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Chart of CLAIM - Mission & Objectives - Rules & Regulations
September 24, 2015.
ARTICLE 1 - DENOMINATION - DURATION – SEAL
ARTICLE 2 – SEAT
ARTICLE 3 – MISSION & OBJECTIVES
ARTICLE 4 - MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE 5 – NATIONAL MANAGING COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 6 – POWER OF THE NATIONAL MANAGING COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 7 – DUTIES OF CHAIR
ARTICLE 8 – DUTIES OF GENERAL SECRETARY
ARTICLE 9 – DUTIES OF GENERAL TREASURER
ARTICLE 10 – DUTIES OF THE ASSISTANT GENERAL TREASURER
ARTICLE 11 – DUTIES OF THE BRANCH MANAGER
ARTICLE 12 – DUTIES OF INTERNAL COORDINATOR
ARTICLE 13 - DUTIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICER
ARTICLE 14 - DUTIES OF OF THE COMMUNICATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
ARTICLE 15 – FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS MANAGEMENT
ARTICLE 16 – WEBSITE & BLOGS
ARTICLE 17 – FINANCE
ARTICLE 18 - SIGNING OF CHEQUES, DEEDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
ARTICLE 19 - APPOINTMENT AND DUTIES OF THE AUDITOR
ARTICLE 20 - SECURITY BOND
ARTICLE 21 - KEEPING AND INSPECTION OF BOOKS
ARTICLE 22 – ESTABLISHMENT OF BRANCHES
ARTICLE 23 – GENERAL MEETING OF DELEGATES
ARTICLE 24 – SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF DELEGATES
ARTICLE 25 – MODE & RIGHT OF VOTING
ARTICLE 26 – TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE 27 - ACTIONS BY OR AGAINST THE ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE 28 - AMENDMENTS, AMALGAMATION AND WINDING UP
ARTICLE 29 – DISPUTES
ARTICLE 30 – MISCELLANEOUS

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ARTICLE 1: DENOMINATION - DURATION – SEAL
1.1 The name of the Association shall be CLAIM - Cannabis Legalisation And Informative
Movement, and is hereafter referred to as 'the Association',
1.2 The duration of the Association shall be unlimited.
1.3 The Association shall have a seal bearing its name.
In these rules:

ARTICLE 2: SEAT
2.1 The seat of the Association shall be at 29, Captain Bruce Street, Rose Hill or at such other place
as may be subsequently selected by the National Managing Committee.
2.2 Any change of address shall be notified to the Registrar of Associations within fourteen days of
such change.

ARTICLE 3: MISSION & OBJECTIVES
OUR MISSION
3.1. To provide and disseminate eye and mind opening substantiated information about the real
social and economic issues related to cannabis and to promote its decriminalisation and
relegalisation in order to rehabilitate its legitimate status as the world's most efficient and
ecological natural renewable source of raw materials for multiple uses and intents, including;
(a) industrial
(b) medical
(c) pharmaceutical
(d) nutraceutical
(e) nutritional
(f) recreational - as the safest and cheapest relaxational substance known to date
(g) as a powerful deterrent against all dangerous natural and synthetised drugs and,
(h) as a generous source of tax revenue to finance social empowerment
3.2. To conceive and forward to our law makers proactive changes to existing cannabis laws so
that the responsible use of cannabis for recreational purposes by adults be made legal and
regulated, sustained by the evidence-based facts that the negative consequences of cannabis
prohibition far outweigh any repercussions from cannabis consumption itself.
3.3. To conduct campaigns providing useful information to citizens, especially youngsters, about
the legal implications and severe health related risks of consuming dangerous and synthetic
drugs.
3.4. To initiate and implement public campaigns to provoke public debates about the
unconstitutionality and inefficiency of existing drug related repressive laws with a view to
increase public awareness and win public support in favour of our mission and objectives, by
centering the focus on the fact that;
3.4.1. existing repressive laws violate Fundamental Right of Personal Liberty protected by our
Constitution.
3.4.2. the application of these costly repressive laws, in real life, has so obviously failed to achieve
the objectives they initially intended to, and;
3.4.3. instead, it has paved the way for and fueled criminal activities such as highly lucrative
trafficking and has forced dangerous drug addicts to commit larceny and other similar offences
to get their daily doses, and;
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3.4.4. the harm it has caused to society far outweigh the damages caused by the drugs
themselves, and;
3.4.5 it is responsible for more than 50% of our prison population at a cost of Rs.
910.00/day/prisoner,and;
3.4.6. the combined cost of continuing its application, in terms of policing, court expenses and
prison maintenance, is unjustifiable, unsustainable and constitutes a wastage of tax payers
money, and;
3.4.7. instead, much less money could be used to treat, heal and rehabilitate citizens addicted to
dangerous drugs in well equiped centers, and;
3.4.8. by relegalising, regulating and taxing recreational cannabis production, sale and
consumption, government can generate revenues of up to more than Rs. 1,460,000,000. per
year, and;
3.4.9. the collected money can be used to treat addiction to drugs, and to promote other social
concerns such as health treatment unavailable in Mauritius, culture, sports, education and others.
3.5. To militate for our law makers and the judiciary to abide by and respect Constitutional
provisions with regard to Article 5.1 – Protection of Right to Personal Liberty of Chapter 2 Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual as specified in our
Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of our Democratic Republic.
3.6. To proactively participate in the combat against trafficking and sale of dangerous and
synthetic drugs, outside prescribed conditions.
3.7. To associate and or partner with other local, foreign or international associations and or
institutions involved in Human Rights Protection, eradication of dangerous drugs consumption
and trafficking and for legalisation of cannabis.
3.8. To militate for the real and effective Protection of Right to Life as specified in Article 4 of our
Constitution.
3.9. To accomplish our mission in a constructive, positive, responsible, ethical, peaceful and lawful
manner in compliance with our affirmation that CLAIM does not advocate, condone, or
encourage breaking the law. It exists to promote a change in the law by legitimate means. All
information conveyed herein should be viewed in this context.

