The Constitution

A Written Constitution

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Pointer Page 1 Preamble
Pointer Page 2 The People
Pointer Page 3 The Commonwealth
Pointer Page 4 The Legislature (Sections 1, 2, & 3)
Pointer Page 5 The Legislature (Sections 4, 5, 6 & 7)
Pointer Page 6 The Executive
Pointer Page 7 The President (Sections 1 & 2)
Pointer Page 8 The President (Sections 3, 4 & 5)
Pointer Page 9 The The Judiciary

Section 1. Election.

1. There shall be a President of the Commonwealth of Britain, who shall have the powers and functions conferred by this Constitution.

2. The President shall be elected by proportional representation in a ballot of those entitled by law to vote in elections to the Parliament.

3. The President shall hold office for five years, unless before the expiration of that period she or he dies, or resigns, or is removed from office, or becomes permanently incapacitated, such incapacity being established to the satisfaction of the Supreme Court consisting of not less than five judges.

4. A person who holds, or who has held, office as President, shall be eligible for re-election to that office once only.

5. An election for the office of President shall be held not later than the sixtieth day before the expiration of the term of office of every President, and not earlier than the eightieth day before that date. But if the President dies, resigns, is removed from office as a result of impeachment or is found to be permanently incapable the election shall be held within sixty days after such event.

6. Every citizen who is entitled to vote shall be eligible for election to the office of President. Every candidate for election, not being a former or retiring President, must be nominated either by:

(i) not less than twenty members of the Chambers of Parliament or

(ii) by any national or regional legislative assembly or not less than twenty councils of local government jurisdictions, other than parish councils.

(iii) 5000 registered electors

7. No person, assembly or council shall be entitled to subscribe to the nomination of more than one candidate in respect of the same election.

8. Retiring Presidents may become candidates on their own nomination.

9. Where only one candidate is nominated for the office of President that person shall be elected without a ballot.

10. The President shall not be a member of either Chamber of Parliament. If a member of either Chamber of Parliament is elected President, she or he shall be deemed to have vacated her or his seat in that Chamber.

11. The President shall not hold any other office or any position for which there is a financial reward.

12. The first President shall enter office as soon as may be after her or his election, and every subsequent President shall take office on the day following the expiration of the term of office of her or his predecessor, or in the event of his or her predecessor's removal from office, death, resignation, or permanent incapacity established as provided by this Constitution, as soon as may be after the election.

13. The President shall take office by subscribing publicly, in the presence of members of both Chambers of Parliament, of Judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Court, and other public personages, to the following declaration:

"I do affirm that l will fully execute the duties of the office of President, strive to maintain the dignity of the office and Commonwealth and do my utmost to uphold the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Britain."

Section 2. Impeachment.

1. The President may be impeached by Parliament for behaviour injurious to the common good.

2. No proposal of impeachment shall be considered unless thirty or more members of Chamber in which proceedings are proposed have signed a motion. And no proposal shall be adopted by either of the Chambers of Parliament save upon a resolution of that Chamber supported by not less than two-thirds of the total membership.

3. When a charge has been preferred by either Chamber of Parliament, the other Chamber shall investigate the charge, or cause the charge to be investigated. The President shall have the right to appear and to be represented at the investigation of the charge.

4. If, as a result of the investigation, a resolution is passed supported by not less than two-thirds of the total membership of the Chamber of Parliament by which the charge was investigated, or caused to be investigated, declaring that the charge preferred against the President has been sustained and that the misbehaviour charged, was such as to render her or him unfit to continue in office, she or he shall cease to hold office from a date and hour provided for in the motion.

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