Mr. Joseph L. Patterson was born August 2, 1971 in Kingston to Ruth Williams, a factory worker and single mother of three. His father, Joe Patterson, was an electrician and businessman.

Mr. Patterson attended Dunrobin Primary, Spanish Town Secondary and St. Andrew Technical High where he was twice Head Boy; Student Council, Math and Key Club President; Junior Achievement VP Finance, Literary Club Editor, Gleaner Article Writing Gold Medalist, Secondary School Challenge Quiz Captain and National Champion.

He received a full scholarship to study engineering at UTECH (then CAST) where he was twice elected Debating Society President, was Circle K President, founded the Investment Club and was the Kiwanis Debating Champion.

After working as a High School Teacher in Kingston and as an Electrical Engineer in Clarendon, Mr. Patterson migrated to Canada. There he earned an Accounting & Finance degree at the University of Calgary and became a Certified General Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

He has been married to Charlet, is high school sweetheart, for over 25 years. They have 3 children and live on their farm in St. Elizabeth. They raised cows, produce honey, grow various crops and delight in planting all manner of fruit trees.

Mr. Patterson has held many senior management positions in the public and private sectors such as Director, CFO, CEO and Chairman. Currently, he chairs the board of an international social impact investment cooperative with a portfolio of over $146 billion.

He is the founder of YES JAMAICA (a charity that helps young people become entrepreneurs) and is founder and president of UIC Jamaica (the only registered new political party in Jamaica since new legislation in 2018 requiring all parties to be registered).

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Our Values 

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility & Good Governance. 
  • Equal Opportunity, Equal Rights and Equal Justice for Everyone.
  • A Safe, Clean & Orderly Society for Every Citizen to Enjoy..
  • Proper Education, Healthcare & Housing for Every Child.

"Let us not seek the JLP answer or the PNP answer, but the right answer."

John F. Kennedy

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THE CONSTITUTION

of the United Independents’ Congress
 
PREAMBLE

Throughout the history of humanity, there has been a constant struggle between those who desire freedom and those who seek to take it away from them. This epic battle has been played out in wars, various forms of slavery and political trickery. At its heart is the unquenchable thirst of some to extract the wealth of others by force or fraud, instead of by trading value for value.

We all have a right to be free and a desire to be safe, and for these two reasons, we agree to setup a system of governance to protect us from each other and from others. The resulting government must not be a ruler, dictator or benefactor, but an impartial protector of our individual sovereignty – the right to life, liberty and property.

It is the natural right of every man and woman to determine what is in their best interest and to pursue the same without infringing on the life, liberty or property of other human beings. You are the owner of your own life and must be free to do with it and its products as you see fit; but, in doing so, you may not use unprovoked force or fraud to take what belongs to others.  

Similarly, no one, no group or government, save your dependents and those with whom you freely enter into contract, has a claim on your life, your freedom or your property (except that you respect theirs). Therefore, any who seeks to deny you this right to own yourself and the property you earn or inherit are, by nature, the enemy of your sovereignty, whether they are elected or not.

It is to secure and preserve our individual and collective freedom - the right to own and freely enjoy one’s life, liberty and property in a safe, clean and orderly society, with a strong and free market economy - that we, the members of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica, have voluntarily joined together our time, talents and treasure under this UIC Constitution.

It’s time to be free!


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

Section

Interpretation
Party Name
Vision, Mission & Philosophy
Core Values
Entrenchment Clause and Mode of Changing Constitution 
Aims & Objectives
Effect of this Constitution

 
CHAPTER II

MEMBERSHIP

Section

Membership Requirements
Revocation of Membership
Expulsion from the Party
Classification of Membership
Acquisition of Membership
Rights of Members
Responsibilities of Members

 
CHAPTER III

FINANCES

Section

Funding
Membership Fees
Method of making payments to the Party
The Treasury Secretary
Director of the Finance and Treasury Committee

 
CHAPTER IV

PARTY STRUCTURE

Section

Organizational Structure of the UIC

PART 1

The National Executive Council

Establishment of the National Executive Council
Composition of the National Executive Council
Mandate of the National Executive Council
Powers and Procedures
Tenure of National Executive Council Members
Vacancy
Meetings
Voting Procedures