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OUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVES
3.10. That cannabis, in all its strains, be relegalised and rehabilitated as a human and
environment friendly natural crop so that entrepreneurs can grow, process, sell, purchase and
otherwise use it for industrial, energetic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and nutritional
purposes.
3.11. That the cannabis strain with high THC content, commonly known locally as "gandia" and
usually consumed or otherwise used for its relaxational and recreational attributes, be relegalised
and regulated, so that it can be legally cultivated, marketed, distributed, sold, shared and
consumed.
3.12. That our law makers to do the needful;
3.12.1. to repeal all existing drug related repressive laws that transgress the protection of our rights
to personal liberty as specified in Chapter 2, Article 5 (1) of our Constitution. -(1)
3.12.2. to amend existing laws;
3.12.3. for the re-classificationof drugs into three distinct groups;
(a) medicinal drugs
(b) dangerous drugs
(c) recreational drugs
3.12.4. to decriminalise consumption of medicinal, synthetic and dangerous drugs and instead;
3.12.5. to provide adequate treatment and care be given to citizens addicted to these drugs or
alcohol.
3.12.6. to proactively and efficiently repress the trafficking and sale of drugs outside prescribed
conditions
3.12.7. to exclude drug consumption convictions from Certificates of Character because the
inclusion;
(a) is counter-productive with regard to rehabilitation and reinsertion and;
(b) it annihilates the chances of citizens applying for student or work visas with foreign
representations.
3.12.8. to abolish the equation of drug to terrorism.
3.12.9. to amend Article 4.1 of our Constitution with a view to abolishing death penalty.
-(1) More precisely, unconstitutional drug related repressive laws based on a pervert exploitaion
of the last words of Article 5 (1) (h) "or the protection of the community" to justify the arrest,
prosecution and imprisonment of a person addicted to drugs or alcohol. The perversion is
substantiated because this interpretation purposely ignores the words " for the purpose of his care
or treatment", which come first in the phrase, followed by "or the protection of the community".
These laws, beyond being inconsistent with the Constitution, do not stand the test of natural
justice because they outlaw a state of being of a person, rather than his behavior or acts that
may constititute a threat to the safety of the community. Such deviation can be but the product
of a corrupt mind motivated by a repressive mentality.

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ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP
4.1 There shall be 3 categories of membership and 2 membership fee rates as follows;
(a) Active Members – Rs. 50.00/month
(b) Collaborating Members – Rs. 25.00/month
(c) Sympathisers/Supporters
4.1.2. Membership is open to all citizens of the Republic of Mauritius who is 18 year old and above.
4.1.3. Citizens above 16 years old and below 18 years, may be admitted exclusively under category
(c) and upon presentation of a written ascent signed by his/her father or mother or by any other
relative acting as a legally authorised responsible party.
4.1.4. No person who is a member of a group/association/organisation having more or less similar
mission and objectives as CLAIM shall be admitted as a member without the approval of the
national Managing Committee.
4.1.5. No person, to whom membership has been admitted under 4.4, shall be eligible for election
to the National Managing Committee, or for nomination to the chair of Commissions.
4.1.6. No person who is a member of a group/association/organisation opposed to the mission and
objectives of CLAIM, shall be admitted as member.
4.1.7. No person who has been convicted on charges of drug dealing, other than cannabis, shall be
admitted as member.

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ARTICLE 5: NATIONAL MANAGING COMMITTEE
5.1. The Association shall be administered by a National Managing Committee (NMC) composed
of nine Active Founding Members of the association and elected by the Founding Members of the
Assosciation.
5.1.2. The elected National Managing Committee members shall choose from among themselves;

