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APDSC CONSITUTION


Article 01: NAME


1.1. The organisation shall be known as KONFEDERASI SUKAN PEKAK ASIA PASIFIK (ASIA PACIFIC DEAF SPORTS CONFEDERATION), which is hereinafter referred to by its approved abbreviation 'APDSC'.


1.2. The APDSC was founded on 27th March 1988 in Melbourne, Australia.


1.3. The APDSC is one of regional confederations recognised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) with specific responsibilities to Asia and the Pacific.


1.4. The APDSC is an international non-governmental not-for-profit Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Organisation recognised the ICSD of unlimited duration.


1.5. The APDSC shall consist of National Deaf Sports Associations on the region of Asia and the Pacific, which are affiliated to and recognized by ICSD. Only one Association in each Asia Pacific country shall be accepted by the APDSC, unless otherwise directed by the ICSD.


1.6. The APDSC shall include all the countries of Asia and the Pacific, with its geographical boundaries being determined by ICSD. The SIX (6) SUB-REGIONS being East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and Pacific.


1.7. The APDSC is an association registered under Section 7 of the Societies Act 1966 of the laws of Malaysia.


Article 02: OFFICIAL ADDRESS


2.1. The head office of the APDSC shall be its Secretariat and located at:


ASIA PACIFIC DEAF SPORTS CONFEDERATION

85, Jalan Jublee Perak,

01000 Kangar, Perlis,

Malaysia.


2.2. The above address shall not be changed without the prior approval of Executive Committee and shall take effect only from the date of its approval by the Registry of the Societies of Malaysia.


Article 03: LOGO


3.1. The design for the Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Confederation has the word AP in the middle, and a hand sign underneath it.


3.2. The word AP stands for Asia Pacific.


3.3. The P in the word AP is a light bulb, and this symbolizes deaf athletes' high Deaflympics standards and performance.


3.4. The logo is in blue colour which displays development and progress of Deaf athletes throughout Asia and the Pacific.


3.5. The hand sign means 'sports' in sign language.


3.6. The logo connects us through "EQUALITY THROUGH SPORTS" as in the ideals of the Deaflympics Movement.


Article 04: GENERAL OBJECTIVES


4.1. To support the aims and objectives of the ICSD.


4.2. To promote sports for Deaf athletes within Asia Pacific Region, without discrimination for political, religious, economic, racial, gender, disability or sexual orientation reasons.


4.3. To promote the organisation and development of Deaf sports in Asia Pacific countries.


4.4. To award monitor and coordinate the Asia Pacific Deaf Games and APDSC Championships.


4.5. To cooperate, collaborate with the ICSD or any other agency to ensure the achievements of the above objectives.


4.6. To ensure audited account and all reports including expenditure account for the previous year shall submit to the Registry of Societies of Malaysia together with other reports.


4.7. To organise any welfare works or any business in order to increase the fund of the APDSC, and with the laws of the country.


4.8. To establish business organisation and shall own properties with condition that all profits shall be put in its fund.


4.9. To liaise, in pursuance of these aims and objectives and principles, with Asia and the Pacific organisations and institutions such as, but not limited to;


4.9.1. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA);

4.9.2. The Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC);

4.9.3. The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC);

4.9.4. The Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC);

4.9.5. The Asia Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ANGSO);

4.9.6. The Ocean Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ONGSO);

4.9.7. The Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SPAP);

4.9.8. The Social Development Division (SDD) of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP);

4.9.9. The Social Development Division (SDD) of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Western Asia (ESCWA);

4.9.10. The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP).


4.10. To do all things necessary or convenient to achieve or further any of these objectives.

Article 05: MEMBERSHIPS


There shall be FIVE (5) CATEGORIES OF MEMBERS: Full Members, Provisional Members, Regional Federations, Associate Members and Honorary Life Members.


5.1. Full Members.


5.1.1. A Full Member shall consist of a National Deaf Sports Association, which was either present as a Founding Member at the inaugural Congress or was admitted for full membership by the Congress in accordance with Article 5.1.2.