 
PART 2

The Annual Members’ Congress

Establishment of the Annual Members’ Congress
Composition of the Annual Members’ Congress
Delegates
Calling a Annual Members’ Congress
Powers of the Annual Members’ Congress
Resolutions and Motions
Voting Rights

 
PART 3

The President’s Cabinet

Establishment of the President’s Cabinet
Composition of the President’s Cabinet
Eligibility to sit in the Cabinet
Tenure of Cabinet members

 
PART 4

The Dispute Resolution Committee

 

Establishment of the Dispute Resolution Committee
Composition of the Dispute Resolution Committee
Constitution of the Dispute Resolution Committee
Decisions
Accountability
Powers
Precedent
Special Constitution of the Dispute Resolution Committee

 
PART 5

National Operation Committees

Establishment of the National Operational Committees
Composition of the National Operational Committees
Eligibility to sit on a Committee
Appointments to the National Operational Committees
The Parliamentary Committee
Approval of Decisions
Powers

 

PART 6

County Councils

Establishment of the County Councils
Composition of the County Councils
Appointments to the County Council
Role of the County Council

 
PART 7

Parish Associations

Establishment of the Parish Associations
Composition of the Parish Associations
Election of the Parish Association Leader
Election of the Divisional Representative
Appointments to the Parish Association
Role of the Parish Association
Delegates

 
CHAPTER V

OFFICIALS

Section

Establishment and Title of Officers
Tenure of Officers
Candidate Selection

 
CHAPTER VI

MISCELLANEOUS

Section

Merger and Dissolution of the UIC
UIC Documents
Sovereignty
Indemnity


CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARIES

1. – (1) In this Constitution unless it is otherwise provided or the context otherwise requires –

            “AMC” means Annual Members’ Congress which is the similar to the Annual General Meeting of an organization where members participate in matters of its governance;

“NEC” means the National Executive Council of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica which is the Executive branch of its governance;

            “TPA” means The Parish Association which manages the affairs of the parish;

“UIC” means the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica;

2. The official name of the organization shall be ''The United Independents’ Congress”, also known as United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica, UIC or UIC Jamaica. Hereafter in this document, it is referred to as the UIC.

3. –(1) The Vision of the UIC is ''A Jamaica that Brings out the Best in all its People''
 
(2) The Mission of the UIC is to create “A Non-partisan Democratic Republic of Jamaica that protects Individual Liberty and promotes Personal Responsibility in a safe, clean and orderly society with a strong and truly free market economy''

       (3) The Philosophy of the UIC states that “It is the natural right of every human being to be free. Therefore, the only moral justification and rightful purpose of government is to protect your life, liberty and property. Good Governance, therefore, is a system that protects our individual liberty, promotes personal responsibility and provides all citizens a safe, clean and orderly society. This is the only sure foundation for a truly great and prosperous nation.”

4. The Core Values of the UIC are that Government exists to:
a)      Protect Individual Liberty and Promote Personal Responsibility
b)     Ensure Equal Opportunity, Equal Rights and Equal Justice for all   
c)      Create a Safe, Clean and Orderly Society with a truly Free-market Economy

5. – (1) The items mentioned in section 2, section 3 and section 4 (a to c) as well as this Constitution are hereafter entrenched and guide the operations and policies of the UIC. 

(2) Those items entrenched in section 5 (1) of this Constitution may only be altered by a two-thirds majority of the members voting directly and the delegates at an Annual Members’ Congress as well as a two-thirds majority of the NEC at its next official meeting following AMC. 

(3) Once the procedures in subsection 2 have been satisfied the amendments will be published in the national newsletter and will take effect on the date of publishing the same.

6 – (1) The aims and objectives of the United Independents’ Congress are:-

To successfully contest elections according to the laws of Jamaica in order to form the government and lead the country to adopt a new constitution and system of governance that would make Jamaica a Non-partisan Democratic Republic that protects individual liberty, promotes personal responsibility and provides a safe, clean and orderly society with a truly free-market economy.

To adopt, advance and advocate platforms, positions, policies, legislations and values that seek to abolish the use of all forms of force and fraud from all human relationship by protecting the sovereignty of the nation and the right of every law-abiding citizen to self-determination.

To recruit, train and supporting UIC candidates, in elections at every level, who subscribe to our philosophy, vision, mission and values which are centered around the protection of the right of every individual to choose what is best for themselves while respecting the life, liberty and property of others.