No

Office

Title

Abreviation

President

Pt

Vice-President

VPt

General Secretary

GS

Assistant General Secretary

AGS

General Treasurer

GT

Assistant General Treasurer

AGT

1

Chair Person

2

Vice Chair Person

3

Secretary

4

Assistant Secretary

5

Treasurer

6

Assistant Treasurer

7

Branch Organisation Officer

Branch Organisation Manager

BOM

8

Internal Coordination Officer

Internal Coordinator

ICO

9

External Liaison Officer

International Relations Officer

IRO

who shall hold office until the next election due and shall be re-eligible.
5.1.3 The Term of Office of the elected members of the NMC shall be one year.
5.1.4. The date on which the Founding Members ratify the choice made by members of the NMC
with regard to the distribution of offices among them, shall be considered as the first day of their
term of office and the next election shall be due exactly 366 days after.
5.1.5. Election to the NMC, and to each office thereof, shall be performed by an Annual General
Assembly consisting of Delegates of Branches and on a one man one vote principle.
5.1.6. Election to the NMC shall be open to all Active Members of all branches provided that the
member has been a member of the branch for at least six month prior to the date of that
election and has paid his membership fee during the six preceding months.
5.2 The NMC shall meet at least once monthly and whenever the President may think it fit or
upon a specific request by any one member of the NMC.
5.2.1. Any six (6) members present shall form a quorum for a meeting of the NMC.
5.2.2. Whenever, despite several attempts, the NMC is unable to meet for any reasons whatsoever
or whenever the number of members of the NMC falls below the required quorum for a meeting
of the NMC due to resignation, or otherwise, of members of the NMC, the Secretary shall cause a
special general meeting to be convened and held within one month of the last attempted
meeting of the NMC to consider the situation and to take action as appropriate, provided that if
the General Secretary fails to convene such meeting within ten days of the last attempted
meeting of the NMC, any member of the NMC may do so.
5.2.3. Notice of any meeting of the MC shall be given in writing (including e-mail) to members at
least five days before the date fixed for the meeting.
5.3. Vacancies in the NMC up to a maximum of three in any term of office shall be filled in by
members designated by the remaining members of the NMC at a meeting.
5.3.1. Any vacancy in excess of three shall be filled in by election at a special general meeting
convened for the purpose.
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5.4. Any NMC member or the whole NMC may be removed and replaced by a majority vote
given at a Special General Meeting.
5.5. At a written and motivated request signed by three members of the NMC, the Chair shall
cause a meeting to be convened within a fortnight from the date of the request, failing which the
signatories may themselves convene the meeting in accordance with paragraph 5.1 and 5.2.3
above.
5.6. The absence of a member from three consecutive NMC meetings without good and sufficient
cause shall give the right to the NMC to replace him by another one.
5.7. No person who is an undischarged bankrupt, or has, within the three preceding years, been
convicted of any offence involving fraud or dishonesty shall be qualified to become an officer or
having been so appointed or elected shall continue to act as such.
5.7. The NMC shall have the power to set up sub-committees as considered appropriate which
shall be chaired by a member of the NMC, or by any other member of the sub-commitee itself,
nominated by the NMC
5.7.1. Pursuant to section 5.7. there shall be seven sub-committees styled as Commissions, namely;
(a) Laws & Politics
(b) Research & Documentation
(c) Industry & Economy
(d) Medicine & Nutrition
(e) Society & Culture
(f) Finance & Logistics
(g) Communication & Public Relations
5.7.2. The Chair Persons of Commissions shall be known as Presidents of Commission (PC).
5.7.3. The PC of any particular commission shall choose its members among the 3 categories of
membership specified in sub-article 4.1 above.
5.7.4. Presidents of Commissions shall report to and be accountable to the NMC

ARTICLE 6: POWER OF THE NATIONAL MANAGING COMMITTEE
6.1. The National Managing Committee is empowered:
6.1.1. to invest the funds of the Association in recognised securities;
6.1.2. to lease or to take on lease or to let movable or immovable property;
provided that the sanction of a general meeting shall first be sought for any transaction
exceeding one thousand rupees per item in value or four thousand rupees in any one year (or for
any amount that may subsequently be provided for in the relevant law);
6.1.3. to accept donations and legacies from any source provided that such donations and legacies
be free from any conditions detrimental to the objects of the Association.
6.1.4. to raise funds via the optimization of its intangible immaterial assets.
6.2. The NMC shall not be empowered to dispose, pledge, mortgage or charge any property
worth more than three thousand rupees (or any amount that may subsequently be provided for
in the relevant law) and belonging to the Association unless such transaction has been approved
by "special resolution" in accordance with Section 30 of the Registration of Associations Act.

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ARTICLE 7: DUTIES OF CHAIR
7.1. The Chair shall be responsible for the supervision of all matters concerning the efficient
administration of the Association.
7.2. The Chair shall 7.2.1. preside over all meetings of the Association;
7.2.2. at the Annual General Meeting, submit a report on the working of the Association for the
preceding accounting period, together with a statement of accounts drawn up and signed by the
Treasurer and certified by the Auditor.
7.3. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside over any meeting.
7.4. In the absence of both the Chair and the Vice-Chair, any committee member chosen from
among and by the other committee members present at a meeting shall preside over the
meeting.
7.5. In case of equality of votes, the presiding member shall have a casting vote.
7.6. The Vice-Chair shall exercise the same powers and rights, and assume the same responsibilities
as those of the Chair, in the absence of the latter.
7.7. The Branch President shall be responsible for the performance of the duties herein specified,
at branch level, except for those relating to 7.2.2 above.

