A branch may be established by the REC, in areas where it is necessary and possible, and in conjunction with the NEC, under the following conditions laid down by the south African Post Office Union :
1. As soon as two or more workplaces in a particular geographical area exist, with more than 100 members, the REC shall convene the first conference for such a branch.
2. Where there are less than 100 members made up of different Workplaces, if the Regional Executive Committee directs that a branch be established. A Regional Executive Committee may establish a Branch or direct members to join an existing branch.
The Branch Congress shall be convened thereafter by the BEC once every three years, preceding the regional congress. The Branch Congress shall be attended by the BOBs and a number of delegates determined by the BEC of the shop stewards within that that branch, wherein these delegates shall be eligible for election as branch office bearers.
The Branch Office Bearers shall be elected by ballot at the Branch Congress and shall consist of the following: a chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary, deputy secretary, treasurer, educator and a branch coordinator.
Only members from workplaces in good standing may attend and stand for election to the positions of Branch Office Bearers. Nominations of BOB’s must be submitted to ROB’s as the responsible structure for receiving such nominations. Nominations to these positions must be duly seconded, and voting at the Branch Congress shall be by secret ballot. If only one candidate is nominated for a position, no ballot is necessary and that candidate must be declared duly elected.
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