Date set for YesCymru EGM where members will vote on new constitution
A date has been set for YesCymru’s Extraordinary General Meeting where members will get the chance to vote on a new constitution.
The vote will take place between December 10 and 11 to decide whether to accept the proposals of the Gweithgor, a working group that has been tasked with putting together a “robust legal framework”.
Once the proposals have been voted on the group will be able to elect a new governing body to lead it.
The grassroots pro-independence has been through a period of turmoil amid bitter infighting, which led to the resignation of its Central Committee, including that of its chair, Sion Jobbins.
The ‘Gweithgor’ was set up in August following concerns that YesCymru’s constitution and electoral processes needed to be updated for a movement with a membership of almost 20,000.
There was a vote of no confidence in the Central Committee from regional groups of the National Committee. All members of the Central Committee collectively resigned from their posts shortly thereafter.
A working group was then set up that also formed sub-committees to look at the structure, finance, governance, procedures, groups and some wider policies such as social media.
‘Opportunity to decide’
A statement from YesCymru said: “This day we will have the opportunity to decide on the future of Wales’ largest political movement.
“Because of the significant growth of YesCymru, structures and legal frameworks are now needed to replace the current ones, which are more suited to a small community organisation.
“The Gweithgor (The working group tasked with drafting a new constitution) has been working hard with lawyers to draft their proposals into a robust legal framework which is now ready to be put before the members at the EGM.
“We’ll have a chance to vote on these changes on December 10th and 11th, by registering for the EGM at the link below.”
The statement continued: “Once we’ve voted on these proposals we can elect a new governing body and return to campaigning for an independent Wales.”