ARTICLE 8: DUTIES OF GENERAL SECRETARY
8.1. The General Secretary shall
8.1.1. convene all meetings of the Association.
8.1.2. draw up the minutes of proceedings of meetings which shall after confirmation at the
ensuing meetings be signed by him and the presiding member
8.1.3. keep a Register of Members in which shall be recorded:
8.1.3.1. the names and surnames of each member;
8.1.3.2. his mailing address and e-mail address
8.1.3.3 the date of his admission;
8.1.3.4. his date of birth;
8.1.3.5. such other particulars as the Managing Committee may require.
8.1.4. have the custody of the records of the Association.
8.2. The General Secretary of the Association shall, not later than three months after the
accounting date in every year, forward to the Chief Registrar of Associations a return containing(a) a certified copy of the statement of the Association required to be submitted to the Annual
General Meeting under Section 22 of the Registration of Associations Act, together with a
declaration specifying whether the statement has been approved by the meeting;
(b) a statement of the names and postal addresses of the officers of the Association;
(c) a return of the membership of the Association as on the 31st December of the preceding year;
and
(d) where the Association has amended its rules during the accounting period, a copy of the rules
of the Association as amended.
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8.3. The General Secretary shall, within fourteen days of any change among the officers or in the
address of the office of the Association, give written notice of the change to the Chief Registrar of
Associations.
8.4. In case of absence, the General Secretary shall be replaced by the Assistant-General Secretary
who shall exercise the same powers and rights, and assume the same responsibilities as those of
the General Secretary.
8.5 At branch level, the Branch Secretary, or in his absence, the Branch Assistant Secretary, shall
be responsible for the duties specified in 8.1.1 to 8.1.4

ARTICLE 9: DUTIES OF GENERAL TREASURER
9.1. The GeneralTreasurer shall 9.1.1. have the custody of all the account books of the Association;
9.1.2 receive all sums of money due or accruing to the Association and deliver receipts thereof;
9.1.3. within the least possible delay, pay into one or more of the local banks, chosen by the
National Managing Committee, the money received by him;
9.1.4. be allowed to keep in his possession a sum not exceeding one thousand rupees (Rs1000), as
petty cash;
9.1.5 lay every quarterly before the National Managing Committee a statement showing the
financial transactions of the Association for the previous period;
9.1.6. prepare the statement of accounts;
9.1.7. effect all payments exceeding one hundred rupees by cheque;
9.1.8. produce his books for examination whenever required by the Chair or by the Auditor;
9.1.9 in conjunction with the Chair sign all cheques, deeds and other documents of the
Association.
9.1.10. keep a "Record of Revenue" in the form prescribed by law and a cash book showing its
receipts and payments;
9.1.11. once a year not later than one month after the accounting date prepare and submit to the
Managing Committee a statement of the receipts and payments of the Association in respect of
the accounting period and of the assets and liabilities of the Association existing on the
accounting date;
9.1.12. on his resignation or on vacation of his office or whenever required so to do by the rules of
the Association or the Registration of Associations Act, render to the Association a true account of
money received and paid by him since his appointment or since he last rendered an account,
whichever occurs later.
9.1.13. In case of absence, the Treasurer shall be replaced by the Assistant-Treasurer who shall
exercise the same powers and rights, and assume the same responsibilities as those of the
Treasurer.
9.2. At branch level, the Branch Treasurer, or in his absence, the Branch Assistant Treasurer shall 9.2.1. receive all sums of money due or accruing to the Branch and deliver receipts thereof;
9.2.2. within the least possible delay, remitt to the General Treasurer the money received by him;
9.2.3. keep a record book of all sums received in the manner and form as specified by the
General Treasurer;
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9.2.4. produce his books for examination whenever required by the hierarchy of his branch, or by
the General Treasurer, the Managing Committee of the Association, or by the Auditor;
9.2.5. perform any other related duties upon instruction by the General Treasurer or the
Managing Committee of the Association.

ARTICLE 10: DUTIES OF THE ASSISTANT GENERAL TREASURER
10.1 The Assistant GeneralTreasurer shall 10.1.2 assist the the General Treasurer in performing all the duties defined in sub-articles 9.1.1 to
9.1.13.

ARTCLE 11: DUTIES OF THE BRANCH MANAGER
11.1 The Branch Manager shall 11.1.1 be responsible for the establishment and management branches and;
11.1.2 perform his duties in compliance with Article 22
11.2.3 perform any other branch related duties as may be instructed by the President.

ARTICLE 12: DUTIES OF THE INTERNAL COORDINATOR
10.1 The Internal Coordinator shall 10.1.1 assist the Branch Manager in establishing and coordinating the functioning of branches;
10.1.2 assist the National Managing Committee in coordinating the functioning of Commissions;
10.1.3 perform any other liaison or coordination functions as may be required or upon instruction
by the National Managing Committee.