5.1.2. A National Deaf Sports Association may apply for Full Membership if it is:


5.1.3. A registered or recognised self-governing organisation of deaf sports in its country having a deaf president and a majority of deaf members holding Executive positions;


5.1.4. Certified or is otherwise accepted by the National Olympic Committee in that country or, if there is no such body, the national governing body for sports in that country as the sole or a representative national organisation of deaf sports in that country; and is


5.1.5. Incorporated or has a constitution with appropriate aims, Objectives and purposes consistent with the intent and spirit of this Constitution, which shall be reviewed each time changes are made.


5.2. Provisional Members.


This membership will be given to those countries that fulfil the requirements pointed out in the previous articles of full right and for their characteristics regarding their population level, their competitive level and their formation process. They are recognized by their enrolment to the fitting regional confederations to help with their evolution and development within a five-year period to be recognized with full rights.


5.2.1. Those appointed countries could participate in events organized and guaranteed by the APDSC during their continuance in promotion to help with the development of the Asia and Pacific countries.


5.3. Regional Federations.


5.3.1. The following regional federations are recognised by APDSC:


A) Central Asia

B) East Asia

C) South Asia

D) South East Asia

E) West Asia

F) Pacific


Provided their statutes comply with the conditions in 5.3.2.


TOTAL: 34 Full Member Deaf Sports Associations.


5.3.2. The Constitution of Regional federations must be reviewed by the Executive Committee to ensure that it is not in conflict with that of APDSC. Any change must be submitted to APDSC for approval.


5.3.3. APDSC Sanction of Championships.


5.3.4. Regional Federations must, before announcing dates and place for Championships, seek sanction by APDSC. The APDSC sanction shall include the following approvals:


 Dates for the Championships.

 Competition programmes.

 Doping control organization.

 Any modifications of the APDSC rules and requirements.


The approval shall include the conditions and requirements in accordance with the APDSC Rules and Regulations. All competitors must comply with APDSC eligibility rules.


5.4. Associate Members.


5.4.1. An Associate Member shall consist of an Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Federation responsible only for the technical aspect of ONE (1) SPORT and shall be in pursuance with the Objectives and principles of relevant Sport Accord recognised international sports bodies with aims, objectives and purposes consistent with this Constitution. Athletes shall first become members of a national deaf sports federation prior to participating in events organized by Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Federations.


5.5. Honorary Life Members.


5.5.1. Subject to ratification at the next following Congress, Honorary Life Membership may be conferred by the Executive Committee on any person whom the Executive Committee and / or Full Members wish to acknowledge as having rendered meritorious services to APDSC.


5.5.2. They shall be nominated by the Executive Committee.


5.5.3. An honorary member shall be permitted to attend the congress with the right to join in discussions, but not to vote.


5.5.4. An Honorary Member is invited to attend the Asia Pacific Deaf Games as guest of the APDSC and the Organising Committee shall bear the accommodation expenses while travel expenses may be borne by his / her national association.


Article 06: ENTRANCES FEES, SUBSCRIPTIONS AND DUES

6.1. The entrance fee and subscription payable shall be as follows: -


6.2. Each Full Member annual subscription structure shall be based on (FOUR) 4 CATEGORIES:


We use the World Bank as our resource to determine which of our Member Countries belong in each of those categories with some modifications. The World Bank looks at the average net income of the individuals of the person living in his / her country, which reflects the fees more accurately.


6.3 Annual subscriptions go by the calendar year and are payable to the Treasurer in advance by the 31st March in that year.


6.4 Within the month of April, the Treasurer shall send written reminders to members who have not paid.


6.5 If they do not pay by the end of that year, they shall temporarily lose the right to attend Congress until they have settled all arrears due, and the Secretary General shall so notify them in writing.


6.6 Members who fail to pay their subscriptions for two consecutive year shall cease to be members at the end of the second year, and Secretary General shall so notify them in writing and


6.7 A member which has been struck off as in 6.6 and later wishes to re-join must submit a fresh application for membership.


