The Yorkshire Party has been put on an election footing – but this time it is for an internal poll for the leadership.
There will be six posts – including that of Party Leader – at stake in the process, which allows for nominations throughout most of August.
Voting contests will be held only if the number of nominees exceeds the number of posts, with voting then taking place in the second half of September.
The procedure has been outlined in an email to members by Party Policy Director Chris Gauton, who is the Executive’s Elections Officer this year.
Chris told members: “Hopefully, the formal bit has not put anyone off and many people will see this as an opportunity to … help the Yorkshire Party build and grow. I look forward to running this election and welcoming people on-board the Executive Committee.
There are elections for four Executive Committee positions, the Executive chair and the Party Leader.
For the Executive Committee, Chris needs Party members to nominate themselves to stand for a two-year term. A candidate must be a Yorkshire Party member, supply their full name and email address and the full names of two other Party members who are nominating them.
The procedure for choosing the Executive Chair and the Party Leader requires candidates to be nominated by five Party members, whose full names should be provided to the internal elections officer.
The nominating process runs from 10pm on August 3 until 10pm on August 30. The confirmation of candidates will be announced after 10pm on August 31.
“Once all candidates have been nominated, it will be decided if there will be an election or an uncontested election for the various roles,” said Chris
He explained that if only three or four candidates put themselves forward for the Executive posts, this would be an uncontested election and all the candidates would become members of the Executive. An election would be held only if there were five candidates or more.
An election would be needed if there were more than one candidate for both the Executive Chair and Party Leader.
If any elections were needed, voting would be between 8am on the September 14 and 10pm on September 27.
The Elections officer will be neutral throughout the process and cannot nominate anyone for these elections. All nominations should be sent to him at [email protected] by the closing date and time. Nominations received after this date will not be accepted.
Chris said the results for all posts, whether contested or not, would be declared on October 1.
Successful candidates for the Executive Committee would need to attend in person meetings often held in Wakefield and on Skype.
“You will also have a Yorkshire Party email and assist with helping to build the Yorkshire Party to become the main political Party for Yorkshire,” said Chris.