Article 13

STATE CONGRESS

1. In the first twelve (12) years of the Party, considered as the growing years of the Party, a State where there are not less than sixty (60) KOWA registered members the NEC shall convene a State Congress after a written request by the members of that state to the NEC.

2. A Special State Congress may be summoned at any time by the SEC, to consider only those proposals that are submitted to it by the SEC or as directed by the NEC.

Duties and Powers of State Congress
3. The State Congress shall nominate candidates for Public Office at the State level, adopt a platform for the State and act upon other such matters as it deems appropriate

4. They shall also elect all members of the SEC and one delegate from each senatorial zone to the national convention.
a. The process for election of members unto the SEC shall be in accordance with the guidelines given by the NEC.

5. The first business of the State Congress shall be to confirm the agenda or order of proceedings that would govern the conduct of its business and until the same is confirmed, the Congress and the activities attendant thereto shall be governed by the order of proceedings proposed by the SEC in the Call to the State Congress.

6. Further, the State Congress shall:
a. Receive and discuss the reports of the SEC which shall include the Chairperson’s address, the State Secretary’s report, which shall include a report on the work and activities of the Party, including Party Caucuses, and the Treasurer Report

b. Have the right and power to review, ratify, alter or rescind any decision taken by any of the constituent bodies, units or officials of the Party at the State level.

c. Debate, set the general direction of and formally adopt the policy of the Party at the State level. Every State Party member shall abide by the decisions of the State Party Congress.

7. The State Congress shall consist of the following members of the Party:
a. All registered members of the Party in the state where congress has not been previously held

b. All members of the State Executive Committee

c. The Governor and Deputy Governor of the State

d. The Speaker of the House of Assembly

e. All Members of the House of Assembly

f. All Local Government Party Chairpersons and Secretaries

g. State Caucus leaders

8. The SEC has the power to appoint a Congress Organizing Committee which will circulate convention information in advance, and indicate how the membership can then ensure their concerns are on the agenda.

9. Voting on key questions shall be by secret ballot unless at least two-thirds of the delegates at State Congress agree to a vote by show of hands or otherwise.