6.8 Special subscriptions or levies for particular purposes may be raised from members by resolution of the general meeting of the Society. If any member fails to pay such subscription within such period as may be resolved, the amount due shall be treated in the same way as arrears of monthly subscription.


Article 07: RESIGNATION AND TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP


7.1. National Deaf Sports Associations wishes to resign from the APDSC must notify such resignation to the APDSC by registered letter. This intention of resignation shall be recognized, however, only if it is confirmed within A PERIOD OF THREE (3) MONTHS, by a further registered letter. Until this second letter is received, the Association concerned shall not be considered as having ceased to be a member of the APDSC.


7.2. A National Deaf Sports Association, whose intention of resignation has been recognized, loses its status as member and all privileges conferred by the APDSC.


7.3. A request for resignation can only be accepted when the Association has fulfilled its financial obligations towards the APDSC.


7.4. Any member who fails to comply with the rules of the APDSC or has acted in a manner to bring disrepute upon the APDSC may be expelled or suspended for a period of time as the Executive Committee deems fit. Before the Executive Committee expels or suspends the member, the member shall be informed of the grounds for such expulsion or suspension in writing and be given an opportunity to explain and clear himself in person. Such suspension or expulsion shall be enforced, unless otherwise reversed by a Congress upon appeal by the said member.


Article 08: GENERAL MEETING


8.1. The APDSC shall consist of Ordinary Congress, Extraordinary Congress, Executive Committee and General Secretariat.


8.1.1. The Congress is the supreme and legislative body of the APDSC.


8.1.2. The Executive Committee is the Executive body of the APDSC.


8.1.3. The General Secretariat is the administrative body of the APDSC.


8.2. Ordinary Congress.


8.2.1. The Ordinary Congress, the supreme body of the APDSC shall be held EVERY TWO (2) YEARS in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Deaf Games and the APDSC Championship.


8.2.2. Each member Association shall be entitled to ONE (1) VOTE and may be represented by TWO (2) DELEGATES.


8.2.3. Only delegates who are deaf and can sign in international sign language may represent Members.


8.2.4. The names of the delegates must be sent to the Secretary General within TWO (2) MONTHS before the opening of the Congress.


8.2.5. Only the delegates present and entitled to vote shall decide any question put to vote.


8.2.6. No delegates shall be allowed to represent MORE THAN ONE (1) ASSOCIATION.


8.2.7. Vote by letter or proxy is not allowed.


8.2.8. Delegates to Congress must be "bona fide" members of the affiliated Association they represent and be subjects of the country represented by the Association.


8.2.9. The date and place of the Congress must be notified to all affiliated Association AT LEAST SIX (6) MONTHS IN ADVANCE.


8.2.10. The agenda, specifying the nature of business to be transacted, the report of the Secretary General, the balance sheet and the auditor's report must be sent to the Association by registered letter and posted AT LEAST TWO (2) MONTHS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE CONGRESS.


8.2.11. All proposals and questions to be submitted to Congress by affiliated Association must be sent to the Secretary General of the APDSC, NOT LATER THAN FOUR (4) MONTHS before the month in which the aforesaid Congress is to be held. Only those items included in the Agenda may be discussed.


8.2.12. In case of urgency, Congress may deal with matters submitted after the above closing date, provided it is agreed upon by three - fourths of the member of votes recorded.


8.2.13. The Agenda of the Congress shall include the following items:


8.2.13.1. An Address by the President;

8.2.13.2. Appointment of three scrutinisers;

8.2.13.3. Confirmation of the Minutes of the preceding Congress;

8.2.13.4. Approving the General Secretary’s activity report;

8.2.13.5. Approving the financial statements and the budget;

8.2.13.6. Adopting or amending the Statutes and Regulations;

8.2.13.7. Report from the preceding Asia Pacific Deaf Games;

8.2.13.8. Report from the Organiser of the coming Asia Pacific Deaf Games;

8.2.13.9. Designation of place for the following Games;

8.2.13.10. Elections of the Executive Committee;

8.2.13.11. Appointment of External Auditors (if applicable);

8.2.13.12. Date and venue of future meeting / Congress;

8.2.13.13. Consider and act upon proposals submitted by a Member or the

8.2.13.14. Executive Committee in accordance with these Statutes.


8.2.14. Voting's shall either be by secret ballot or by show of hands.


8.2.15. Decisions taken at a Congress shall become legally operative for the APDSC and affiliated association after the closing date of the Congress.


