Initiatives v Oligarchy

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Advise and Consultation

The IQA shall by vote select and appoint sources for Advise and Consultation that they deem necessary, and determine their remuneration and time to be present. They shall be chosen to address properly all pertinent sides of the issues and particularly to balance any immoderation or hidden agenda of the proposed Initiative’s authors. Advisers and Consultants shall provide information and answer questions in writing or in Plenary Session, and shall not meet alone with any Members whether in IQA Session or on leave to avoid risk or appearance of tampering. However, if necessary, Consultants expert at training and evaluating Moderators may meet on an occasional and temporary basis with smaller groups than a Plenary Session to solve deliberation issues and improve deliberation methods. The term of appointment of any Adviser or Consultant shall not be longer than 160 hours in one year. Moreover, having served in a calendar year, an Adviser or Consultant may not normally be re-appointed for a period of the following two calendar years.

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