All persons as the Council shall admit to membership in accordance with the Rules shall be
members of the Association.
The minimum age for Membership will be 13 but only members over the age of 18 years
shall have voting rights. A member is a person who has been accepted as affiliated to an
Ethnic Community Broadcasting Group in accordance with thesev Rules.
1. a) (i) An application for Membership shall be in writing in the form prescribed from time to
time by the Council.
(ii) The applicant must specify in his/her application the Ethnic Community Broadcasting
Group with which s/he wishes to be affiliated.
(iii) No applicant or member shall seek affiliation to more than one Ethnic Community
(iv) A member may transfer his/her association to another Ethnic Community
Broadcasting Group except that a member may not transfer his/her affiliation after an
announcement of an election or before an election of the Ethnic Community Broadcasting
Group with which s/he wishes to transfer to.
(v) Only members affiliated to an Ethnic Community Broadcasting Group shall be eligible
for election to the Council and other positions.
(vi) All applicants shall undertake to be bound by the Association's Rules.
b) (i) Upon receipt of an application for membership, the Secretary of the Association shall
display forthwith, the application at the radio station for a period of twenty-one days. A copy
of the application shall be sent to the Convener of the Ethnic Community Broadcasting
(ii) Objections to an application for membership can be lodged by any member of the
Association with the Secretary of the Association within a period of twenty-one days from
the date of display of the application.
2 a) (i) The secretary shall as soon as practicable refer an application for membership to
the Council for approval.
(ii) If an objection to an application for membership is made, the secretary shall inform
the applicant in writing the grounds of the objection and invite him/her to answer the
allegation made. The secretary once in receipt of the applicant's answer shall refer the
matter to the Council for consideration.
(iii) An application may only be rejected if
-a- there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant would not abide by
the Constitution of the Association; or
-b- required by law; or
-c- the applicant has been convicted of an indictable offence; or
-d- there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant would not abide by
the Community Broadcasting Codes of Practice; or
-e- there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant would pose a
security risk to the members or premises of the Association.
b) Upon the application being approved or rejected by the Council, the secretary shall notify
the Applicant forthwith of the Council's decision.
c) (i) Any person or association denied membership by the Council shall have the right to
appeal to the Membership Appeals committee.
(ii) The Membership Appeals Committee shall be constituted by three members elected
annually by the Annual General Meeting.
(iii) The members of the Membership Appeals Committee once elected, shall choose
from amongst themselves a chairman.
(iv) In the event of a casual vacancy, the Council may appoint a member to the vacant
position and the member so appointed may continue in office up to the date of the Annual
General Meeting next, following the date of his/her appointment.
d) (i) A person or association shall lodge with the secretary, a Notice of Intention to appeal
to the Membership Appeals Committee within fourteen days from the date of notification by
the secretary of the Council's decision to deny membership.
(ii) The secretary shall as soon as practicable, refer the Notice to the Chairman of the
Membership Appeals Committee stating the Council's reasons for denying membership.
(iii) The Chairman shall convene a meeting of the Membership Appeals Committee to be
held where practicable fourteen days from the date the notice of appeal was referred to the
e) (i) The Chairman shall cause to be served on the applicant as soon as practicable, a
notice in writing.
(ii) Setting out the Council's reasons for denying membership.
(iii) Inviting the applicant to appear before the Membership Appeals Committee on the
specified date, place, time, to address the Membership Appeals Committee seeking a
revocation of the Council's resolution.
f) After the applicant has been given a full and fair hearing, the Membership Appeals
Committee shall decide by simple majority to confirm or revoke the resolution of Council.
g) The Council or any person or association shall have the right to appeal against the
decision of the Membership Appeals Committee at the Annual General Meeting next
following the date of the Membership Appeals Committee decision.
3 a) The Secretary shall keep and maintain a Register of Members in which shall be entered
the full particulars of each Member and the register shall be available for inspection by
Members at the registered address of the Association at a time convenient both to the
Secretary and to the Member.
b) Upon admission of the person or association as a member of the Association, the name
and address of the successful applicant shall be recorded in the Register of Members.
4 All members of the Association shall have the same rights except that an association shall
not be eligible for election to the Council or to an Ethnic Community Broadcasting Group
Committee and where specifically otherwise provided within these Rules.
Annual Membership Fee
5 The annual subscription for members pursuant to Rule 11 shall be the amount Council
may from time to time determine.
6 All subscriptions shall be payable in advance each year in a manner determined by the
Status of Membership
7. A member of the Association shall cease to be a member and have his/her name
removed from the register of members of the Association if:
a) s/he resigns his membership by notice in writing lodged with the Secretary;
b) his/her membership subscription is more than two years in arrears.
Expulsion of Members
8 Subject to these rules the Council may by resolution seek:
a) the expulsion of a member from the Association;
b) the suspension of a member from membership of the Association for a specified period;
c) the resignation of a member, if in the opinion of the Council a member has refused or
neglected to comply with the Rules and/or the objects of the Association or his/her conduct
has been or is, injurious to the character, interest or activities of the Association.
9. Where the Council seeks the suspension, expulsion or resignation of a member the
Secretary shall as soon as practicable cause to be served on the member a notice in writing;
a) Setting out the allegations of the Council and the grounds on which the allegations are
b) Inviting the member to appear before the Council at a meeting to be held where
practicable fourteen days after the service of the notice, stating the date, place, time of the
meeting, to address the Council and answer the allegations made in whatsoever language is
most convenient to the member.
10. After the member has been given a full and fair hearing, the Council shall decide by a
simple majority whether the allegations have been substantiated. If the Association decides
that the allegations have been substantiated the Council may recommend that the member
resign from the Association or it may expel or suspend the member from the Association.
11. Any member who has been asked to resign, expelled or suspended in accordance with
these Rules shall have the right of appeal from such a decision by the Council to the general
meeting of the Association held next after the date upon which the said recommendation of
the Council or the decision of the Council is communicated to him/her. Such general
meeting may ratify or rescind a recommendation and the decision of such a meeting shall be
final and binding on the member. Such an intention to appeal to a general meeting shall be
lodged with the Secretary who will include the matter in the agenda for the forthcoming