NAP 2020 Leadership Convention
The NAP 2020 Leadership Convention convened on 16th October 2020 after the pervious party leader, Matthias Barbet, was arrested and charged with numerous high crimes. The two main candidates were Enzo Giraud and Roland Jerome. The convention ended on 20th October after Enzo Giraud was declared the new leader of NAP.
This convention was marred by numerous controversies and scandals.
Convention Rules and Voting
According to the Bylaws of NAP, the convention is split into two major events: nominations and voting. During the nomination period, any member of NAP may be nominated to run for leadership as long as they have over 1/3rd of the party sign a candidacy petition, and as long as half of those signatures are unique and haven't signed any other petition. The nomination phase typically lasts for a day. After one day, all eligible candidates debate for however long the convention votes to hold debates. If a majority of the convention votes to end the debate, the convention then moves into voting.
The Voting period, all members cast their ballot for leader. Write-in candidates are only allowed in the first two rounds of voting. A candidate wins the leadership by gaining 60% of all votes casted. If no candidate reaches this mark in the first round, all candidates with 40% or more move onto second round of voting. If a candidate doesn't win after a second round, a candidate wins by winning 55% instead of 60%, and all members can only choose one candidate. A ballot is spoiled if they vote for more than one, don't vote at all, or write-in a candidate.
This is the full list of candidate who were nominated during the convention:
-Roland Jerome, nominated and accepted
-Enzo Giraud, nominated and accepted
-Adam Chausson, nominated and accepted, dropped out before voting and supported Roland Jerome
Voting and End Results
The NAP Leadership Convention was marred with numerous controversies, including but not limited to the events of the Convention itself. The first major controversy was the pre-mature establishment of a Deputy Leader position. Enzo Giraud declared that he was the interim Head of Party while the Convention convened, even though no such position was established before hand. Those opposed to Giraud saw this as a power grab and a way to undermine the Convention. Giraud denies these claims and says that he was always "the Deputy Head while Barbet led the Party."
Roland Jerome, after announcing his intent to run for Head of Party, was stripped of all his ranking positions within the Party, and even removed as head of the Liberal-Democrat Caucus. The Council declared that "it was a conflict of interest to allow him to keep his rankings during his intent to be Head of Party." Enzo Giraud, on the other hand, never lost his ranking positions, and was temporarily placed as head of the Liberal-Democrat caucus until the Liberal-Democrat Committee overturned the decision and reinstated Jerome saying "The Party does not have the authority under the Bylaws to strip someone of their chair position for a caucus without approval from the Caucus Committee." The Liberal-Democrat Caucus then declared the whole caucus would be supporting Jerome, and any member who didn't follow would've been suspended from the caucus.