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Ch.03 Rules of Parliamentary Procedure · Voting Rules

Standard Model United Nations Rules of Procedure

4. VOTING RULES

Every Delegation is entitled to one vote each in every Committee. Member States have the right on all votes, Observer Entities only have the right on procedural voting. After the Moderator has announced the beginning of voting, delegates should not interrupt the voting except on a Point of Order in connection with the actual conduct of the voting.

4.1 Procedural Voting

Procedural voting refers to all voting related to the way the Committee is run, as opposed to the documents being disposed. In other words, all voting will be procedural except for voting on documents. Delegates must vote on all procedural voting, and no abstentions are allowed. All procedural voting require a Simple Majority and all Member States and Observer Entities have the rights to vote in procedural voting.

4.2 Substantive Voting

Substantive voting refers to voting on documents, such as Draft Resolution and Unfriendly Amendment. All substantive voting require a Two-thirds Majority of Member States present and voting, excluding Observer Entities. After a Draft Resolution is passed, voting procedure will end and the Committee will move on to the second topic (if any).

It is to be noted that the Two-thirds Majority needed to pass a Draft Resolution or an Unfriendly Amendment refers to two-thirds of countries that vote “Yes” and “No”; members who abstain are treated as not having participated in the vote.

4.2.1 Unfriendly Amendments

Once the discussion on the Unfriendly Amendment has closed, the Committee will enter substantive voting on the Unfriendly Amendment by default. During voting procedure, delegates will raise their placards in voting “Yes”, “No” or “Abstain” for the Unfriendly Amendment. Any Unfriendly Amendment requires a Two-thirds Majority to pass. Abstentions are not counted in the total votes.

4.2.2 Draft Resolutions

After the debate has been closed on the topic, the Committee will move into the final substantive voting procedures and the chambers are then sealed. Then, the Dais may conduct a Roll Call prior to voting to determine the nu