Terms in this set (39)

  • Quorum
    The minimum number of delegates required for a committee to officially be in session ex. A committee has 50 delegates. The _____ is 17 delegates (16.67 rounds up)
  • Simple Majority
    A simple majority is half of the body plus one delegate in a committee. The presence of a simple majority of members shall be required for any decision (i.e. passage of a resolution) to be taken. Further, decisions of the committee shall be made by a majority of members. Example: A committee has 50 delegates. The _______ _____ is 26 votes. At 25 votes, the motion fails.
  • Two-Thirds Majority
    A _____ majority is less frequent than a simple majority and is used only to close debate on a topic, or adjourn a meeting. Example: A committee has 50 delegates. The _____ majority is 34 votes (33.33 rounds up).
  • Procedural Voting
    This pertains to all voting except on draft resolutions and amendments. Delegates must vote either "yes" or "no" on procedural matters.
  • Substantive Voting
    This pertains to voting on draft resolutions and amendments. Delegates must vote "yes," "no," or "abstention" unless during a Roll Call vote, which will be discussed in Section X.
  • Introduction of Non-Members
    If a person who is not a member of the committee wishes to address the committee, a five-minute question and answer period may be in order to ask the non-member questions that are relevant to the topic or crisis at hand. At the Chair's discretion, and with committee approval, the five-minute period may be extended, shortened, or waived.
  • Passage of Notes
    Note passing is a significant tool for contacting other delegates to gain support for certain committee issues, such as setting the agenda, voting on a specific draft resolution, or simply receiving an opinion on a proposed idea. Delegates, however, must not abuse this privilege. Messages that fail to uphold to proper standards that EagleMUNC strives for are strictly prohibited (i.e. inappropriate or offensive language). If such events do arise, note passing shall be immediately suspended and the Secretariat may be informed of the situation. Note passing is always suspended during voting procedure.
  • Roll Call
    At the start of every session, the Dais shall commence ____. This is the first order of business. Delegates are requested to maintain order during______. Each delegate, upon hearing his or her country's name, shall respond "present" (a response of "present and voting" is unnecessary). A delegate that misses ______, or misses his or her country's name being called, must send a note to the Dais so that he or she may be properly recorded as being in attendance.
  • Setting the Agenda
    NOTE: Many of the crisis-driven committees at EagleMUNC will not require this procedure. The topics under consideration for a committee are provided in that committee's background guide. If there are multiple topics, the committee shall first determine the order in which it plans to debate these topics. The Chair shall entertain three speakers in favor of starting with a particular topic (i.e. if there are two topics, six delegates will speak: three for Topic 1 and three for Topic 2). After these speakers, the Chair will entertain motions to set the agenda which specifies the order of discussion for the topics. The motion requires a simple majority to pass. Example: "Motion to set the agenda to Cybersecurity first and Maritime Security second."
  • Speakers' List
    The ____ is the primary mode of debate for a given committee. Speeches during this mode of debate generally detail the country's position and possible solutions to the chosen topic, although they may mention introduced amendments or draft resolutions as well. Once the committee has voted on the agenda, the Chair shall then open up the ______. No vote is required to open the ______. Delegates who wish to be added to the _______ shall initially raise their placard and the Chair shall record their country's name in discretionary order. Thereafter, if a delegate wishes to be added, or re-added, to the ______, that delegate must send a note to the Dais requesting thus. At the Chair's discretion, and with committee approval, the ______ may be closed to additional names being added.
  • Speaking Time
    The committee may limit the time to be allowed to each speaker on any topic or question. Upon the opening of the Speakers' List, the Chair will ask for a motion to limit the speaking time, which may be amended by motion at any time thereafter. Before a decision is taken, one delegate may speak in favor of, and one against, a proposal to such limits. Examples: "Motion to limit the speaking time to 2 minutes."
  • Yields
    A delegate may only make a ____ while on the Speakers' List. The delegate may _____ his or her remaining speaking time in one of three ways: to the Chair; to questions, and; to another delegate.
  • Right of Replay
    If a delegate feels that the individual or nation that he or she represents has been egregiously defamed in a speech, a right of reply may be in order. The insulted delegate must request this motion to the Chair immediately following the defaming speech, explaining the reasons for the request. If the Chair approves, the delegate will be granted the right to speak. The delegate is limited by the same time limit as any other speech, though a speech under _____ does not count towards that delegate's limit on number of speeches.
