Rules of Procedure of the PUK

Rules of Procedure of the PUK – Article 1:

1. Name: Kurdistan National Union (KNU)

2. Limits of activities: Kurdistan Region, separatist regions, other regions of the Federal Republic of Iraq and abroad. 

Article 2: The Kurdistan National Union (KNU) is a social democratic party that strives to establish peace and strengthen the values ​​of freedom, democracy, citizenship, human rights, the right to self-determination and believes in a culture of equality and tolerance.


1. Slogans: Peace, Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, Right to Self-Determination, Social Justice.


2. Armvv: A hand holds a tulip, an olive branch and a wheat flower.


3. The anthem of the torches is the official anthem of the PUK. Article 33: The Internal Rules of Procedure are the highest constitution of the organizational work of the PUK. 

Article 4: The proportion of women in all bodies from the committee to the leadership level shall be at least 20%.

Article 5:


1. The meeting of the organs of the PUK shall receive the legal quorum in the presence of an absolute majority (50 + 1).


2. Except for the articles for which a certain text determines a different percentage, voting in the organs of the PUK shall be by a simple majority of votes.


Article 2:

The Kurdistan National Union (KNU) is a social democratic party that strives to establish peace and strengthen the values ​​of freedom, democracy, citizenship, human rights,

the right to self-determination and believes in a culture of equality and tolerance.


1. Slogans: Peace, Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, Right to Self-Determination, Social Justice.

2. Armvv: A hand holds a tulip, an olive branch and a wheat flower.


3. The anthem of the torches is the official anthem of the PUK.


Article 3: The Internal Rules of Procedure are the highest constitution of the organizational work of the PUK.

Article 4:
The proportion of women in all bodies from the committee to the leadership level shall be at least 20%.

Article 5 :

1. The meeting of the organs of the PUK shall receive the legal quorum in the presence of an absolute majority (50 + 1).



Second: Membership Article

6: Anyone who believes in the program and rules of the PUK can become a member.
22.

Organization and membership shall be on the basis of geography, occupation or electoral center. 

Any member who is transferred, or changes his/her place of residence or place of employment, may request a transfer from his/her body.

Article 7: Conditions of Membership

1. Members must be at least 18 years old and every citizen from the age of 15 will be admitted to one of the organizations belonging to the PUK.

2. Submit a request in writing.

3. Follow the rules and strive to implement the program.

4. Be active in an organ of the PUK.

5. Have a good reputation and at least political and national awareness.

6. Pay the subscription.

Article 8: Rights of Members

1. Every member has the right to participate in elections and run for the bodies of the PUK within the framework of the internal rules.


2. Questions, suggestions and criticisms of any member and organ of the PUK orally or in writing on any political, organizational and financial issues through its own organs and within the framework of the PUK.


3. Every talented member in the fields of writing, art and sports has the right to request assistance and support from the PUK when necessary.


4. Every member of the PUK may request financial assistance from the PUK in case of illness, victims, disasters and unexpected events.


5. All members of the professional cadre shall be paid a monthly salary according to the nature of their work, shall be entitled to all their rights according to equal considerations and shall be retired on account of age and illness.


6. Those members who have been members for many years and have served the PUK will be respected materially and spiritually according to a special program for which the leadership committee is responsible.


7. Members have the right to defend themselves.

Article 9: Duties of Members

1. To strive faithfully for the implementation of the goals of the PUK.

2. To maintain the unity of the ranks within the PUK.

3. It should be against sectarianism, regionalism and tribalism.

4. To try to raise its political and national awareness.

5. Protect the secrets of the PUK and do not hide the truth from it.

6. Defend the program and policy of the PUK and its sovereignty.

7. Put the interests of the PUK above its own interests and put the interests of the people and the nation above all other interests.

8. Try to find friends, supporters and voters for the PUK.

9. Consider it its duty to protect the rule of law, human rights and the environment.

10. Every member shall pay a monthly membership subscription, and the Organizing Bureau shall issue regulations as to the manner of admission.

Article 10: Loss of membership and punishment of members of the PUK due to death, resignation or expulsion.

