23 Jul 2014

Green Party leadership elections: How to vote!

Each summer all Green Party of England and Wales members are sent a ballot form to elect members of our Executive (GPEX).

Executive members serve for two years.

Turnout is often low and given that Green Party membership has increased from 14,000 in January to 17,000 this June, the system may be confusing and especially so to new members

1.  The ballot forms come with the next issue of Green World the Green Party magazine, which should be out in the next week or so......the envelope is sometimes thrown out by members who think it is junk mail, so look out for it!

2.  Ballots have to be in by the end of August.

3. The vote is transferable, so rather than Westminster style ticks, number the candidates in order of preference from 1 downwards.

4.  Some posts are contested by just one candidate, but you can vote for Re-open nominations (RON) if you don't like the candidates on offer.

5.  A book of candidates statements is included so you can get an idea of what candidates for the different executive posts are proposing.

6. For leader, there is just one candidate, our current leader Natalie Bennett.

7.  Instead of a single deputy leader, currently Councillor Will Duckworth, the constitution has changed and there will be two deputy leaders, one male and one female, who will share a vote on the Executive.

8. There is only one female deputy leader candidate, Amelia Womack, so it is likely she will be elected!

9. There are four male deputy leader candidates, Will Duckworth, Rob Telford, Shahrar Ali and Mark Ereira-Guyer.

Derek Wall


Amanda said...

Always good to get a reminder. ;-)

Joe Short said...

Rob Telford puts forward his pitch for deputy leader here: http://robfordeputy.com/2014/07/27/12-point-plan/
Are there similar blogs available from the other candidates?
It would be great to be able to compare their view points.
I'm a very new party member so may be unaware that all this is already available on the website somewhere..?