Chapter XI - Vote and Elections
Rule 60 - Right to Vote
Each member of the Commission shall have one vote. In the case of equal number of votes
the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
Rule 61 - Asking for a Vote
A proposal or a motion submitted for the decision of the Commission shall be put to the
vote if a member so requests. If no member asks for a vote, the Commission may adopt a
proposal or a motion without a vote.
1. Except as otherwise provided by the Charter or other Rules of the present Rules of
Procedure, decisions of the Commission shall be taken by a simple majority of the members
present and voting.
2. For the purpose of the present Rules of Procedure, the expression "members
present and voting" shall mean members voting for or against. The members who shall
abstain from voting shall be considered as non-voting members.
3. Decisions may be taken by consensus, failing which, Commission shall resort to
63 - Method of Voting
1. Subject to the provisions of Rule 68, the commission, unless it otherwise decides,
shall normally vote by show of hands, but any member may request the roll-call vote, which
shall be taken in the alphabetical order of the names of the members of the Commission
beginning with the member whose name is drawn by lot by the Chairman. In all the votes by
roll-call each member shall reply "yes", "no" or
"abstention". The Commission may decide to hold a secret ballot.
2. In case of vote by roll-call, the vote of each member participating in the ballot
shall be recorded in the minutes.
Rule 64 - Explanation of Vote
Members may make brief statements for the only purpose of explaining their vote, before
the beginning of the vote or once the vote has been taken. The member who is the sponsor
of a proposal or a motion cannot explain his vote on that proposal or notion except if it
has been amended.
Rule 65 - Rules to be observed while voting
A ballot shall not be interrupted except if a member raises a point of order relating
to manner in which the ballot is held. The Chairman may allow members to intervene
briefly, whether before the ballot beginning or when it is closed, but solely to explain
Rule 66 - Division of Proposals and Amendments
Proposals and amendments may be separated if requested. The parts of the proposals or
of the amendments which have been adopted shall later be put to the vote as a whole; if
all the operative parts of a proposal have been rejected, the proposal shall be considered
to have been rejected as a whole.
Rule 67 - Amendment
An amendment to a proposal is an addition to, deletion from or revision of part of that
Rule 68 - Order of Vote on amendments
When an amendment is moved to a proposal, the amendment shall be voted on first.
When two or more amendments are moved to a proposal, the Commission shall first vote on
the amendment furthest removed in substance from the original proposal and then on the
amendment next furthest removed therefrom and so on until all the amendments have been put
to the vote. Nevertheless when the adoption of an amendment implies the rejection of
another amendment, the latter shall not be put to the vote. If one or several amendments
are adopted, the amended proposal shall then be put to the vote.
Rule 69 - Order of Vote on the Proposals
1. If two or more proposals are made on the same matter, the Commission, unless it
decides otherwise, shall vote on these proposals in the order in which they were
2. After each vote the Commission may decide whether it shall put the next proposal to
3. However, the motions which are not on the substance of the proposals shall be voted
upon before the said proposals.
Rule 70 - Elections
Elections shall be held by secret ballot unless the election is for a post for which
only one candidate has been proposed and that candidate has been agreed upon by the
members of the Commission.
Chapter XII - Participation of Non-members of the Commission
Rule 71 - Participation of States in the deliberations
1. The Commission or its subsidiary bodies may invite any State to participate in the
discussion of any issue that shall be of particular interest to that State.
2. A State thus invited shall have no voting right, but may submit proposals which may
be put to the vote at the request of any member of the Commission or of the subsidiary
Rule 72 - Participation of other Persons or Organisations
The Commission may invite any organisation or persons capable of enlightening it to
participate in its deliberations without voting rights.
Rule 73 - Participation of Specialised Institutions and Consultation with the latter
1. Pursuant to the agreements concluded between the Organisation of African Unity and
the Specialised Institutions, the latter shall have the right to:
a) Be represented in the public sessions of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies;
b) Participate, without voting rights, through their representatives in deliberations on
issues which shall be of interest to them and to submit, on these issues, proposals which
may be put to vote at the request of any member of the Commission or the interested
2. Before placing on the provisional agenda an issues submitted by a Specialised
Institution, the Secretary General should initiate such preliminary consultations as may
be necessary, with this institution.
3. When an issue proposed for inclusion in the provisional agenda of a session, or
which has been added to the agenda of a session pursuant to Rule 5 of the present Rules of
Procedure, contains a proposal requesting the Organisation of African Unity to undertake
additional activities relating to issues concerning directly one or more specialised
institutions, the Secretary General should enter in to consultation with the institutions
concerned and inform the Commission of the ways and means of ensuring coordinated
utilisation of the resources of the various institutions.
4. When at a meeting of the Commission, a proposal calling upon the Organisation of
African Unity to undertake additional activities relating to issues directly concerning
one or several specialised institutions, the Secretary General, after consulting as far as
possible, the representatives of the interested institutions, should draw the attention of
the Commission to the effects of that proposal.
5. Before taking a decision on the proposals mentioned above, the Commission shall make
sure that the institutions concerned have been duly consulted.
Rule 74 - Participation of other Inter-Governmental Organisations
1. The Secretary shall inform, not later that 4 weeks before a session,
non-governmental organisations with observer status of the days and agenda of a
2. Representatives of Inter-Governmental Organisations to which the Organisation of
African Unity has granted permanent observer status and other Organisations recognised by
the Commission, may participate, without voting rights, in the deliberations of the
Commission on issues falling within the framework of the activities of these