To conduct organised activity, and to give leadership in all circumstances of the class struggle, the Communist Party bases itself on the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism and must be able to act as a single unified force. Therefore the Communist Party bases its organisation upon democratic centralism, which combines the democratic participation of the membership in Party life with an elected centralised leadership capable of directing the entire Party.
Democratic centralism means that:
(a) All leading committees shall be elected regularly and shall report regularly to the Party organisations which have elected them.
(b) Elected higher committees shall have the right to take decisions binding on lower committees and organisations, and shall explain these decisions to them. Such decisions shall not be in conflict with the decisions of the National Congress or Executive Committee.
(c) Elected higher committees shall encourage lower committees and organisations to express their views on questions of Party policy and on the carrying out of such policy.
(d) Lower committees and organisations shall carry out the decisions of higher elected committees and shall have the right to express their views, raise problems, make suggestions to these committees.
(e) Decisions shall be made by majority vote, and minorities shall accept the decision of the majority.