8.3. Extraordinary Congress.


8.3.1. An Extraordinary Congress may be convened:


8.3.1.1. by the Executive Committee whenever deemed necessary;


8.3.1.2. in the event the office of the President falls vacant for more than ONE (1) YEAR OF HIS ELECTION;


8.3.1.3. upon a written request by at least ONE THIRD (1/3) OF THE MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS within SIXTY (60) DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF THE WRITTEN REQUEST.


8.3.2. The date and venue shall be determined by the Executive Committee and notified to the Member Associations AT LEAST THIRTY (30) DAYS BEFORE THE EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS.


8.3.3. When an Extraordinary Congress is convened on the initiative of the Executive Committee, it must draw up the agenda. When an Extraordinary Congress is convened upon the request of Member Associations, the agenda must contain the points raised by those Members.


8.3.4. The agenda of an Extraordinary Congress may not be altered. Extraordinary Congress shall discuss only the items for which it has been convened.


8.3.5. Extraordinary Congress shall be conducted in the same manner as the Ordinary Congress.


Article 09: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


9.1. The Executive Committee of the APDSC shall consist of SEVEN (7) MEMBERS:


9.1.1. ONE (1) President;

9.1.2. ONE (1) Vice-President;

9.1.3. ONE (1) Secretary General;

9.1.4. ONE (1) Treasurer;

9.1.5. THREE (3) Board Member.


9.2. All members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by Association entitled to vote at the Congress.


9.3. All members of the Executive Committee must be deaf, able to use international sign language and to be a member of their National Deaf Sports Association.


9.4. Members of the Executive Committee are representatives of the APDSC and ICSD. They must not accept from governments, or from any organisations or individuals, instructions which shall in any way bind them or interfere with the independence of their vote.


9.5. TWO (2) MEMBERS of the same National Deaf Sports Association may not be members of the Executive Committee.


9.6. The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected for FOUR (4) YEARS term.


9.7. The Executive Committee shall meet AT LEAST TWO (2) TIMES A YEAR.


9.8. The retiring Members of the Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election only if nominated by their National Association


9.9. The office of the Members of the Executive Committee begins and expires at the end of the Congress at which the election has taken place.


9.10. The Executive Committee chooses, from among its members, those who appear to be the most capable for the various offices of the Executive Committee.


9.11. The names of candidates for the Executive Committee of the APDSC may be submitted by any Member Association and must reach the General Secretary THREE (3) MONTHS BEFORE THE OPENING DEAF OF THE CONGRESS with a Curriculum Vitae or resume.


9.12. If any other Members of the Executive Committee ceases to carry to his duties, his place remains vacant until the next Congress which shall elect his successor for the time of his office.


9.13. During their term of office Executive Committee will not be eligible to act as delegates of their Association.


9.14. Executive Committee shall meet once a year at a place that agreed by them. Member can write to Secretary General application to host the Executive Committee Meeting. The notice of the agenda for the meeting shall be sent to all its Executive Committee 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.


9.15. The expenses for holding the Executive Committee meeting shall be bound by the hosting country.


9.16. The travel expenses of Executive Committee attending meeting shall be bound by his / her National Organisation.


9.17. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the APDSC and shall have complete power to make appropriate decisions.


