POA Circulars

98 | 27.08.2014

General Secretary Election: Nomination Procedures, Timetable and Election Address

Following the promulgation of POA Circular 97-2014 listed below is the timetable and procedure for the forthcoming election for the General Secretary.

The period of office for the General Secretary is as follows:

End of Annual Conference 2015 to end of Annual Conference 2020

I would draw your attention to the following rule:

SECRET POSTAL BALLOTS: PROCEDURE RULE 11.2 Branch Committee members should:

(a) ​Hold a branch meeting to discuss the election. No branch meetings, for nomination purposes, should be convened until close of nominations, as stated in the officially published timetable;
(b) ​read out all requests for nominations and nominate a candidate for the vacant position or inform the Deputy General Secretary that the branch failed to nominate any candidate;
(c)​encourage members to vote.


Open Nominations​​ Monday 8th September 2014
Close Nominations​​ Friday, 19th September 2014
NB: Branch meetings should be held after 19th September 2014 in accordance with Rule 11.2(a) above.

Nomination Form to be returned to
Cronin House no later than​ Friday, 26th September 2014
Election Addresses to Cronin House​ Friday, 3rd October 2014
Distribution of Ballot Papers and
Election Addresses​​ Wednesday 20th October 2014

Ballot Closes​​ Monday 17th November 2014
Result Announced​​ Tuesday 18th November 2014​


It is suggested that the following information concerning any candidate will assist with the consistency of the ballot procedure and should be forwarded to the Deputy General Secretary’s office at Cronin House by 5.00 PM Friday 3rd October 2014.

1. Date joined POA
2. Previous establishment/s
3. POA Experience (i.e Branch Chair/Secretary/Committee/member length of time in post/NEC etc)
4. Two photographs
5. Election Address should normally be typed and/or sent on CD/Disk or sent by the preferred option, email, to the Deputy General Secretary’s Office at the following email address – nc@poauk.org.uk. Those candidates who are unable to type their election address and/or send it by CD/Disk or email can prepare their election address in writing and send it by post to the Deputy General Secretary’s Office at Cronin House. It would be helpful if any election address sent by post is sent by recorded delivery.

It would also be helpful for candidates to provide contact numbers with their election addresses.

Candidates are reminded that election addresses must be limited to 500 words. This does not include Nominating Branches and Service History.

Any election address over 500 words will be edited.

Yours sincerely

Deputy General Secretary