Article 11: Punishment and its types

1. Drawing attention: Committees and centers within their activities, each according to its level when necessary, may draw the attention in writing of any member who has neglected and violated the work, or has done something that deserves this punishment.


2. Suspension: If a member continues to neglect and violate after attracting attention and on the proposal of the headquarters, the organizing committee can issue a decision to suspend for (3-6) months according to the violation.


3. Demotion: After drawing attention and suspension of members for continuing violations according to the size of the violation, the headquarters proposes and the organizing committee can decide to demote.

4. Expulsion: Reasons for expulsion:

A member shall be expelled in the following cases:

1. Working against the highest interests of the people and the country.

2. Joining any other political party.

3. Working against the policy of the PUK and trying to destroy its ranks.

4. Put his own interests above the interests of the PUK.

5. Revealing the secrets of the PUK.

6. Working against the candidates and program of the PUK during the election campaigns.

7. Deviate from the rules and programs of the PUK.

8. Any member of any rank who has committed a crime of honor proven by a court decision shall be disqualified from membership.

Article 12: The decision to expel shall be issued by the Leadership Committee.

Third: Congress

Article 14: The congress is the highest authority of the PUK, which is held every three years and the next congress should be held in October


Article 15: The total number of members of the Congress shall not exceed 1,000 in any case.
 

Members of the congress consist of: Representatives of the organization shall be elected according to the proportion assigned to them.


b. Members of the Leadership Committee and Central Council.


c. Former members of the Political Bureau and Leadership Committee.


d. Members of the Bureau, Institutions and Peshmergas (19766), veteran Peshmergas, political prisoners, veteran organizations, guerrillas and disabled persons will become members without election according to the proportion determined for them.


e. The Secretary General, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint 1,200 members of the Congress.


and. At least 20% of the members of the Congress shall be women.


 g. The High Preparatory Commission will determine a number of members for the PUK faction in the Kurdistan and Iraqi parliaments, foreign countries, ministers, ambassadors, government institutions and other organizations. 

h. All other members shall be by election.

Article 16:

100 observers from various fields may be invited by the decision of the Secretary General and in consultation with the Executive Committee to consult on the affairs of the Congress, who shall not have the right to vote.

Article 17:

1. A commission called the High Commission for the Preparation of the Congress shall be established by the decision of the Leadership Committee


22. Six months prior to the Congress, the High Preparatory Commission shall, in cooperation with the Election Commission, make the necessary preparations for the Congress.


33. The High Preparatory Commission of the Electoral Agency shall be responsible for reviewing the list of elected members appointed by the Congress in accordance with the criteria specified in the Rules.


Article 18:

For any reason the congress could not be held on time, only the plenary session may postpone the congress for a period of three to six months. 

If the congress is not held during this period, the leadership will lose its legitimacy.
Article 19:

1. If more than half of the total number of members of the Congress are present, the Congress shall receive the necessary legitimacy.
22. The approval of reports and decisions in the Congress shall be by simple majority.
20 : Duties and Powers of the Congress

1. Election of the Secretary-General.
2. Election of the leadership committee and members of the central council.
3. Evaluate and approve the report of the Secretary-General.
44. Review, amend and approve the program and internal rules.
55. Evaluation of the policy of the PUK between the two congresses and deciding on a new policy to consolidate the path of the PUK.
66. To discuss such matters as the Congress deems necessary to decide.
7. Decide on complaints and motions submitted.
8. Evaluation of government affairs.
9. Issuance of final declaration.
Article 21: Extraordinary Congress

1. An extraordinary congress shall be held when an important crisis or event occurs.

2. An extraordinary congress shall be held at the request of the Secretary General or 3/44 of the members of the Leadership Committee or 3/4 of the
members of the Central Council.

3. The date of the extraordinary congress shall be determined at least one month before the congress.


4. The Extraordinary Congress shall have the same powers as the Ordinary Congress.

5. Members of the previous Ordinary Congress shall become members of the Extraordinary Congress.

Article 22: Plenum

1. A plenary session shall be held at the request of the Secretary General or two-thirds of the members of the Leadership Committee or two-thirds of the members of the Central Council . . . .