To form and maintain organisational units at the national, county, parish, constituency, division and sub-divisional levels for the purpose of achieving the vision, mission and objectives of the UIC by empowering the citizens to take charge of their own families, communities and country.

Working in solidarity with others to replace the system of partisan politics and its entrenched political corruption with a new system of good governance that prevents special interest groups from controlling and manipulating the economy and society.

To create a safe, clean and orderly Jamaica, where everyone enjoys equal opportunity, equal rights and equal justice; and may live, work, and retire in peace and prosperity within truly free and fair market economy that is characterized by a highly educated, productive and patriotic citizenry.

To rekindle and nurture a voluntary spirit of caring, cooperative and compassionate individuals who value their individual and collective freedom, and who cherish family, community and country.

To champion a Non-Partisan Democratic Republic; where the residents of each county, parish, constituency and division are free to nominate and elect qualified candidates from among themselves to represent their collective interest without being unduly influenced or manipulated by any specialist interest groups, political parties or those with significant financial means or backing.

To create a truly free-market economy with a large variety of small, medium and big businesses, while restoring and protecting the right of every citizen to import and export, buy and sell, whatever they wish from whomever they wish, at whatever price they may agree on, without third-party or government interference; provided they do not use force or fraud in conducting their transactions and do not infringe on the life, liberty or property of others.

To protect and preserve the natural environment by promoting an ecologically friendly culture and sustainable development policies that results in clean water, organic food and energy security.

To end the cycle of boom and bust debt-based inflationary economics and its fractional reserve monetary system that works to enrich a few at the expense of the majority by way of central banking manipulation of interest rates, legal tender laws and currency supply to devalue the purchasing power of unsuspecting citizens.

To protect the right of every adult individual of sound mind to do with their life, liberty and property as they see fit, regardless of their age, gender, sex, race, nationality, creed, religion, political affiliation or any other personal preferences; provided the individual, in exercising this right, does not infringe on the life, liberty and property of any other individual or persons.

To protect the right of every citizen not to be taxed for government corruption and waste by abolishing all taxes, including the property tax, and replacing them with a single personal and corporate income tax and a sales tax not exceeding ten percent (10%) each; and by limiting the budget of the government to this source of income and any legitimate cost-recovery user fees and fines as its only sources of income.

To implement a strict, transparent and simplified government accounting, reporting and taxation system that makes it very easy for citizens to be tax compliant and be very informed concerning public revenues, expenses and debts.

To stop government from borrowing beyond its ability to pay by outlawing operating deficit spending and restricting capital expenditure to special capital taxes that must be approved directly by citizens via two-thirds majority referendums and be paid off by the generation that voted for it.  

   (2) The UIC may from time to time, as the National Executive Council sees fit, embark on activities, undertakings or initiatives, as the case may be, to further these aims and objectives and, may, as it seems prudent to the National Executive Council, add or subtract aims or objectives from the list above.  No activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, undertaken by the UIC to further these aims or objectives shall be deemed inappropriate as long as it does not contravene the vision, mission, values and philosophy of the UIC as stated in sections 2, 3 and 4 of this Constitution.  If it does appear that an activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, undertaken by the UIC violates this subsection then the activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, in question must be subjected to a generous and purposive interpretation as to ascertain the true intent of the UIC and if it can be proved that the intent was within the spirit of sections 2, 3 and 4 of this Constitution then the activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, shall not be deemed to be contrary to sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of this Constitution.  In the event that the activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, is not within the spirit of sections 2, 3 and 4 of this Constitution then the activity, undertaking or initiative, as the case may be, shall be discontinued as at the most convenient time by the National Executive Committee. 

7. This Constitution is the supreme law of the UIC and if any rule, procedure, activity or other such directive is undertaken, derived or embarked upon by or from the UIC is inconsistent with this Constitution, then this Constitution shall prevail and the other rule, procedure, activity or other such directive shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no effect. 


CHAPTER II

MEMBERSHIP

8. – (1) A person may become a member of the UIC if he or she is:

a citizen of Jamaica and who is at least fourteen (14) years of age, who agrees with the vision, mission, values and philosophy  of the UIC.

