or a Motion
When a proposal is adopted or rejected, it shall not be considered again at the same
session, unless the Commission decides otherwise. When a member moves the new
consideration of a proposal, only one member may speak in favour of and one against the
motion, after which it shall immediately be put to the vote.
Rule 56 - Interventions
1. No member may take the floor at a meeting of the Commission without prior
authorisation on the Chairman. Subject to Rules 45, 48, 49 and 50 the Chairman shall grant
the use of the floor to the speakers in the order in which it has been requested.
2. The debates shall deal solely with the matter submitted to the Commission and the
Chairman may call to order a speaker whose remarks are irrelevant to the matter under
3. The Chairman may limit the time accorded to speakers and the number of the
interventions which each member may make on the same issue, in accordance with Rule 44 of
the present Rules.
4. Only two members in favour and two against the motion of fixing such time limits
shall be granted the use of the floor after which the motion shall immediately be put to
the vote. For questions of procedure the time allotted to each speaker shall not exceed
five minutes, unless the Chairman decides otherwise. When the time allotted discussions is
limited and a speaker exceeds the time accorded the Chairman shall immediately call him to
Rule 57 - Right to Reply
The right of reply shall be granted by the Chairman to any member requesting it. The
member must, while exercising this right, be as brief as possible and take the floor
preferably at the end of the sitting at which this right has been requested.
Rule 58 - Congratulations
The congratulations addressed to the newly elected members to the commission shall only
be presented by the Chairman or a member designated by the latter. Those addressed to the
newly elected officers shall only be presented by the outgoing Chairman or a member
designated by him.
Rule 59 - Condolences
Condolences shall be exclusively presented by the Chairman on behalf of all the
members. The Chairman may, with the consent of the Commission, send a message of