POA Circulars

83 | 12.08.2019


Following the promulgation of POA Circular 81/2019 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 2020 to end of Annual Conference 2025

I would draw your attention to the following rule:


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 2nd September 2019
Close Nominations Friday 13th September 2019

NB: Branch meetings should be held after 13th September 2019 in accordance with Rule 11.2(a) above.

Nomination Form to be returned to
Cronin House no later than Friday 20th September 2019
Election Addresses to Cronin House Friday, 27th September 2019
Distribution of Ballot Papers and
Election Addresses Friday 11th October 2019

Ballot Closes Tuesday 12th November 2019
Result Announced Wednesday 13th November 2019


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 12noon Friday 27th September 2019.

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 sent via email, to the Deputy General Secretary’s Office at the following email address – nicola@poauk.org.uk. Those candidates who are unable to type their election address via 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.


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

It is vital that local officials ensure their membership records are updated and any amendments are reported to the membership department by 12noon on 27th September 2019 at the very latest.

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 27th September 2019.

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



Thanking you in anticipation of your support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

Deputy General Secretary

POA Circular 83-2019-General Secretary Election.pdf

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