2. The participants of the Plenum shall consist of the Secretary General, the Leadership Committee, the Central Council, the members of the Bureau, the institutions and the councils of the headquarters.

3. Has all the powers of the Congress except to change the program, rules and secretary general.

4. May replace 1/3 of the members of the Leadership Committee and the Central Council.
Fourth: Composition of the Leadership Committee (Leadership Council)

Article 23:

The Leadership Committee shall consist of the Secretary General and the members of the Leadership Committee.


Article 24: Secretary-General

The Secretary-General shall be elected directly by the Congress.

Article 25: Conditions for nomination for the post of Secretary General

1. Not less than 40 years of age.

2. Have a reputation and be an expert in the world of politics and have served the people, the country and the PUK.

3. Have been a member of the PUK for at least 10 years.

Article 26: Election of the Secretary-General

1. If there is only one candidate for the post of Secretary General, he shall become Secretary General immediately.

2. If there are two or more candidates for the post, it shall be elected by an absolute majority of the members of the Congress. 

If neither of them obtains an absolute majority, the two candidates who receive the most votes shall be re-elected and the candidate who receives the most votes shall be considered the winner.

Article 27: Duties and Powers of the Secretary General

1. He is responsible for implementing the decisions and policies of the PUK.

2. It shall appoint deputies from among the members of the Leadership Committee and may give them some of its powers.

3. Recommends Board candidates to the Leadership Committee.

4. Represents the PUK in all political meetings.

5. Orders the appointment of members of the Leadership Committee and heads of agencies from their posts.

6. Responsible for implementing the decisions of the Congress and the Leadership Council.

7. Chairs the meetings of the Leadership Committee.

8. Makes statements on behalf of the PUK.

9. Appoints a member of the Leadership Committee as the spokesperson of the Leadership Committee.

10. Responsible for the regulation of financial affairs, revenue, supervision of the financial supervision agency and private agencies.

11. In the event of a unanimous vote in the Executive Committee, the party on which the Secretary-General is present shall be deemed to have a majority.

12. Supervises all Kurdish, national and inter-ethnic relations.

13. May appoint an advisory council of five members.

14. Prepares general reports for the Congress and Plenum.

Article 28:

1. In the event of the absence of the Secretary General for any reason, an extraordinary congress shall be held within two months.

2. The Deputy Secretary-General shall perform the duties of the Secretary-General until the convening of the Extraordinary Congress.

Article 29: Leadership Committee

1. The Congress shall elect the members of the Leadership Committee consisting of (50) members, including (45) members elected by the Secretary General and (5) members appointed by the Secretary General at the request of the Leadership Committee. The Congress shall also appoint five reserve members according to the order of their votes.

2. 20% of the members of the Leadership Committee shall be women.

3. The nomination of the members of the Leadership Committee shall be individual.

Article 30: The candidate for the Leadership Committee must meet the following requirements:

1. Not less than (25) years old.

2. Have a good reputation, education and political awareness at an appropriate level.

3. Did not cooperate with the previous regime.
Article 31: The

election of the members of the Leadership Committee shall be by majority vote.

Article 32: Duties and Powers of the Leadership Committee:

1. The Leadership Committee shall have the highest authority in the field of implementation of the duties of the PUK between the two congresses.

2. Implementation and follow-up of the decisions and recommendations between the two congresses.
33. Formulating public policy at the domestic and foreign levels and developing relations between the PUK and other parties.
44. Developing the necessary programs and plans for participation in the general elections and how to coalition with other parties.
55. Establish an advisory board of experts to use their skills when necessary.
6. Setting the annual budget for the offices and institutions according to the ability and needs.
7. Determine the relationship between the party and the government.
88. In addition to the above powers, the Executive Committee shall exercise the other powers conferred on it by these bylaws.
Article 33:

1. The Leadership Committee shall hold its regular meetings every two months.
22. It may hold an extraordinary meeting at the invitation of the Secretary General or at the request of at least half of the members of the Executive Committee.
Article 34:

Members of the Executive Committee may not use their authority for any business activity for material gain, or become partners in any business activity or any economic project.

