Article 13

DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL

13.1   The duty of the Council is to organise and supervise the daily activities of the Association.  The Council may not act contrary to the expressed wishes of the General Meeting without prior reference to it and always remain subordinate to the General Meetings.

13.2   The Council shall represent the Association before all competent public authorities and in all dealings and transactions with third parties, with power to institute or defend suits brought in the name of or against the Association and shall exercise all the necessary powers to ensure the full and proper administration and management of the affairs and property of the Association.

13.3   In addition to all powers herein expressly conferred upon them, and without limiting the generality of the powers under Article 13.1 or any other Article, the Council shall have the following powers –

(a)   to set up a secretariat whose location may change from time to time from one sector to another;
(b)   to authorise the expenditure of a sum not exceeding the budget as approved by the General Meeting of members from funds of the Association for the purposes of the Association;
(c)   to enter into contracts on behalf of the Association and to appoint any Council member or members to sign such contracts on behalf of the Association;
(d)   to open and maintain banking accounts in the name of the Association and to give all instructions to the bankers in connection with the operation of such accounts;
(e)   to appoint or engage such professional and other staff and employees, on such terms and to discharge such duties as the Council may think fit and to dismiss any such staff or employee;
(f)   to appoint an Executive Committee consisting of Council members or any combination of Council members and such other person or persons as the Council may think fit (provided that a Council member shall always be Chairman of the Executive Committee) with power to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Council, to appoint sub-committees to assist in such functions and to exercise such other powers as may be invested in it by the Council from time to time;
(g)   to appoint any other committee or committees consisting of Council members or any combination of Council members and such other person or persons as the Council may think fit for any object, power or purpose authorised by these Articles which in the opinion of the Council would be better or more conveniently regulated, managed or carried out by means of a committee; and
(h)   to make, and from time to time to repeal or alter, regulations as to the management of the Association and the affairs thereof and as to the duties of any office-bearers or servants of the Association and as to the conduct of business by the Council or any committee, and as to any of the matters or things within the powers or under the control of the Council, provided that the same shall not be inconsistent with these Articles.

13.4   Funds received by the Association shall be deposited forthwith in such bank or banks as may be determined by the Council either in the current or deposit account and official receipts for the same shall be duly issued and signed by the Treasurer or such other persons as may be appointed by the Council for that purpose.  Cheques issued by the Association shall be signed on its behalf by the Treasurer or by such persons as may be appointed by the Council and in such manner as may be determined by the Council from time to time.

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