 (2) A person is not eligible for membership if he or she:

is a member or supporter of another political organization registered in Jamaica

belongs to any organizations whose actions are detrimental to or acts contrary to the UIC vision, mission, values and philosophy as determined by sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of this Constitution. 

9. A person’s membership shall be terminated:-

by delivering her/his resignation by mailing, emailing or delivering it to an address of the UIC;

on her/his death;

on having been a Member not in good financial standing for 12 consecutive months;

on stating that they are working to form a new national political party, or if they are working for another existing political party without the permission of the NEC;

A Member may be expelled by a resolution of the National Executive Council to be heard before the Disciplinary Resolution Committee.  At this hearing, the member shall have an opportunity to contest the resolution in the prescribed manner. 

The Classification of membership shall be:

Delegates – these are those members elected or selected, as the case may be, to vote on matters at the Annual Members Congress (AMC).

Members – Any person who subscribes to the philosophy, vision, mission, values and objectives of the UIC and is admitted into membership by the NEC.

– (1) In order to acquire membership to the UIC a prospective member must complete a NEC prescribed membership form, whether online or on paper. 

   (2) Each membership request shall be reviewed by the Membership Committee and may be rejected by a simple majority of the members present at the Membership Committee sitting. The NEC delegates its authority on admitting members to the Membership Committee but may, at any time, choose to approve or reject any membership request directly before or after review by the Membership Committee.  An applicant who has been denied does not have a right to know the reasons for his or her non-acceptance, but a reason may be given if requested by the said applicant.

13. Each member of the UIC has an inalienable right to:

a UIC Member ID number;

freedom of expression, in the prescribed manner;

knowledge of the UIC’s activities, undertakings and initiatives by way of yearly; agendas, monthly newsletters and periodic financial statements when published;

challenge the conduct of the NEC and the party internally, and to defend themselves before the DRC within the prescribed manner;

equal opportunity within in the organization;

freedom of assembly and communication within the organization while observing proper protocol and always in a manner that protects the public image of the party. 

a vote in all matters that require a vote of Members, including elections and candidate selection. 

  (2) For the purposes of section 13 (1) (f) in the case where members cannot assembly in a physical setting then.

An electronic means that is generally accessible to members and approved by the NEC will be considered the default form of communication between the NEC and the membership, including but not limited to, election notices, distribution of official notices, and any matter requiring the participation of the general membership.

Members, at the time of application for membership, or at any time thereafter, may be asked by the NEC to choose among NEC approved options as to their preferred form of communication with the party.

14. Every member of the UIC has an unshakable responsibility to:

remain in good standing by contributing financially and adhering to the other conditions as set out by the National Executive Council;

uphold the Constitution and the values of the UIC;

promoting the vision, mission, values, philosophy, activities, undertakings and initiatives, as the case may be, of the UIC in and outside of Jamaica; 


CHAPTER III

FINANCES

15.  The UIC shall generate funding to carry out those activities, undertakings and initiatives, as the case may be, as listed in sections 3, 4 and 6 of this Constitution by way of:

Donations from Supporters;

Donations from Members;

Fundraising Activities;

Any other lawful means approved by the NEC;

16. – (1) The membership donations shall be voluntary or as otherwise defined by the NEC.

 (2) Any item listed as ‘donation’ in section 15 of this constitution has no ascribed minimum or maximum value.  

17.  The method of payment for the items listed in section 16 of this Constitution shall be the method prescribed by the NEC. 

18. There shall be a Treasury-Secretary who is the Chief Financial Officer of the UIC and is elected by the Annual Members’ Congress or by the NEC if the position becomes vacant between the Annual Members’ Congress. 

19. The Treasury-Secretary is the ex-officio director of the Finance Committee of the UIC. 


CHAPTER IV

PARTY STRUCTURE

20. The organizational structure of the UIC shall consist of the following bodies:

Annual General Congress (AGC)
National Executive Council (NEC)
The President’s Cabinet (TPC)
Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC)
National Operations Committees (NOC)
The County Councils (TCC)
The Parish Associations (TPA)
The Constituency  Associations (TCA)
The Divisional Associations (TDA)
Community Development Clubs (CDC)

Part 1

The National Executive Council

21. There shall be a National Executive Council of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica.  For the purposes of this Constitution it is the supreme and overriding body of the Party in all areas save and except where this Constitution says otherwise. 