Article 35:

The Leadership Council, by two-thirds of its members’ votes, may suspend any member who violates the internal rules of the PUK and the rules of procedure of the Leadership Council.

Article 36: Political Bureau

1. Composition: The Political Bureau shall consist of 9-11 members of the Leadership Committee nominated by the Secretary General and voted for by the Leadership Committee. 

2. Duties and Powers:
 

a. Implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the Leadership Committee between two meetings.
 

b. Supervising and guiding the party organs, planning for the development and evaluation of the organs in terms of organizational, political, intellectual and popular.

c. Developing relations between the PUK and other parties.

d. A secretariat of (77) people under the supervision of a member of the leadership to follow the work, positions and decisions of the Political Bureau and organs (YNK) consists.

3. Executive Board

a. The Secretary General shall appoint 33 members of the Political Bureau to form the Executive Committee, one of whom shall be responsible for implementing and monitoring the decisions of the Political Bureau and carrying out the daily work of the Political Bureau.

b. The administrator shall not hold any other position.

Fifth: Central Council

Article 37:

1. The Central Council shall consist of 101 members, of whom 81 shall be elected and 20 shall be appointed by the Secretary General, taking into account the different regions and criteria of different personalities, expertise and expertise.

2. The proportion of women in the Central Council shall not be less than 20%.

3. The Central Council shall elect a secretary, two deputies and a decision-maker from among its members.

4. The age of the Secretary of the Central Council shall not be less than 40 years.

5. The age of the members of the center should not be less than (25) years.
66. The secretary and the secretariat of the central council shall not hold any other position.
77. Members of the Central Council shall not be responsible or work in any other organ or institution of the PUK.
Article 38:

The Secretary of the Central Council shall have direct organic contact with the Secretary General and may participate in the meetings of the Political Bureau at the request of the Secretary General.

Article 39:

1. It shall have the duty to monitor the operation of the bodies and to issue special rules for how to organize its affairs.

2. Sets its own rules of procedure.

3. No member shall become a member of the Bureau without the approval of the Central Council.

4. By a majority vote, it may suspend or dismiss any member of the Bureau when necessary.

Every member of the Central Council, within the framework of the rules of procedure of the Council, shall have full freedom of expression in view of their opinions and shall not bear any responsibility in the Council.

Article 41:

1. In case of violation of the internal rules of the PUK and the rules of procedure of the central council, the secretary and members of the secretariat and any member of the central council shall be suspended from the council by a two-thirds majority.

2. In the event of a vacancy in the number of members of the Central Council, the vacancies shall be filled by a majority of the votes cast at the Congress.
Article 42:

The following commissions shall be subordinate to the Central Council and shall report periodically.

1. Human Rights Commission.

2. Integrity Commission.

3. Complaints and Investigation Commission.

4. Internal Rules Commission.

5. The Central Council may establish expert commissions as necessary.

Article 43:

The Human Rights Commission consists of five to seven members and is responsible for monitoring the abuse of office for private interests and uses the monitoring and financial reports and the committee of inquiry.

Article 45: The

Complaints and Investigation Commission shall consist of three (3) competent legal members and its duties shall be:

1. To resolve and decide on the problems and complaints of the members.

2. Investigate and make decisions on issues raised by the Leadership Committee, or the Central Council, or as offices and agencies.

Article 46: The Rules of Procedure Commission shall consist of five members of the Central Council and its duties shall include:

1. Monitoring the degree of compatibility of the decisions and rules followed with the articles of the Rules of Procedure of the PUK.

2. Undertakes the analysis of the bylaws.

3. Write the proposed draft rules for the next congress.

4. Monitoring the affairs of the bodies and following up their work and investigating their shortcomings.

Sixth: Bureaus and Agencies

Article 47: Bureaus and Agencies

1. The Bureau of Organization.

2. Bureau of Finance and Public Administration.

3. Financial Supervision Agency.

4. Bureau of Democratic Organizations.

5. Martyrs’ Office.

6. Peshmerga and Veterans Service Agency.

7. Bureau of Public Relations.

8. Electoral Agency.

9. Press Bureau.

10. Monitoring and Follow-up Bureau.

11. Social Bureau.

12. Cadre Awareness and Training Academy.

Article 48:

1. The heads of the offices and institutions shall be members of the leadership committee.

2. The head of the bureau shall appoint one of the members of the bureaus as an assistant to assist him when necessary.

3. The officials of the offices and institutions shall not have any other work.

4. The officials of the offices and institutions are responsible to the Executive Board.

5. Each office and agency shall establish its own projects and rules of procedure that are in accordance with the internal rules and regulations shall be approved by the Central Council.

