From MSSA facebook page:
"Proposed change to Clause 39 of the Constitution:
REPRESENTATION ON COMMITTEES
- No member shall be allowed to have more than 40% representation on any committee if other members have delegates who are standing for the available positions, and
- Should a female stand for a position on any committee and should males already have 50% representation on such committee, then all nominations for males for the position for which any females are nominated, shall be vitiated."
First, the clause means that as long as their are enough candidates for a position, no one club can dominate any MSSA committee. The MSSA Management Board consists of 13 members, so, as long as the positions are contested, no more than 5 members may come from any one club. Only if the positions are contested may a club acquire more than 5 positions on such board.
The expected outcome is that more member clubs will be represented on all the committees to ensure that greater input is given which will further enhance the level of decision making and 'robustness' of MSSA.
Second, the clause concerning female participation allows the possibility for gender equality on all MSSA committees. If males have at 50% of the positions on a committee, and the other positions are contested by both male and female, then the male's nomination shall be vitiated. However, should there not be any females wishing to stand for the position, a male may then be elected to such position.
The expected outcome is that such clause will do much to encourage more females to stand for positions and take their rightful place in the administration of MSSA.
Of course, this needs to be voted upon at the AGM in December to be adopted.
To change MSSA's constitution, a two-thirds majority is needed of both clubs and votes.