22. The National Executive Council shall be composed of the following posts when they are effectively occupied by a party member:

The Chairperson
The President
3 Vice-Presidents
The General-Secretary
The Treasury-Secretary
Any other positions the NEC deems fit from time to time

23. Subject to this Constitution the NEC shall have a mandate to execute all forms, powers and procedures, as it sees fit, to ensure the effective administration of the party and to accomplish the objectives set out in section 6 of this Constitution. 

24. As it pertains to section 23, the powers conferred upon the NEC by this Constitution include, but is not limited to:

power to appoint special committees or sub-committees as it deems fit;

power to appoint, discipline and dismiss all persons that are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Party;

power to approve the party’s candidates for central and local government elections;

power to regulate the remuneration of party workers and any membership fees;

power to undertake and manage all matters pertaining to the UIC;

power to appoint an Auditor, who is not a member of the NEC, to audit the accounts of the Party annually;

power of oversight of all accounts registered in the name of the UIC or registered in its behalf in any financial institution in the world;

power to make and amend rules concerning internal electoral procedures and processes;

power to establish, monitor and direct other outposts of the organisation in and outside of Jamaica; 

power to delegate any of its expressed or implied powers to a competent individual, group or organization;

25. The tenure of the members of the NEC shall be as follows:

Each member may be elected to serve for 2 years at a time by the AMC or by the NEC between Annual Members’ Congress.
Remunerations shall be decided by the members of the NEC, excluding the member in question.
Security of tenure for the first three (3) months of their term, unless by reason of gross misconduct or activities contrary to the values outlined in this Constitution they are summoned to and relieved of their duties by the Disciplinary Resolution Committee after a two-thirds majority vote on a resolution for the dismissal of the named NEC member as its stated objective and which is ratified by a similar margin in the NEC. 

In the absence of a duly called AMC, the two-year term of any member of the NEC may be renewed by a simple majority by those present at the NEC meeting no less than 30 days but not more than 45 days before the term in question ends. The AMC may ratify or overrule any such renewal at its next session.

26.  If a vacancy appears in the NEC the post can be filled either by the NEC based on nominations by any sitting member of the NEC.

27. – (1) Meetings of the NEC shall be held at least once a month or no less than six (6) times per year and may be carried out using electronic means.  

         (2) For a meeting of the NEC to be properly constituted there shall be at least a majority of members and the Chairman or President in attendance.

         (3) Meetings of the NEC shall be scheduled by simple majority at the current meeting, called by the President or Chairman. 

28. Voting procedures of the NEC are as follows:

the quorum at NEC meetings shall be a majority of voting members then in office and if the quorum drops below 50% of voting members then all voting shall be differed until quorum is achieved at the said meeting or a subsequent one. 

All decisions of the NEC shall be by a simple majority of the present voting members

All members of the NEC, with the exception of the Chairperson who only votes to break a tie, have a right to vote.

 
Part 2

The Annual Members’ Congress

 29. There shall be an Annual Members’ Congress (AMC) of the UIC which, for the purposes of this Constitution, shall represent the individual members and supporters of the party at the National level.  It may otherwise be called the Party Convention, Party Conference or Annual General Meeting or Meeting of Members. 

30. The AMC shall be composed of all the party members, supporters and delegates who are in good standing. 

31. (1) A Delegate for the purposes of the Annual Members’ Congress is the person elected to cast votes at the Annual Members’ Congress for those members resident in a geographical area designated by the NEC.  

(2) Delegates are elected by a simple majority of those members resident in the geographical area.  If no members are resident in that geographical area then The Parish Association Manager for that Parish shall stand as the delegate.

32. (1) AMC meetings shall be held annually and shall be called by the NEC which is required to issue to party members a sixty 60 day notice of the date, time, location and manner of voting.

(2) A Special Annual Members’ Congress, special in the sense that it is called, arranged and held for whatever reason outside prior eleven months after the last, shall be done by:

the National Executive Council by a two-thirds majority vote;

a petition to the NEC signed by 1% of the members of the Party who are in good standing

(3) With regard to section 31 (2) (b) the National Executive Council shall select the time, date and location of the AMC, but such must be within ninety days of receipt of the petition.   