ARTICLE 13: DUTIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICER
11.1 The International Relations Officer shall be responsible to correspond with;
11.1.2 foreign or international associations and or institutions involved in Human Rights Protection,
eradication of dangerous drugs consumption and trafficking and legalisation of cannabis;
11.1.3 foreign or international media – press, radio, TV and others.
11.2 The International Relations Officer shall keep the National Managing Committee informed of
all his activities.
11.3 The International Relations Officer shall refer to the President, any request for interviews,
official opinion or matters of similar nature, from international correspondents.
11.4 All written communication exchanges shall be performed on the official email account of the
Association or on another email account as may be specified by the Managing Committee for this
purpose.
11.5 Apart from the International Relations Officer himself, no other person other than the first five
office bearers of the National Managing Committee shall be entitled to correspond with
correspondents specified in sub-articles 11.1.2 and 11.1.3 above, on behalf of, or for the Association,
or using the Association's email account or letterhead.

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ARTICLE 14: DUTIES OF COMMUNICATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
14.1 The President of the Communication & Public Relations Commission shall be the official
Public Relations Officer of the Association.
14.1.2 he shall be the unique interface between the Association and the media for public relation
matters;
14.1.3 an email to that effect, jointly signed by himself and the General Secretary, shall be sent
from the Association's official email account, to local newspapers, magazins, radios, TV's, and
other relevant private and public institutions.
14.2 The Public Relations Officer shall keep the NMC informed of all his activities.
14.2.1 The Public Relations Officer shall refer to the President, any request for press, radio or TV
interviews, participation in programmes, debates and other forums, as well as official opinion or
other matters of similar nature, from local correspondents.
14.2.2 upon reception of a request for matters specified in sub-article 4 above, the President shall
consult the NMC to designate one representative to perform the exercise;
14.3 in the event that the exercise requested for bears some urgency character, the President may,
if he considers it appropriate, directly appoint any one office bearer of the Managing Committee
to perform the exercise or, perform the exercise himself if he thinks it would be in the legitimate
interest of the Association to do so;
14.4 matters relating to official opinion, or relative to legal, judiciary, police or government
policies, shall be handled exclusively by the President.
14.4.1 All written communication exchanges shall be performed on the official email account of
the Association or on another email account as may be specified by the Managing Committee for
this purpose.
14.4.2 Apart from the Public Relations Officer himself, no other person other than the first five
office bearers of the National Managing Committee shall be entitled to correspond with
correspondents specified in this article, on behalf of, or for the Association, or using the
Association's email account or letterhead, or perform any other exercises specified in this article.

ARTICLE 15: FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS MANAGEMENT
15.1 BOARD CLAIM Account 15.1.1 This account shall be a private, secret group account and shall have no link with any other
account and;
15.1.2 it shall be administered jointly by;
(a) the Public Relations Officer and;
(b) the first six (6) office bearers of the National Managing Committee
15.1.3 No other person other than;
(a) the Public Relations Officer
(b) office bearers of the NMC
(c) Presidents of Commissions
(d) other Collaborating Members as may designated by the NMC.
shall have access to, read or publish posts on this account.
15.1.4 Subject to sub-article 15.1.3 (d) above, the Managing Committee shall provide to the
administrators a listing of Collaborating Members authorised to have access to the account.
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15.1.5 All exchanges therein between members shall bear private, confidential and secrecy status;
15.1.5.1 except for those initially intended for public sharing or for dispatch to target
correspondents;
15.1.1.5.2 any disclosure to, or sharing with other third parties, materials, content or exchanges
between members, which were initially intended to bear private, confidential and secrecy status,
shall constitute a violation of secrecy warranting the National Managing Committee to sanction
the culprit, including expulsion from the Association and/or legal prosecution.
15.2 CLAIM-NMC Account
15.2.1 This account shall be a private, secret group account and reserved exlusively for the nine
office bearers of the National Managing Committee and it shall have no link with any other
account and;
15.2.2 it shall be administered jointly by;
(a) the President
(b) the first six (6) office bearers of the NMC
15.2.3 No other person other than the nine office bearers of the NMC shall have access to, read or
publish posts on this account.
15.2.4 All exchanges therein between members shall bear private, confidential and secrecy status;
15.2.4.1. except for those initially intended for public sharing or for dispatch to target
correspondents;
15.2.4.2 any disclosure to, or sharing with other third parties, materials, content or exchanges
between members, which were initially intended to bear private, confidential and secrecy status,
shall constitute a violation of secrecy warranting the National Managing Committee to sanction
the culprit, including expulsion from the Association and/or legal prosecution.
15.3 CLAIM-IT MORIS Account
15.3.1 This account shall be a public group account and;
15.3.2 it shall be administered jointly by;
(a) the Public Relations Officer and
(b) the first six (6) office bearers of the NMC
15.3.3 The NMC shall draft and post therein a Code of Ethics, in English, in French and in Creole,
and to which our members, supporters, sympathisers, followers, friends and others, shall have to
abide to, failing which their posts, comments or any other non-compliant inputs shall be censured,
sanitized or removed.
15.3.4 The NMC shall also post thereon a legal disclaimer as well as legal guidance to warn and
prevent people from posting materials that may constitute penal offences.
15.3.5 The Public Relations Officer shall use his technical expertise, and if he does not have such
expertise, hire external expertise, to continuously monitor, viz, censure, sanitize or remove noncompliant inputs prior to publication.