9.18. The Executive Committee may establish any of the following Commissions, which shall be responsible to the Congress:


9.18.1. Anti-Doping, Audiological and Medical Commission.

9.18.2. Appeals, Disciplinary and Legal Commission.

9.18.3. Development, Education and Training Commission.

9.18.4. Finance, Marketing and Sponsorship Commission.

9.18.5. Regional Federation Commission.

9.18.6. Technical and Recognition Commission.

9.18.7. Such additional commissions as the Executive Committee may deem necessary.


Article 10: DUTIES OF OFFICE-BEARERS


10.1. President.


10.1.1. The President shall be the legal representative of the APDSC.


10.1.2. The President shall preside at the Congress, the Extraordinary Congress, the Executive Committee meetings and other Committee meetings of which he is Chairman.


10.1.3. In the event of APDSC being involved in a court case, the Executive Committee will appoint a legal representative to liaise with the President.


10.1.4. The President is allowed to take certain initiatives or decisions, but these must be submitted for ratification by the Executive Committee at its next meeting.


10.1.5. The President shall vote, when voting is equal, shall give the casting vote.


10.1.6. The President shall, in conjunction with the Secretary and Treasurer sign all cheques on behalf of the APDSC.


10.2. Vice-President.


10.2.1. To assist the President in his duties and to deputise for him in his absence.


10.3. Secretary General.


10.3.1. The Secretary General shall be the head of the Secretariat of the APDSC.


10.3.2. The Secretary General shall conduct the business of the APDSC in accordance with the rules, and shall carry out the instructions of the Congress and the meetings of the Executive Committee and shall be responsible for conducting all correspondence and keeping all books, documents and paper except the accounts and financial records.


10.3.3. The Secretary General shall act as the link between the APDSC, the Full Member National Association, the Regional Federations, and the Organising Committee of the Asia Pacific Deaf Games and APDSC Championship.


10.3.4. The Secretary General shall be responsible to the Executive Committee for his / her administration and the appointment and work of the staff of the Secretariat.


10.3.5. The Secretary General shall in conjunction with the President and the Treasurer, sign all cheques on behalf of APDSC.


10.3.6. The Secretary General shall file annual returns within SIXTY (60) DAYS from the date of the annual general meeting to the Registrar of Societies.


10.4 Treasurer.


10.4.1. The Treasurer shall be the head of the treasury of the APDSC.


10.4.2. The Treasurer shall be responsible for keeping the accounts and liaising with the Accountants.


10.4.3. The Treasurer shall be responsible to the Executive Committee for finances and the appointment and work of the staff of the Treasury.


10.4.4. The Treasurer shall in conjunction with the President and the Secretary General sign all cheques on behalf of the APDSC.


10.5. Board Member.


10.5.1. The Board Member, without specific roles, will undertake duties as seen fit by the Executive Committee, to support APDSC in achieving their objectives.


10.6. Commissions.


10.6.1. The Executive Committee shall have the right to appoint members for any Commission.


10.6.2. The majority of the Commission members shall be deaf.


10.6.3. Copies of all minutes of meetings and records shall be forwarded to the Secretary General as soon as is practicable.


10.6.4. Each Commission shall at the completion of every calendar year furnish to the Executive Committee a report detailing the year's activities


Article 11: FINANCIAL PROVISIONS


11.1. There shall be THREE (3) MAIN FUNDS for the APDSC:


11.1.1. Operations Fund - for the meetings of the Congress, meetings of the Executive Committee and the Commissions, as well as the salaries, remuneration and administration of the Secretariat.


11.1.2. Games Fund - to organise the APDG and APDSC Championship.


11.1.3. Project Fund - to organise special projects such as technical, leadership, management courses; coaching and development clinics; seminars, workshops, conferences, research projects, exchange programs, etc.


11.2. Sources of funds to be acquired are from:


11.2.1. Annual membership fees of members and any levies on members.


11.2.2. Rights Fee paid by the hosting city of the APDG prior to the Games.


11.2.3. Grants from the Governments.


11.2.4. Corporate Sponsors and Fund-raising activities.


11.2.5. Donations and other funding resources approved by law.


11.3. All funds acquired are to be utilized solely to meet the aims and objectives of the APDSC and their member organisations. A certain percentage of the fund acquired shall be allocated to establish a trust fund to meet the operating expenses of the APDSC Secretariat.