33. An AMC when properly called and constituted shall have the power to:-

debate proposals from the National Executive Council.

debate motions brought by individual members to the NEC no less than 90 days before the AMC when it should be considered.

pass resolutions for the NEC to consider, review or ratify as the case may be.

inform the general quorum of members of the undertakings, activities, initiatives, status, objectives that have been approved, rejected or are, at the time of the Annual Members’ Congress, being considered by the National Executive Council or any other party organization.

inquire into the general, non-confidential, activities of the National Executive Council or any other party organization.

34. (1) Resolutions and motions to be held at a Annual Members’ Congress shall be submitted by the general members of the party to the NEC no less than 90 days before any AMC.  Only a maximum of ten (10) resolutions and motions will be selected to be put on to the agenda for the next AMC meeting.  The number of resolutions which have been accepted and placed on the agenda and the reasons for rejecting a submission, will be issued by the NEC at least seven (7) days before the start of the Annual Members’ Congress respectively. 

(2) If a resolution which is rejected by the NEC, for whatever the reason, becomes a matter of urgency or finds support for its placement on the agenda by a two-thirds majority of the delegates, that same resolution or motion can be moved from the floor of the Assembly and shall then be considered. 

35. Only delegates, unless otherwise stated in this Constitution, have voting rights on motions and resolutions.  Motions and resolutions are passed by a simple majority of the delegates unless otherwise stated in this Constitution. 

 
Part 3

The President’s Cabinet

36. There shall be a President’s Cabinet which shall serve as the chief advisory board to the President in policy and administrative matters. 

37. The President’s Cabinet shall be composed of persons who are citizens of Jamaica who are no less than 18 years of age.  These individuals must be of proven abilities and demonstrated expertise in areas such as:

Education, Human Development & Relations
Public Health, Infrastructure & Beautification
Economics, Finance & Accounting
Clean Water, Organic Food & Energy Security 
International Trade & Geopolitics
Internal Security & External Defense 
Environmental & Biodiversity Protection
Human Rights Protection & Justice
Natural Disaster Preparedness & Rebuilding Insurance
Immigration Management & Boarder Controls
Children, Youth & Seniors Protection
Good Governance & Constitutional Reform

38. Cabinet members must be members of the UIC and are eligible to serve on any other committee, including the National Executive Council.

39. Cabinet members are nominated by the President, vetted by The Parish Association Managers and voted in and out by The Constituency Association Leader or by the NEC if either the Parish Managers and/or the Constituency Leaders are unable or unwilling to do so. 


Part 4

The Dispute Resolution Committee

40. There shall be a Dispute Resolution Committee of the UIC which shall serve as the chief board of arbitration for the party. 

41. (1) The DRC shall be composed of five (5) members.  The President and Chairman of the Party are ex-officio members of the committee.  The other 3 members will be:

any other member of the NEC and;
any other two direct members of the Party

(2) No person who is a party to a dispute can sit on the Dispute Resolution Committee at the hearing scheduled for that dispute.

(3) If the President of the UIC is a party to a dispute then the General Secretary shall sit on the Committee as the ex-officio member in his stead; if the Chairman is a party to a dispute then the Treasury Secretary shall sit in his stead as the ex-officio member.

(4) There shall be a Chairperson of the Dispute Resolution Committee who need not be the Chairman of the UIC who sits as an ex-officio member of the committee.

42. The DRC shall be constituted when a matter arises that requires its deliberation.  Matters can arise through resolutions or motions from any official committee of the party. 

43. The majority for passing a decision by the DRC is four votes to one. 

44. The DRC is accountable to the NEC as well as the party membership at the Annual Members’ Congress

45. The DRC, when properly constituted, shall have the power to:

hear and resolve disputes between members of the UIC.

review of complaints by members of breach of rights listed in this Constitution.

hear complaints from members about concerns of administration within the party.

accept or decline each case but in the case of a declined case a reason for such must be submitted to the claimant in writing by the Chairperson of the Committee.

issue reports and recommendations to the parties of a dispute after hearing and adjudicating on the matter.

46. All decisions of the DRC are final.  The DRC is not bound by its past decisions. 

47. If the DRC as constituted by section 39 of this Constitution cannot deliver a decision on a matter then the matter must be remitted to a larger constitution of the DRC of nine (9) members inclusive of the two (2) ex-officio posts, four (4) members of the NEC other than the member who sat at the first instance and three (3) direct members other than the members who sat at the first instance.  For these sittings a simple majority of the Committee members shall suffice to pass a decision.

