5. A committee member whose impartiality could be questioned must withdraw with respect to a candidate, including in the following situations:
(1) the member is or was the candidate’s spouse;
(2) the member is related to the candidate by birth, marriage or civil union, up to the degree of first cousin; or
(3) the member is a partner, employer or employee of the candidate or was such a partner, employer or employee in the last 10 years; however, a member who is in the public service must withdraw with respect to a candidate only if the member is or was under the direct supervision of the candidate or is or was the candidate’s immediate superior.
If a committee member has withdrawn or is absent or unable to act, the decision is made by the other members.