People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXVI

No. 07

February 12, 2012

 

Amendments to the Constitution

 

 

The Central Committee at its meeting held at Kolkata from January 17 to 20, 2012 has decided to propose the following amendments to the Party Constitution on term limitation. These amendments will be placed in 20th Congress to be held at Kozhikode from April 4 to 9, 2012, for adoption.

 

 

Under Article XV, add as section 15:

 

No person can hold the position of the General Secretary for more than three full terms.  Full term means the period between two Party Congresses. In a special situation, a person who has completed three full terms as General Secretary may be re-elected for a fourth term provided it is so decided by the Central Committee with a three-fourth majority. But in no case can that person be elected again for another term in addition to the fourth term.

 

Under Article XVI, add as section 4:

 

No person can hold the position of Secretary of the state/district/intermediate committee for more than three full terms.   Full term means, the period between two Party conferences of the respective committee. In a special situation, a person who has completed three full terms as Secretary may be re-elected for a fourth term provided it is so decided by the respective committee with a three-fourth majority  and with the approval of the state committee. In the case of state Secretary, it will have to be approved by the Central Committee.  But in no case can that person be elected again for another term in addition to the fourth term.