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1. an indication of choice, opinion, or will on a question, such as the choosing of a candidate, by or as if by some recognized means, such as a ballot
2. the opinion of a group of persons as determined by voting
3. a body of votes or voters collectively
4. the total number of votes cast
5. the ticket, ballot, etc., by which a vote is expressed
a. the right to vote; franchise; suffrage
b. a person regarded as the embodiment of this right
7. a means of voting, such as a ballot
8. Chiefly Brit a grant or other proposition to be voted upon



an opinion expressed by means of voting. In the parliamentary practice of bourgeois states, the government’s general policy, its particular concrete actions, or the action of an individual minister may be submitted to a vote of confidence or no confidence. Since many countries do not have strict rules for posing a vote of confidence, every vote on government proposals in parliament can be regarded as a vote of confidence. The government itself can initiate and introduce the vote of confidence; it can propose that parliament vote on its programs or declarations or it can request a vote of confidence in connection with deliberations on a concrete legislative project. In the practice of bourgeois states a government based on a parliamentary majority frequently uses a vote of confidence to guarantee its stability and political authority. A vote of no confidence legally signifies a parliament’s refusal of confidence in the government. The initiative for posing a vote of no confidence can come from parliament or from the government itself; the latter, having received such a vote, loses the support of a parliamentary majority. The consequences of a vote of no confidence are varied. In Italy the constitution provides for an automatic resignation of the government; in such an event in the Federal Republic of Germany the president dismisses the government after the Bundestag has elected the new head of government, a chancellor. In bourgeois practice it does not infrequently happen that the chief of state, after acting in defense of the government, resorts to a dismissal of a parliament after a vote of no confidence.


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The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Tom McMahon (CSO) and seconded by all present.
Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan attended the council session to try to get legislators to support Tung with a vote of thanks, but failed to secure the necessary majorities.
J Williams was hostess and the vote of thanks was given by J Martin.
The talk concluded with a chance to sample various types of honey before Colin Rawcliffe proposed a vote of thanks.
The meeting was very ably chaired by Chris Hesketh-Baxter and the vote of thanks was proposed by Aled Davies.
Margaret gave the vote of thanks. The competition for Pair of Salt and Pepper Pots was won by Ann Bransby, second Margaret Cook and third Gina McMahon.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Chris Van Egeraat (NUIM) and seconded by Mr Michael Connolly (CSO).
Sheela Paul proposed a vote of thanks. Ancy James and Fota president Benny Kuriyan felicitated the guest chef.
They deserve a great vote of thanks for their contribution."
Are there any fellow readers who can write in and give a much-deserved vote of thanks to these ladies for all the wonderful work they do?
A vote of thanks was given by the previous president Cynthia Harris.
London, Sep.9 (ANI): England football coach Fabio Capello has offered Croatian counterpart Slaven Bilic a vote of thanks - for doing his team talk for him ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier at the Wembley.