11.4. The signatories to all payment cheques are the Treasurer and the President. The Secretary-General will be the alternative signatory in the absence of the President. In the absence of the President, the Secretary General or the Treasurer for a long period, the Executive Committee shall appoint one of its members to sign in his place.


11.5. Expenditures less than US$10,000 (US DOLLAR TEN THOUSAND ONLY) can be approved by the President in consultation with the Secretary General and the Treasurer; whereas any expenditure of US$10,000 and above, but below US$50,000 (US DOLLAR FIFTY THOUSAND ONLY) shall be approved by the Executive Committee. Any expenditure of/and above the amount of US$50,000 shall only be approved by the Congress.


11.6. The Treasurer can maintain a petty cash of not more than US$1,000 (US ONE THOUSAND ONLY) at any one time for any incidental expenditures. All money in excess of this sum shall within SEVEN (7) DAYS OF RECEIPT be deposited in a bank approved by the Executive Committee.


11.7. The bank account shall be in the full name of the APDSC.


11.8. All financial transactions and accounts are to be recorded and kept by the Treasurer and audited every year, and be reported to the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Congress. Copies of the audited statements and balance sheet are to be made available to member organisations as and when required.


11.19. The APDSC's fiscal year shall be from 1ST JANUARY TO 31ST DECEMBER.


Article 12: EXTERNAL AUDITORS, PATRONS AND ADVISERS


12.1. The Executive Committee shall recommend a firm of independent External Auditors for a Term of FOUR (4) YEARS FOR APPROVAL by the Congress.


12.2. The External Auditors shall be required to audit the accounts of the APDSC for the year, and to prepare a report or certificate for the Congress. They may also be required by the President to audit the accounts of the APDSC for any period within their tenure of office, at any date, and to make a report to the Executive Committee.


12.3. The Congress may on the advice of the Executive Committee invite such persons as it deems fit to become Patrons of the APDSC


12.4. The Executive Committee shall invite such persons as it thinks fit to be Advisers to the APDSC on particular subjects or projects. They will attend and speak at Congress and meetings of the Executive Committee whenever appropriate, but may not vote or hold office.


Article 13: PENALTIES


13.1. Disciplinary measures may be imposed on National Deaf Sports Association which have violated the Constitution or Regulations, or which have failed to perform their duties to the APDSC.


13.2. The disciplinary measures of the APDSC which may be enforced are:


13.3. Caution;

13.4. Final Warning;

13.5. Fine;

13.6. Suspension;

13.7. Cancellation of the membership.


13.8. The Congress shall have authority to impose fines not exceeding US$500.00 (US DOLLAR FIVE HUNDRED ONLY) the Executive Committee fines not exceeding US$250 (US DOLLAR TWO HUNDRED FIFTY ONLY).


13.9. The Executive Committee will decide which disciplinary measures will be imposed and this decision will be enforced immediately. Decisions made will be reported at the next congress.


13.10. Associations under suspension shall not vote at the Congress or have sports relations with other members.


Article 14: INDIVIDUAL SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS


14.1. National Deaf Sports Association in membership with the APDSC must recognize one another's suspensions and expulsions from membership without questioning the reason for them.


14.2. The APDSC, therefore, as representative of all the Associations, is bound mainly by this Article regarding the appointment of members to its committees and Technical officials.


14.3. Suspensions and expulsions may be imposed by the Executive Committee for:


14.4. Ethical reasons.

14.5. Disciplinary reasons.

14.6. Violations of audiological tests.

14.7. Violations of drug tests.


14.8. Disciplinary suspensions and expulsions may as a rule follow guideline from the ICSD or the International Federations concerned.


Article 15: INTERPRETATION


15.1. The Congress together with the Executive Committee shall be eligible to provide interpretations to the Constitution and By-laws and where necessary to decide on issues or matters not included in the Constitution and By-laws.