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ARTICLE 16:. WEBSITE AND BLOGS
16.1 The Association shall have one website and multiple subject-based blogs and;
16.1.2 the website shall be administered jointly by;
(a) the Public Relations Officer and
(b) the first six (6) office bearers of the NMC
16.1.3 blogs shall be administered jointly by;
(a) the Presidents of Commissions
(b) the first six (6) office bearers of the NMC
(c) any other member designated by the NMC

ARTICLE 17: FINANCE
17.1 The fund of the association shall consist of;
(a) membership fees
(a) donations from local and international donors
(c) sale of memorabilias to members, sympathisers, supporters and general public
(d) franchising of the Association's intangible, immaterial assets
(e) donations collected during private or public events organised by the Association
(f) donations collected during private or public events organised by partner associations
(g) sponsorship by local businesses, organisations, private and or public institutions
(h) grants from private international donors and international organisations, institutions
17.1.2 No grant, donation, sponsorship in and of any form shall be requested to or accepted from
persons, businesses, organisations, companies, multinationals or others involved in;
(a) production or sale of tobacco and alcoholic beverages
(b) exploitation, sales of fossil fuels, their derivatives or fossil fuel generated energy
(c) treatment, exploitation, sales of nuclear materials or nuclear energy
(d) manufacture, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs and GMO's
(e) illicit exploitation of precious minerals and marine resources
(f) unethical and or cruel exploitation of animals for any intent and purpose
(g) production, sales or distribution of illicit natural or synthetic drugs
(h) exploitation of man, women and children
(i) manufacture, sales, distribution of weapons and ammunitions
17.2 Income of the Association shall be used for general expenses and activities approved by the
National Managing Committee in furthering the objects of the Association.

ARTICLE 18: SIGNING OF CHEQUES, DEEDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
18.1 All cheques, deeds and other documents legally binding the Association shall be signed jointly
by the Chair and the Treasurer.
18.1.2 In the absence or incapacity of the Chair or the Treasurer, these documents shall be signed
by the Vice Chair or Assistant Treasurer respectively.
18.2 All documents relative to article 17.1 (d) above, shall be signed exclusively and jointly by the
Chair and the Treasurer.

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ARTICLE 19: APPOINTMENT AND DUTIES OF THE AUDITOR
19.1 One (1) auditor shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting, and shall need the
approval of the Chief Registrar of Associations, if he is not professionally qualified.
19.1.2 The Auditor shall hold office for one (1) year concurrently with the NMC.
19.1.3 The Auditor may be removed and replaced by a decision of a General Meeting.
19.1.4 The Association Committee shall upon written request by the Auditor submit the accounts
of the Association for audit.
19.2 The Auditor shall 19.2.1 make a thorough examination of all the books and documents in the custody of the Genral
Treasurer at least once yearly and shall forthwith report to the Chair any error or omission
detected in the course of the examination;
19.2.2 verify and certify all statements of accounts prior to their being submitted to the Annual
General Meeting;
19.2.3 draw an inventory of all the belongings of the Association at least once yearly.

ARTICLE 20: SECURITY BOND
20.1 The Chair, the Vice Chair, the Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer shall each become bound
with two sureties in the sum of one thousand rupees (Rs1000) jointly and severally for the true
performance of their duties.
20.2 The security bonds shall be filed in the office of the Chief Registrar of Associations without
undue delay.

ARTICLE 21: KEEPING AND INSPECTION OF BOOKS
21.1 All books of the Association shall be kept in English.
21.2 The books shall open to inspection to any person having an interest in the funds of the
Association.
21.3 All books and documents shall be kept at the seat of the Association.

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ARTICLE 22: ESTABLISHMENT OF BRANCHES
22.1 The association shall establish branches all over the territory of the Republic of Mauritius and
shall give written notice of the establishment of such branches to the Chief Registrar of
Associations within the prescribed delay.
22.2 Except where a branch established in a village/town is composed of more than 100 persons,
not more than one branch shall be established in that village/town.
22.3 The NMC may dissolve any branch if it considers that the branch or its members are not
operating in compliance with the mission & objectives, or according to the rules & regulations of
the association and shall give written notice of the dissolution of such that branch to the Chief
Registrar of Associations within the prescribed delay..
22.4 There shall be not more than six (6) branches per village/town
22.5 Each branch shall have a Branch Managing Committee (BMC) and consisting of;

