Organization of the council

Organization of the council

The Seventh Council

The Seventh Council is made of 22 members in total, including the nineteen candidates elected from each of nineteen local districts in the local election on june 4, 2014, according to the Civil Servant Election Act, and three elected on proportional representation.

Rights and Duties of the Members

Membership in the City Council is a four-year term. Council members have various rights, including the right to introduce a bill, right to make a motion, right to speak, right to take a vote on bills submitted, right to elect the Council officials, right to run for the Council posts, right to introduce petitions, right to request for records and data, and right to call a meeting. The member also has duties to perform as a representative of his constituents and as a member of a local legislature. These duties include promoting the public good above all else, maintaining personal uprightness and dignity, attending Council meetings and concentrating on his duties, refraining from abusing the power of her office, refraining from taking certain additional posts, refraining from making certain transactions, and observing public order.

Chairman(speaker) and Vice Chairmans(speakers)

The Council has one chairman and two vice chairmans, who are elected from among the general members by secret ballot and serve a term of two years each. The chairman represents the Council, presides over the general meetings, maintains the order on the floor, and supervises the Council businesses. The vice chairmans substitute for the chairman in case of his absence.

Types of Meetings

General meeting is a meeting of the whole Council where the final decision of the Council is made. Before a bill is considered in the general meeting, it is reviewed in the relevant committees. There are two types of committees: standing committees and special committees. The Gwangju Metropolitan City Council has five standing committees: council steering, administrative autonomy, environment & welfare, industry & construction, education. In addition, it has several special committees to deal with particular issues over a limited period of time.