16.1 Each branch shall elect a President and a Vice President who shall be the Branch Officers. The Branch Officers shall be responsible for managing the business of the branch and shall be elected for three-year terms that will begin on 1 July every third year.

16.2 The Association’s national office shall conduct three-yearly elections for Branch Officers in the three months immediately preceding 1 July in an election year. The national office shall also conduct elections to fill any casual vacancies that may arise. A Branch Officer who is elected to fill a casual vacancy in a mid-term election shall hold that position for the remainder of the three-year term.

16.3 To assist them to conduct the business of the branch, the Branch Officers may establish a Branch Committee. Members of a Branch Committee may be appointed by the Branch Officers or elected at a meeting of the branch.