  • Point of Personal Privilege
    This is used when a delegate is experiencing personal discomfort that affects his or her ability to participate in the session. It can be used in the event of a medical or other emergency, or more commonly if a speaking delegate cannot be understood or heard. Thus, it may interrupt a speaker. Example: "______: can the delegate please speak up? She cannot be heard."
  • Point of Order
    A_____ is used when a breach of procedure has taken place. It must be immediately raised when the violation of a rule occurs and, as a result, may interrupt a speaker. When a delegate is recognized by the Chair, he or she must state the reason for rising to the point. Example: "______: the speaker's time limit has expired."
  • Point of Information
    A _____ is used when the delegate wishes to clarify with the Chair a fact that may have been misstated by a speaker. It must be related to the topic at hand. _______ should not be used as a tool to debate. The Chair may decide to respond to the delegate's question via note. In may never interrupt a speaker. Example: "_____: the previous speaker stated that the Russian Federation abides by ICC rulings. Does the ICC in fact have jurisdiction within the Russian Federation?"
  • Point of Inquiry
    This is used when a delegate has a question or seeks clarification about the rules of procedure. It may never interrupt a speaker. Example: "____: what is the number of sponsors required for a draft resolution to be submitted?"
  • Dilatory, Absurd, or Frivolous Motions
    The Chair may rule out of order any motion that is clearly not related to the pending topic, proposes debate of an issue that has already been sufficiently discussed, or is simply absurd or inappropriate.
  • Withdrawal of Motions
    The Chair may rule out of order any motion that is clearly not related to the pending topic, proposes debate of an issue that has already been sufficiently discussed, or is simply absurd or inappropriate.
  • Motion for a Moderated Caucus
    delegates may propose a _____ to facilitate debate on a specific topic in the general discussion. This motion requires a simple majority to pass. The delegate who proposes the motion should state the duration, the speaking time per delegate, and the specific topic of the caucus. A _____ may not exceed 20 minutes either as a single motion or as a motion to extend the caucus once the original has elapsed. The _____ shall end when the time has elapsed or no delegate wishes to speak. If there are no subsequent motions, the committee shall return to the Speakers' List. Example: "Motion for a 10 minute ______, with a 30 second speaking time, with the purpose of discussing the feasibility of a humanitarian aid operation in the Central African Republic."
  • Motion for an Unmoderated Caucus
    The purpose of this motion is to serve as an opportunity for delegates to draft resolutions, amendments, and directives as well as to more freely discuss the topic at hand. This motion requires a simple majority to pass. The delegate who raises the motion must state the duration, but does not need to specify a purpose of the caucus. Example: "Motion for a 15 minute ________."
  • Motion to Table the Topics
    Though rarely used, the purpose of this motion is to temporarily set aside the current topic to discuss either the next topic in the Agenda, or a new topic of essential importance. It requires one speaker in favor of, and one against, and a simple majority to pass.
  • Motion to Close Debate
    This motion is in order when there has been substantial debate on a topic and draft resolutions have been introduced and adequately discussed, or once the Speakers' List is closed and no more speakers remain. It requires two speakers in favor of, and two speakers against, the motion, and a two-third majority to pass. If this motion passes, or if the Speakers' List is closed, the committee moves to voting procedure.
  • Motion to Suspend or Adjourn the Meeting
    These motions are in order when the committee has reached the ending time for its session. If the motion passes, the committee is excused until the start of the next session, or is done for the conference. ______ requires a simple majority to pass; _____ requires two-thirds. These motions cannot be made when the committee is voting or verifying a vote. It is at the Chair's discretion regarding when a motion to _______ ______ a meeting is in order, especially if there still remains important substantive matters.
  • Motion to Appeal the Decision of the Chair
    This motion is used if a delegate believes a decision of the Chair unfairly hinders the committee's debate on a topic. If the Chair entertains this motion, the delegate shall have one minute to explain his or her reasoning for the appeal. The motion shall then be put to a vote, and requires a simple majority to pass. However, delegates should not abuse this power. If the Chair believes this motion is being abused by delegates, he or she reserves the right to suspend the further use of this motion.
  • Sponsors and Signatories
    A sponsor is a delegate who has worked on a draft resolution and wishes to see it passed by committee. Such a delegate is obligated to vote in favor of the particular draft resolution. A draft resolution requires at least two sponsors in order to be approved by the Dais. A signatory is a delegate who wishes to see the draft resolution brought to the floor and debated. He or she may not necessarily support the content of the particular draft resolution. A delegate may be a signatory for however many draft resolutions he or she wishes. i. A draft resolution requires one-fifth (20%) of the total number of delegates as signatories in order to be approved by the Dais. If a draft resolution has more than two sponsors, those additional sponsors shall count toward the one-fifth requirement. Example: A committee has 50 delegates. The required number of signatories is 10.
