POA Circulars

71 | 04.09.2015

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN ELECTION 2016

NOMINATION PROCEDURES, TIMETABLE AND ELECTION ADDRESSES

Listed below is the timetable and procedure for the forthcoming election for the National Chairman election.

The period of office for this position will be from the end of Annual Conference 2016 until the end of Annual Conference May 2021.

OPEN NOMINATIONS 14th SEPTEMBER 2015
CLOSE NOMINATIONS 25th SEPTEMBER 2015

NB: Branch meetings should be held after Friday, 25th September in accordance with Rule 11.2(a) below

NOMINATION FORMS TO 2nd OCTOBER 2015
CRONIN HOUSE
ELECTION ADDRESS TO 9th OCTOBER 2015
CRONIN HOUSE
DISTRIBUTION OF BALLOT PAPERS 26th OCTOBER 2015
BALLOT CLOSES 23rd NOVEMBER 2015
RESULT ANNOUNCED 24th NOVEMBER 2015

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 General Secretary that the branch failed to nominate any candidate;
(c) encourage members to vote.

ELECTION ADDRESSES
It is suggested that the following information will assist consistency of the ballot procedures and should be forwarded to the General Secretary at Cronin House by 12.00noon on Friday, 9th October 2015

  • Date joined POA
  • Previous establishment/s
  • POA Experience (i.e. Branch Chair/Secretary/Committee/length of time in post/NEC).
  • Two photographs
  • Election Addresses should either be typed on CD/Disk or the preferred option, emailed to the General Secretary’s Office at the following email address - paula@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 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 addresses over 500 words will be edited.

UP-TO-DATE MEMBERSHIP RECORDS

As you know all national elections are conducted under postal ballot rules and procedures.

It is vital that local officials ensure their membership list is updated and any amendments are reported to the membership department by 12oclock on the 12th October 2015 at the very latest. An up-to-date membership list is attached for your convenience.

Members have the right to receive their ballot papers at home or their place of work. It is the responsibility of all members to provide an address for postal ballots. If members wish to amend their ballot address for this and future postal ballots, this again should be done by the 23rd October 2015.

Please draw the contents of this circular to all members as a matter of urgency.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

 

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary