Editorial: What is a vote of no confidence

By Becky Holland, editor@pineywoods.news

In light of recent statements made by the Marshall Police Officers’ Association in regards to alleged behaviors of City Commissioner Michael Mitchell, questions have been raised. What does a ‘vote of no confidence’ mean? Who can do it? Why can they do it?

First of all, a ‘vote of no confidence’ is defined by Merriam Webster as a ‘statement or vote that a person or persons in a position of responsibility – be it government, managerial, etc … – is no longer deemed fit to hold that position because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel are detrimental.’

Basically, depending on the constitution of the body involved, ‘no confidence’ gives awareness to issues involving a body of government, managerial entities or individuals.

Most recently in the news, Papua New Guinea’s opposition has tried again to unseat Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Parliament. They lodged another motion for a vote of no confidence.

In May, the faculty council of senators of the University of Wisconsin Colleges supported a resolution of no confidence in leadership. The resolution also asks leadership to improve access, affordability, and educational resources for students.

This action is to ask the individual in question to take a more proactive stance on an issue or be more communicative or to stop certain behaviors. The most used causes for a ‘vote of no confidence’ are lack of leadership, lack of communication and lack of support or caring for employees.

A ‘vote of no confidence’ does not remove anyone from office.

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