  • Introducing a Draft Resolution
    After the sponsors have the required number of signatories, a draft resolution shall be sent to the Dais to be approved for relevance and format. Once approved, the ______ may be introduced at any point in time. It requires a simple majority vote to be introduced. The Chair will then ask the sponsors to present the ________.
  • Presenting a Draft Resolution
    When a ______ is introduced, the Chair shall temporarily suspend the rules. The sponsors (or a select number, if there are many) shall approach the Dais and read the _______ aloud.
  • Question and Answer Period
    A delegate may motion, or the Chair may simply allow, for a five minute question and answer period in which delegates can ask the sponsors questions about the introduced draft resolution. It shall follow the same rules and procedures as during the Speakers' List. Only one sponsor may respond to a question, and crosstalk is strictly out of order. At the Chair's discretion, and with committee approval, the five-minute period may be extended, shortened, or waived.
  • Amendments
    A delegate who introduces an ______ must submit it is writing. As with draft resolutions, all ______ must be approved by the Chair for relevance and formatting.
  • Friendly Amendments
    A ______ is one that is approved by all the sponsors of a particular draft resolution. Upon receiving the amendment and confirming that all of the sponsors are in favor, the Chair shall read the amendment aloud to the committee. The amendment is then incorporated into the draft resolution.
  • Unfriendly Amendments
    An ______ is one that has not received the approval of all the sponsors, or to which none of the sponsors have previously agreed. An _______, like a draft resolution, requires one- fifth of the total number of delegates as signatories in order to be approved by the Dais. The committee shall vote on ______ in voting procedure. When the amendment is sent to the Chair, a delegate may motion to introduce it, which, after a simple majority vote, may allow the amendment to be debated and discussed.
  • General Rules
    i. Voting on unfriendly amendments takes place before voting on a draft resolution as a whole. ii. A point of information is not in order while in voting procedure. iii. Each draft resolution is voted on in the order that it was introduced, with the exception of a passed motion to reorder. iv. Multiple non-contradictory draft resolutions may be passed. v. At the conclusion of voting procedure, assuming debate has been closed on the topic, if there are no other motions, the committee will automatically move to the next topic on the agenda.
  • Conduct During Voting
    i. Delegates are expected to exhibit order and decorum. ii. Delegates may not enter or leave the committee room. iii. There may be no note passing whatsoever.
  • Voting on Unfriendly Amendments
    Voting on an _______ requires a simple majority to pass. In the event that two or more _______ exist, voting will proceed in the order that the Chair received them, with the exception of a passed motion to reorder the amendments. However, when the adoption of one amendment necessarily implies the rejection of another amendment, the latter amendment shall not be put to a vote.
  • Reordering of the Draft Resolution
    Voting on an unfriendly amendment requires a simple majority to pass. In the event that two or more unfriendly amendments exist, voting will proceed in the order that the Chair received them, with the exception of a passed motion to ______. However, when the adoption of one amendment necessarily implies the rejection of another amendment, the latter amendment shall not be put to a vote.
  • Division of the Question
    A delegate may move that parts of a proposal or of an amendment should be voted on separately. Preambulatory clauses are not subject to a division. If entertained by the Chair, the proposing delegate shall state how to divide the question. The Chair shall recognize two speakers in favor, and two speakers against, the division. It requires a simple majority to pass. Example: "Motion to divide the question for draft resolution 1.2 with operative clauses 1, 3, 4, and 5 as separate from operative clauses 2, 6, and 7."
  • Roll Call Vote
    The committee shall normally vote on draft resolutions and amendments by raising their placards, but any delegate may request a ______. The roll-call shall then be taken in alphabetical order of the names of the members, in a similar way to the roll call for attendance. Each delegate shall reply "yes," "yes with rights," "no," "no with rights," "abstention," or "pass." After going through the roll call, the Chair will then return to those delegates who passed, who may then only vote "yes," "no," or "abstention." Voting with Rights is explained in Section III of this handbook.
  • Voting Rights
    This is when a delegate votes contrary to his or her assumed policy on a draft resolution or amendment and may explain the atypical vote for clarification. This only occurs during a roll call vote. As the delegate would be veering from his or her country's position, there should be a very compelling reason for one to vote with rights. The Chair may permit members to explain their vote, but may limit the time to be allowed for such explanations. The sponsor of the draft resolution or amendment may not vote with rights.