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Organization

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The council has a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker who are elected by fellow councilors through anonymous voting. All councilors are directly elected by citizens of the city. Citizen aged 23 or above, who has resided in this city for more than four months and is not subject to penal sanctions or disfranchisement listed in Articles 26 and 27 of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, is eligible for councilor candidate.

Council seats are allocated based on the electoral districts. The city is divided into 15 electoral districts. Women are guaranteed for one seat for every districts with four or more council seats. One plain-land aboriginal and three mountain aboriginal seats are reserved council in the city. The council is composed of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, councilors and administrative staff.


  • Speaker

    The speaker represents the council and oversees council affairs.


     
  • Deputy Speaker

    Oversees council affairs when the speaker is unable to perform his/her duty.


     
  • Secretary-General

    Manages council affairs and supervise council staff in accordance with the Speaker’s leadership.


     
  • Deputy Secretary-General

    Assists Secretary-General with the management of council affairs.


     
  • Sittings

    Regular Sessions: Regular session is held every six months, and each session should not exceed 70 days. However, if there are budgetary bills to be reviewed proposals to be resolved, or when necessary, an extension of no more than 10 days is applicable upon approval by the assembly, at the request of the Mayor or the Speaker or over one third of the total councilors.


     
  • Provisional Sessions

    If a reconsideration proposal is forwarded from the city government when the council is not in session, provisional session must be held within seven days. In addition, at the request of the Mayor,the Speaker, or over one third of the total councilors, the Speaker is obliged to convene a provisional session within 10 days. Each provisional session must not exceed 10 days.


     
  • Committees

    The council has ostablished various committees to review bills.


    1. The Civil Affairs Committee, Social Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, Education Committee, Agriculture and Forest Committee, Transportation Committee, Public Security Committee, and local.

      Public Works Committee are responsible for reviewing councilors’ bill proposals, the city government’s bill proposals, citizens’ petitions, and relevant bill proposals referred to the committees by the assembly. Each committee has 8 members. Councilors may voluntarily choose to participate in a committee, or the Speaker will assign them to a committee.The Speaker and Deputy Speaker may be excused from participating in any of the above committees. One primary convener and one secondary convener should be instituted for each committee and elected by anonymous ballots among all committee members. The appointment is renewable if a person is re-elected.

      In addition, in order to examine matters related to the municipal laws, a legal affairs committee is established, with 9 committee members consisting of one member from each of the above committees plus one person designated by the Speaker. One primary and one secondary convener shall be elected among the members. The appointment is renewable if a person is re-elected. When a meeting is in session, other members of the related committees may be invited to attend as a non-voting member.  
       
    2. Procedure Committee:

      The committee has 9 members, including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, who are mandatory members and the 1st and 2nd chairpersons. This committee is responsible for setting up and reviewing agenda procedures, examining proposal’s formalities and content, making modifications to consolidate, categorize and re-sort bills, and determining the emergency of motions nature .

       
    3. Discipline Committee:

      It has 9 members. Each committee recommends one member and the Speaker appoints an additional member to the Discipline Committee. The committee members then elect one chairperson. The selected chairperson assumes the role of chairman during sittings. This committee is responsible for deliberating cases related to councilor discipline. If certain bills need to be reviewed, or if someone deems it necessary to conduct a special project study or external investigation on a certain case or problem, the assembly has to set up a task force. The investigation results have to be reported to the assembly within half a year for approval. The time limit may be extended by half a year if necessary.