No

Office

1

Chair Person

2

Vice Chair Person

3

Secretary

4

Assistant Secretary

5

Treasurer

6

Assistant Treasurer

Title

Abreviations

Branch President

BP

Branch Vice-president

BVP

Branch Secretary

BS

Branch Assistant-secretary

BAS

Branch Treasurer

BT

Branch Assistant Treasurer

BAT

22.5.1 Officers 1, 2, and 3, shall be nominated by the NMC and shall hold office for two (2) years.
22.5.6 The other three officers shall be elected by the branch members by simple majority vote
under supervision of the Branch Organisation Manager or any other member of the NMC
nominated by the NMC and, shall hold office for two (2) years until the next election due and
shall be re-eligible.
22.6 All members of the Branch Managing Committee shall report to and be accountable to the
National Managing Committee.
22.7 All BT's and BAT's shall also report to the hierarchy of their respective branches and shall
work under the direction of, report to and be acountable to the General Treasurer and General
Assistant Treasurer.
22.8 No person shall be admitted a member of the branch except upon the approval of the NMC
or the Branch Manager and on the written recommendation of the branch signed jointly by the
BP and the BS, or in their absence, by their respective assistants.
22.9 The association and the branch shall each keep a register of members of the branch.
22.10 No person shall;
(a) vote at the meeting of the branch
(b) be a delegate of the branch, or
(c) be an officer of the branch
22.10.1 unless he has been a member of the branch for more than three months.
22.10.2 or even if he has been a member of the branch for more than three months but has not
paid his membership fee for the last 3 months.
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22.11 The decision making process of the branch shall be shall be by unanimous decision, or in the
absence of unanimity, by simple majority vote.
22.11.1 If and when, no majority is emerged out of the voting process, the object of the election
shall be referred to the Branch Manager who shall have the power to vote on that particular
matter, either way, as if he is a member of the branch.

ARTICLE 23: GENERAL MEETING OF DELEGATES
23.1 There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the association consisting of delegates of
branches.
23.1.2 The Annual General Meeting of Delegates shall be held not later than three months after
the accounting date.
23.2 Notice of Annual General Meeting of Delegates shall be given in writing (including e-mail) to
each branch at least fourteen (14) days before the date fixed for the meeting, and specifying;
(a) that the meeting is convened as an Annual General Meeting of Delegates
(b) the matters to be considered at the meeting
(c) the number of delegates to be elected by the branch; and
(d) the number of delegates to be elected by every other branch of the association
23.2.1 Every branch shall, not later than seven (7) days after receiving a notice under subsection 2,
convene a Branch General Meeting at which;
(a) all the matters to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting of Delegates shall be
considered; and
(b) the delegates to represent the branch shall be elected
23.3 All branches consisting of less than fifty (50) members shall elect two (2) delegates, among its
first four office bearers.
23.3.1 All branches consisting of more than fifty (50) members shall elect three (3) delegates,
among its first four office bearers.
23.3.2 No branch shall be entitled to elect any delegate unless the branch was established more
than five (5) months before the date of the General Annual Meeting.
23.4 The decision making process at the Annual General Meeting of Delegates shall be by simple
majority vote.
23.4.1 In case of equality of votes, the presiding member shall have a casting vote.

ARTICLE 24: SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF DELEGATES
24.1 A Special General Meeting of Delegates shall be called whenever 24.1.2 the National Managing Committee so decides;
24.1.3 there is a written and motivated request signed by not less than sixty five per cent of the
total number of Branch Delegates, in which case the National Managing Committee shall cause
the meeting to be convened and held within one month from the date of request.
24.1.4 If the National Managing Committee fails to comply with paragraph 24.1.3 above, the
signatories of the written request, may convene and hold the meeting as provided for in
paragraph 24.3 below.
24.2 Subject to the provisions of the Registration of Associations Act, sixty five percent of the total
number of Branch Delegates shall constitute a quorum for any general meeting.
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24.2.1 In case there is no quorum 24.2.2 the Annual General Meeting of Delegates or the Special General Meeting of Delegates
convened under paragraph 24.1.2 above shall be postponed for a fortnight and at that
subsequent meeting the business of the day shall be proceeded with not withstanding the
number of Branch Delegates present.
24.2.3 all other special general meetings shall be absolutely dissolved.
24.3 Notice of any Special General Meeting with the agenda shall be given in writing, including email, by the Secretary to all Branch Members at least fourteen (14) days before the date on which
the meeting is scheduled.

ARTICLE 25: MODE AND RIGHT OF VOTING.
25.1 Voting at General Meetings of Delegates shall normally be by show of hands, provided that
voting shall be by ballot if such a request is made by at least half of the number of Branch
Delegates present at the meeting.
25.2 Each Branch Delegate shall be entitled to one vote, provided he has been regularly
admitted as member and his name appears in the register of members.
25.3 Voting by proxy at general meetings shall be allowed subject to Section 28(3) of the
Registration of Associations Act and subject to paragraphs 25.4 and 25.5 below.
25.4 For the taking of a "special resolution" in accordance with Section 30 of the Registration of
Associations Act, a member may vote by proxy through another member but no member shall
vote as proxy for more than twenty members.
25.5 For any purpose other than the taking of a "special resolution", no member shall vote by
proxy through another member for more than 3 members.