6. Each bureau and institution shall hold an annual conference to discuss its functions and to draw up appropriate plans for the development of its institutions.

7. If the head of a bureau or agency resigns and his resignation is approved, his assistant shall conduct the work until the leadership committee appoints a new head of the bureau or agency. 8. Each office and institution may form a council. 9. Each school may appoint advisors when necessary.

Article 49:

1. The Bureau or Agency shall consist of several members nominated by the Head of the Bureau according to their fields of expertise.

2. The nomination of any member for the post of member of the Bureau or Agency shall be in writing, which shall be submitted to the Central Council for approval.

3. Where the Central Council rejects the nomination, the Bureau or Agency may repeat the application.

4. If the council rejects the request for the second time, the decision of the council shall be final.

Article 50:

1. The Organization Bureau is the highest organizing authority and is responsible for managing the organizing bodies and setting the general plan of the organization. It consists of nine members, including two women.

2. The organs of the Organizational Bureau are (headquarters, committee, sector or geographical circle) and any other organs that the Organizational Bureau deems necessary.

3. The departments of the Organization Bureau consist of organization, monitoring and evaluation, statistics, management and finance, media and intellectuals.

Article 51: Duties and Powers

1. Directly lead the organizations in terms of organizational, political and mass activities.

2. Evaluate the arrangements in all aspects.

3. Recommending the opening of new headquarters and the merger of headquarters to the leadership committee.

4. Issuing necessary guidelines on how to form committees, sectors and circles or any other necessary bodies.

5. Classification of members according to their ranks and duties.

Article 52: Headquarters

Council 1. The Headquarters Council is the highest authority in the headquarters and is responsible for implementing the general plan of organization and activities of the PUK.

2. The council consists of the head, deputies, administrators and head of the committee.

3. The head of the headquarters is responsible for managing the organizational affairs within the authority of the headquarters and setting the necessary programs to advance the tasks of the headquarters in organizational, political, intellectual, mass and intellectual.

4. The headquarters shall represent the PUK within its activities.

5. The Executive Committee shall consist of (7) members and (22) of them shall be women.

6. The headquarters shall consist of the following departments (organization, supervision, evaluation, management and finance, statistics, communications, intellectuals and media. 

7. The headquarters may propose the opening of new committees and sectors for the organizing bureau Or in several circles and its duty is to supervise the activities of the PUK within its borders.

8. The committee may propose the opening of new sectors and circles for the headquarters.

9. The committee council shall consist of one head, two administrators and heads of sectors or circles appointed by election.

Article 54: Bureau of Finance and General Administration

1. The Bureau of Finance and General Administration shall consist of seven members and shall supervise the administrative, financial and economic affairs of the PUK.

2. It is responsible for establishing and developing economic projects and sources of income for the PUK.
33. He must be aware of all income and expenditure of the PUK inside and outside the country.
44. In December, it shall submit its annual report to the Secretary-General and a copy thereof to the Executive Committee.
Article 55: Financial Supervisory Authority

1. The Financial Supervision Agency shall consist of seven members, including its head, who are experts in this field.

2. Monitors the revenues and expenditures of all organs, offices and institutions of the PUK.

3. He shall have direct contact with the Secretary General of the PUK.

4. Submit seasonal and annual reports to the Secretary-General.

Article 56: Bureau of Democratic Organizations

1. The Bureau of Democratic Organizations consists of (7) members. 

2. It shall be responsible for supervising professional and democratic organizations. 

3. Coordination with organizations, trade unions and NGOs builds civil society institutions. 

4. It shall form a council called the Council of Organizations from among the members of the Bureau of Democratic Organizations and the heads of professional organizations and democratic centers. It shall meet every three months under the supervision of the head of the Bureau.