 
Part 5

The National Operation Committees

48. For the good governance and operations of the UIC there shall be National Operating Committees (NOCs) inclusive of, but subject to section 24 (a) of this Constitution:

Membership Committee
Public Relations Committee
Fundraising Committee
Finance Committee
Campaign Committee
Communications and IT Committee
Parliamentary Committee

49. Each NOC shall have a shall be comprised of:

The UIC President (ex-officio);

A Committee Director;

A Committee Secretary;

At least two (2) but no more than four (4) members of the party.

50. Any member of the UIC in good standing is eligible to sit on a NOC and may apply or be invited to apply to any post in any NOC, but that member can only serve on 2 at a time.

51. (1) Applications to sit as a member of any NOC shall be accompanied by the applicants resume and cover letter.  The application shall be reviewed by the Director of the NOC and submitted for approval by the NEC in no more than seven (7) days. 

      (2) The application, once submitted for approval to the NEC shall only be approved once the President, General Secretary, at least one (1) Vice-President have given their support.

      (3) Once appointed, the tenure of the post shall be a one (1) year term subject to renewal or revocation by the NOC Director on the advice of the NEC.    

52. The members of the UIC who hold seats in the legislature shall constitute the Parliamentary Committee.

53. All decisions of the NOCs must be approved by the NEC. 

54. The NOCs shall have power to:

implement directives from the NEC
submit reports on the implementation of those initiatives to the NEC which may invite the same to report to the AMC.

 
Part 6

County Councils

55. There shall be County Councils; one for each county in the island of Jamaica and shall represent the same parishes as constitute the county geographically.

56. (1) Each County Council will be headed by a Vice-President of the party.  The other ex-officio posts are the Chairman and President of the UIC.  

      (2) The other members of the County Council shall be:

The Parish Managers
A Council Secretary
A Council Treasurer
At least two (2) but no more than four (4) members being residents in the County. 

57. (1) Applications to sit as a member of any County Council shall be accompanied by the applicant’s resume and cover letter.  The application shall be reviewed by the Vice-President in charge of the County Council and submitted for approval by the NEC in no more than seven (7) days. 

      (2) The application, once submitted for approval to the NEC shall only be approved once the President, General Secretary, at least one (1) Vice-President have given their support.

(3) Once appointed the tenure of the post shall be a one (1) year term subject to renewal or revocation by the Vice President with responsibility for the County Council on the advice of the NEC.   

58. The role of the County Council is to provide a smaller more concentrated forum to discuss policy and issues amongst party members in the given county as well as to promote the UIC values within its jurisdiction and to gauge the issues of the wider public in the County. 

 
Part 7

Parish Associations

59. There shall be Parish Associations; one for each parish in the island of Jamaica.

60. (1) Each of The Parish Associations shall be headed by a Parish Manager.  The Vice-President in charge of the County Council and the UIC Chairperson and President are the ex-officio members of The Parish Association (TPA).  

      (2) The other members of The Parish Association shall be:

The Division Managers
A Parish Secretary
A Parish Treasurer
At least two (2) but no more than four (4) members being residents in the Parish.

61. The Parish Manager shall be elected by those members of the UIC eligible to vote for officials who are resident in the parish at the Annual Members’ Congress. 

62. The Divisional Representatives shall be elected by those members of the UIC eligible to vote for officials who are resident in the Division at the Annual Members’ Congress. 

63. (1) Applications to sit as a member of any Parish Association shall be accompanied by the applicant’s resume and cover letter.  The application shall be reviewed by the Parish Manager  and submitted for approval by the NEC in no more than seven (7) days. 

      (2) The application, once submitted for approval to the NEC shall only be approved once the President, General Secretary, at least one (1) Vice-President have given their support. 

      (3) Once appointed the tenure of the post shall be a one (1) year term subject to renewal or revocation by the Parish Manager on the advice of The County Council (TCC).   

64. The role of the Parish Association is to provide a smaller more concentrated forum to discuss policy and issues amongst party members in the given parish as well as to promote the UIC values within its jurisdiction and to gauge the issues of the wider public in the parish.

