I do not see why current Patricians cannot nominate Civitates to become Patricians.
The nominees would have to pass the vote in the CdeC anyway, and this way any civitates who may be deserving but are otherwise overlooked will not "fall throught the cracks". This *may* lead to an increased load of work for the CdeC, but, thats what the council is there for.
*=Probaly most definitely will.
So I propose the Syntagma be altered in the following ways.
The first change specifies that Patricians may nominate, the second the rate at which they may nominate (which is open to discussion by the way, but I feel there must be some limit/rate).
The third, is to eliminate any public perception of a 'patronage link' between the Patrician and the nominee, as it is specifically stated there is no patronage like link. There are no 'houses' involved here, and nominations should be made on merit, ones that aren't the CdeC will ensure don't pass vote.