5. Within the geographical boundaries of the branches of the organizations, which shall not be less than (6) branches, shall constitute the center of democratic organizations.

6. The center shall establish full democratic coordination with the headquarters and committees.

Article 57: Martyrs’ Bureau

1. The Martyrs’ Bureau shall consist of seven members.

2. It is the duty to supervise the affairs related to the martyrs.

3. It is the duty to ensure the rights of martyrs, according to the laws and regulations determined in the institutions of the PUK and the government.

4. It shall draw up programs to preserve the sovereignty and memory of the martyrs and record the history of their struggle and shall plan their implementation.

5. Opens a special department to supervise the affairs and needs of the descendants of the martyrs, which will be supervised by the descendants of the martyrs themselves.

Article 58: Peshmerga and Veterans

Service Agency

1. The Peshmerga and Veterans Service Agency shall consist of (5-7) members.

2. Providing necessary and worthy services and honors to the Peshmerga, veteran organizations and political prisoners.

3. Follow up their demands regarding the provision and implementation of their rights in accordance with laws and guidelines and respect for equality.

4. Defending their sovereignty and the fruits of their struggle.

5. Peshmergas and veterans, by virtue of their struggle in any institution, have the right to defend themselves through this institution in case of violation of their legal rights.

Article 59: Public Relations Bureau

1. The Public Relations Bureau shall consist of nine members.
22. The Relations Bureau shall be responsible for organizing and developing the relations of the PUK with the political parties of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and foreign countries.
33. It consists of several departments, each headed by a member of the Bureau.
Article 60: The electoral body

1. The Election Commission shall consist of 5-7 members and shall prepare and supervise the elections at all stages, including the preparation of voter and candidate lists, the announcement of the principles and rules of the election campaigns, the organization of the voting process Complaints and announcement of election results.

2. The Election Commission shall supervise all elections referred to in the Iraqi Constitution and the electoral laws of the Iraqi and Kurdistan Parliaments, including all internal elections of the PUK and democratic organizations at all stages.

3. The Election Commission shall determine in its rules of procedure the departments and duties of the Election Commission approved by the Congress.

Article 61:

The Leadership Committee must provide all the technical and financial requirements for the work of the electoral agency and provide all the training requirements inside and outside the country for the training of the cadres of this agency.

Article 62: Press Bureau

1. The Press Bureau shall consist of seven members.

2. The Press Bureau shall be responsible for conveying the views of the PUK and spreading the culture of tolerance, human rights and democracy, in a way that promotes the spirit of unity, patriotism, citizenship and stability through the media . . . .

3. Supervises the central media agencies.

4. It justifies the differences between the PUK and other parties in public opinion.

5. It clarifies the social justice strategy.

Article 63: Monitoring and Follow-up Bureau

1. The Monitoring and Follow-up Bureau shall consist of seven members.

2. It shall be responsible for monitoring the affairs of the bodies and following up their work.

3. Investigates the shortcomings of the bodies, prepares reports thereon and submits them to the Leadership Committee.

Article 64: Social Bureau

1. The Social Bureau shall consist of 5-7 members and one member of the Leadership Committee shall be in charge.

2. It shall strive to solve social problems and strengthen relations between different sections of society, provided that the rule of law is enforced and any violation of the principles of law is prevented.

Article 65: Academy of Cadre Awareness and Training

Structure and duties of the Academy of Cadre Awareness and Training:

1. This academy shall consist of several qualified and expert cadres as required.

2. Opening courses in various fields for PUK cadres inside and outside the country.

3. Organizing the archive and documenting the history of the PUK.

4. Publishing an intellectual journal.

5. Paying attention to contemporary research, thought and culture and organizing conferences.

6. Preparing occasional research on regional, world events and trends of domestic public opinion for the members of the leadership committee and bodies An appropriate structure within the next six months, taking into account cities, districts, isolated areas and other places.

Article 67:

Any decision or provision of the decisions of the previous bodies, offices and agencies that is not in accordance with this regulation shall not be enforced.

Article 68:

This program and bylaws shall be implemented as approved by the Third Congress.

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