Rule 5.8 Abstention
Unless a conflict of interest or other legitimate reason prohibits a member of Council from voting on a particular matter, it is expected that all members will vote on all items upon which they could vote. Abstentions shall not be used by any member of Council in order to avoid taking a position on an issue.
It shall be in order for the President, or any other member of Council, to question another member's abstention, if they believe it is in violation of this Rule, by making a point of order, as described in Rule 4.12. In that instance, the abstaining member would be given an opportunity to explain the conflict of interest or other factor that prohibited them from voting on the issue. The President shall enforce this Rule, up to and including discipline set forth in Section IX.
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