Ten signatories have complied with our local residents' association's constitution in petitioning the committee to convene a Special General Meeting. The committee don't wish to do this and won't acknowledge or reply to the petition.
I can argue that in doing so the committee is not complying with its own constitution. But I also wish to labour the point and say that the mere fact of ignoring our petition also, in itself, constitutes a refusal to hold the meeting.
I'm looking for a snappy phrase to say this as in a government winning an election 'by default'. Is there such a thing? Or at least something less clunky than I am able to come up with.