15.2. With the exception of any issue or matters that do not contradict the policies of the Federation, the derision of the Executive Committee is final, until and unless overruled by the Board upon an appeal.


Article 16: PROHIBITIONS


16.1. All forms of illicit drugs, psychotropic pills, and unhealthy characters are not allowed into the premises of the head office and properties of the APDSC.


16.2. All games of chance, including dice and unhealthy video games are not allowed to be played within the premises of the office and properties of the APDSC.


16.3. The APDSC is not allowed to run any form of lottery either for the APDSC or its member organisations under the name of the APDSC or any of its Bureaus or Committee without the approval of relevant government authorities.


16.4. The APDSC is not allowed to use its influence on any issue or matters relating to trade practices, prices of goods, and in any trade union activities.


16.5. The APDSC is also not allowed to involve itself in any political activities or political parties, be affiliated to or having any close relations with any political parties, as well as using the name of the APDSC in any political issues. In the event such an incident occurs, the officials and member organisations can be subjected to impeachment, suspension, or disciplinary action as deemed fit.


Article 17: AMENDMENTS OF CONSTITUTION


17.1. Congress alone can amend or alter the Constitution of the Congress.


17.2. A proposed alteration to the Constitution may be put to vote only if it has been submitted by a National Deaf Sports Association.


17.3. In order to be able to obtain a decision on an alteration to the Constitution, a Congress must be attended by A QUORUM OF AT LEAST HALF OF THE AFFILIATED MEMBERS, but a vote may be taken, even if at any time some of the delegates of these Association have left the conference hall.


17.4. To be adopted, the alteration must receive the approval by THREE-FOURTHS (3/4) OF THE VOTES given by the delegates represent and entitled to vote.


17.5. Any alteration to the Constitutions may be proposed by a National Deaf Sports Association or the Secretary General.


17.6. No quorum in necessary for a decision on an alteration to the Regulations Proposals shall be adopted by a simple majority of the votes given by the delegates who are present and entitled to vote.


17.7. Such amendments shall take effect from the date of their approval by the Registrar of Societies. Any amendment to the constitutions shall be forwarded to the Registrar of Societies within SIXTY (60) DAYS OF BEING PASSED BY THE CONGRESS.


Article 18: DISSOLUTION OF THE APDSC


18.1. The APDSC shall not be dissolved expect at an Ordinary or Extraordinary Congress and by a proposal carried by a MAJORITY OF THREE-FOURTHS (3/4) OF THE VOTES CAST.


18.2. In case of dissolution of the APDSC its funds and assets shall be transferred to the ICSD which will invest them until the re-establishment of the APDSC.


18.3. Notice of dissolution shall be forwarded to the Registrar of Societies within FOURTEEN (14) DAYS OF ITS DISSOLUTION.


Article 19: FINAL PROVISIONS


19.1. All matters not provided for under these Constitutions or cases of extreme emergency shall be settled by the APDSC, whose decision shall be final.


19.2. Decisions in matters of legislation, however, shall not become operative until they have the approval of the Congress.


19.3. Any activity of the Bodies and Committees shall be subordinated to the strict observation of the Constitutions of the APDSC.


19.4. The APDSC is the arbitrator, without an appeal, of all matters concerning the Deaf Sports Movement and the regulation and guidance of Regional Games. However, it delegates its authority to the International Federation as regards the technical part of their respective sports and with whom the Organising Committee of the Asia Pacific Deaf Games must come to an agreement as regards the technical modification of these sports.


Article 20: LANGUAGE


20.1. The Official language of the APDSC shall be English.


20.2. The minutes of meetings, the bulletin and all the circulars are to be printed in the English language only.


20.3. Each Association is responsible for its own translations from English.


20.4. International Sign Language is the official language at Congress and meetings. If a delegate cannot sign for himself, the chairman will help him / her or otherwise provide for his / her speech to be translated into an understandable sign langge.



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