ARTICLE 26: TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
26.1 The National Managing Committee may;
26.1.1 suspend the membership of any member for a period not exceeding three months; or
26.1.2 terminate the membership of any member in case of misconduct or in case of conduct
being in breach of the CLAIM's Code of Conduct.
26.2 In every case the defaulting member shall be convened before the National Managing
Committee where he shall 26.2.1 have the right to be heard and to lay his defence;
26.2.2 be entitled to call witnesses to depone in his favour;
26.2.3 send his defence in writing if he so wishes; provided that if a member is summoned to
appear before the Managing Committee and fails to do so, the NMC may take a decision in the
matter.
26.3 Any decision taken by the NMC shall be notified to the defaulting member by registered
mail.
26.4 The defaulting member shall have the right to an appeal against any decision taken by the
NMC by sending his appeal to the General Secretary by registered mail.
26.5 Any appeal under paragraph 8.4 above shall be sent to the GS not later than fifteen (15)
days after the receipt of the notification of the decision of the NMC by the member concerned,
provided that no appeal shall be considered after this time limit has expired.
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26.6 On receiving an appeal under paragraph 8.5 above, the NMC shall cause a special general
meeting to be convened and held within one month of receipt of the notice of appeal failing
which the charges levelled against the defaulting member shall automatically lapse.
26.7 The decision of the special general meeting concerning the appeal shall be final.
26.8 A member who resigns or who is expelled forfeits all his rights to any property of the
Association and to any contribution, monetary or otherwise, he may have made to the
Association.

ARTICLE 27: ACTIONS BY OR AGAINST THE ASSOCIATION
27.1 The Association shall act, sue and shall be sued, implead or be impleaded and shall do all
other acts under its corporate name through its Secretary.
27.2 Whenever the Association shall be sued or be impleaded and whenever it shall be necessary
to serve notices, summonses or any other legal process, judicial or extra-judicial, upon the
Association, service upon the Secretary shall be good and sufficient upon the Association.

ARTICLE 28: AMENDMENTS, AMALGAMATION AND WINDING UP
28.1 No amendments of these rules shall be effected except by "special resolution" taken in
accordance with Article 30 of the Registration of Associations Act and such amendments shall not
be implemented until and unless registered by the Chief Registrar of Associations
28.2 The decision to dissolve the Association or to amalgamate it with another Association shall be
taken by special resolution in conformity with law.
28.3 In the event of winding up of the Association, all its property, movable or immovable, its
cash at bank and in hand, shall be disposed in accordance with law.
28.4 Where the Association has taken a "special resolution" that the Association shall be wound
up, the Secretary shall, within fourteen days after the resolution has been approved, give written
notice of the resolution to the Chief Registrar of Associations and lodge with him 28.4.1 a certified copy of the minutes of proceedings of the general meeting at which the "special
resolution" to wind up the Association has been approved;
28.4.2 a detailed statement of the assets and liabilities of the Association; and
28.4.3 a declaration signed by him that section 30 of the Registration of Association Act has been
complied with.

ARTICLE 29: DISPUTES
29.1 In the event of any dispute arising as to the interpretation of Association"s Rules, the dispute
shall, in the first instance, be referred to a Specific Cell to be appointed by National Managing
Committee. If the mediation of the Specific Cell does not resolve the dispute, the matter shall be
referred to the NMC whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties. When appropriate,
the laws of the of Mauritius shall apply.

ARTICLE 30:MISCELLANEOUS
30.1 The accounting date of the Association shall be 31st December and its accounting period shall
be from 1st January to 31st December except for the year and date of its registration to 31st
December 2015.
30.2 In these rules, words importing the masculine include feminine unless otherwise required by
the context.
30.3 Any member who resigns or who is expelled shall have no claims to a refund of any
contribution, monetary or otherwise, made by him to the Association in any way.
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30.4 Any dispute between the Association and any of its member or any person's claim by or
through a member shall be settled by the Special General Meeting of Delegates.
30.5 The handing over of all books, documents cash in hand etc., shall be effected within two
weeks of the date of appointment of the newly elected officers.
30.6 The NMC shall conceive and circulate among its members, a binding Code of Ethics based
upon the Association's undertaking specified in sub-article 3.9 above.
30.6.1 The Code of Ethics, herein referred to as Annex 2, shall be construed to form part and
parcel of the present Rules and Regulations, and any proven severe non-compliance to any of its
provisions by any member may constitute an able and reasonable argument for his expulsion
from the association.
30.7 The Association shall, within the first year of its registration, establish a Senate with nonexecutive powers, reserved for members who have been the original conceptors of CLAIM, for
those who shall be retiring from NMC, BMC or any other retiring member, to constitute a kind of
consultative forum, and to which disputes, if any, not resolved at executive level, may be
referred, upon decision of the NMC, for consideration and guidance, or for any other purposes.
30.7.1 The NMC shall nominate one of the original conceptors of CLAIM as President the Senate
and if he is agreeable to, he shall also be nominated as the Honorary President of CLAIM.
Read, understood and approved by all Founding Members present at a General Meeting of the
Association held on September 26, 2015 at Che Guevara Center, Maurice Curé street, Rose Hill,
and testified by the Joint Declaration signed by the Founding Members of the Association
annexed.
..........................................................................................................................................................................................
This document consists of nineteen pages, plus an annex consisting of two pages named "CLAIM's
Foundation Act - Joint Declaration by Founding Members" and herein referred to as Annex 1, and
shall, for all intents and purposes, be the official Mission & Objectives and the Rules & Regulations
of CLAIM, unless otherwise amended by a General Annual Assembly of Delegates by a 65%
majority vote.
Annex 2 – Code of Ethics shall be drafted and annexed to this document as per 30.6.1 above.

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