Each Parish Association shall select ten (10) delegates from the membership of the party resident in the Parish.  These delegates shall form the voting body at the ACM.

Each Parish Association shall charter, setup or co-ordinate three sub-groups, as follows, to assist it in carrying out it objectives as mandated by the AMC and the NEC of the UIC:

The Constituency Association (TCA)
The Divisional Association (TDA)
Community Development Clubs (CDC)    

 
CHAPTER V

OFFICIALS

66. The title of all the officers of the UIC shall be:

The President the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica;
The Chairperson of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica;
The Vice-President of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica with responsibility for the Surrey County Council;
The Vice-President of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica with responsibility for the Middlesex County Council;
The Vice-President of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica with responsibility for the Cornwall County Council;
The Treasury-Secretary of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica;
The General-Secretary of the United Independents’ Congress of Jamaica;
The Directors of the National Operation Committees
The Chairperson of the Dispute Resolution Committee
National Operation Committee Secretaries
National Operation Committee Treasurers
National Operation Committee Members
County Council Secretaries
County Council Treasurers
Parish Managers
Constituency Representatives
Divisional Representatives
Parish Association Secretaries
Parish Association Treasurers
Community Club Team Leaders  

67. (1) The tenure of those officials listed in section 62 (a-h) shall be the same as stipulated by sections 25 and 26 of the Constitution. 

(2) The tenure of the Chairperson of the Dispute Resolution Committee is as follows listed in section 62 (i) shall be as follows:

There is no permanent Chairperson of the Dispute Resolution Committee;
There shall be a person presiding over each sitting of the DRC chosen from among the members of the sitting;
For the purposes of reporting the proceedings of hearing the person elected to preside over the sitting shall be called the Chairperson of the sitting;
This person shall deliver the decision of the Committee. 

(3) The tenure of those officials listed in section 62 (j-l) shall be the same as stipulated by section 49 of this Constitution.

(4) The tenure of those officials listed in section 62 (m-n) shall be the same as stipulated by section 55 of this Constitution. 

(5) The tenure of those officials listed in section 62 (q-r) shall be the same as stipulated by section 61 of this Constitution. 

(6) The tenure of those officials listed in section 62 (o-p) shall be the same as stipulated by sections 59 and 60 of this Constitution. 

68. – (1) The process for selection of candidates shall be as follows:

The National Executive Council shall publish an invitation to prospective candidates;
Persons who wish to be candidates must submit their resume and cover letter as well as indicate the Constituency or Municipal Division they wish to represent to the National Executive Council;
Those candidates who have been vetted and approved shall be informed and their names submitted to the Campaign Committee
The Campaign Committee shall organize the candidate selection exercise among the delegates of the Constituency or Municipal Division as the case may be
The delegates in the Constituency or Municipal Division shall vote for the prospective candidate of their choice but, when ever possible, the citizens or members of the area will be allowed to vote directly for their choice of representative.
The prospective candidate who gets the majority of the votes in the Constituency or Municipal Division shall be approved to run as the party’s candidate for that Constituency or Municipal Division elections. 

(2) The process outlined in section 68 of this Constitution must be completed before the appointed Election Day. 


CHAPTER VI

MISCELLANEOUS

69. Any resolution to dissolve the UIC or to merge it with another party passed at the General Members’ Meeting shall require a majority of ninety percent (90%), of all ballots casted by members of the party to be passed. 

70.—(1) The following documents are the official documents of the UIC and every body of the party shall maintain a copy of such for the viewing of the membership:

The Constitution and By-Laws
The UIC Manifesto Book
The UIC Handbook: Rules of Procedure
Compilation of the minutes of the GMA.

   (2) The membership of the UIC may request a copy of the following documents:

Minutes of the NEC Meetings
Minutes of the NOC Meetings

71. No single member of the UIC has rights to the funds raised by the UIC or donated to the UIC.

72. When acting in good faith and exercising due diligence within the ambits laid down in this Constitution and any other such law as the UIC may make no duly elected or selected official of the UIC shall be liable for any debts, actions, claims, demands, liabilities or commitments of any kind incurred by the UIC.  The UIC shall indemnify and hold harmless such person against any such debt, action, claim, demand, liabilities or commitments.  

 


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