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Rules for Councilor Election

Section 1 The Council shall consist of ten councilors, and its term shall be for a period of two years.
Councilors shall be elected from regular members by ballots of regular and honorary members. Half the councilors shall be elected every year.
Section 2 Ten candidates for the next councilors shall be nominated by the Council, four months before councilor’s term of office runs out.
In the nomination of next candidates, major research field, age, geographic location shall be considered.
Section 3 The Council shall inform names of nominated candidates to regular and honorary members, and call for the election. Regular and honorary members shall select eligible candidates among the informed names, and vote by marking the names. If members want to vote another eligible candidate who is not nominated, members can write the names on a ballot. However, members shall not vote more candidates than its quota.
section 4 The election shall take place by a secret ballot by mail.
Section 5 Voting members shall mark their own ballots and seal them in envelopes unsigned. The sealed ballot envelope shall be placed in a larger outer stamped envelope. The voter’s name and address (home or place of work) must appear upon the outer stamped envelope. “A ballot” shall be indicated on the outer envelope.
Section 6 The election shall be managed by the Council accompanied by two representatives of members.
Section 7 The Council shall decide five new councilors according to the voting results.
Section 8 These rules may be amended by a careful discussion at the Council and an approval at a general meeting.
These rules become effective from October 1, 2002.
September 25, 2003 Partial Amendment.
September 22, 2005 Partial Amendment.
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