Article 8 – Manifestos

1.   The purpose of this article is to ensure that the public is not misled in terms of the intentions and promises of candidates.

2.   All candidates running for any elected office will have an opportunity to publish their manifestos for the public to read and comment on. It is the prerogative of candidates to publish or not to publish a manifesto. Voters, however, will be less likely to vote for a candidate without a manifesto or one with a vague manifesto, than a candidate with a clear, objective, and pertinent manifesto. If there is no manifesto, there will also be no restriction on the candidate’s actions while in office. The voters need to press candidates to publish their manifestos with TAU or they should refrain from voting for that candidate.

3.   If a candidate is elected and acts in conflict with his/her manifesto, the candidate first has to seek approval from the constituents to amend the manifesto. Violation of the manifesto should be grounds for voting against an incumbent at the next election or even impeachment of the incumbent, regardless of the merits of the violation. Violation of the manifesto should be de facto reason for dismissal or impeachment.

4.   If a matter is worth voting for, the incumbent should seek to amend the manifesto according to the manner described above. Voters should consider candidate manifestos of sufficient weight and importance that violation of manifestos would be tantamount to political suicide.

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