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Executive Committee Elections: President & Treasurer 2011 – 2013

7 January 2011

In accordance with Rule 49, elections are now due for the posts of President and Treasurer. The successful candidates will take office from 1st June 2011 for a two-year term of office until 31st May 2013.

The President & Treasurer, where necessary, are elected by individual vote of the members. Rule 49(b) provides that each branch may nominate one candidate for President and one candidate for Treasurer. The candidates for President & Treasurer must be members of any TSSA Branch subject to the requirements of Rule 49(n) paragraph 3. Nominations should be submitted on the nomination form circulated to branches. The nomination form must be signed by both the Branch Chair and Correspondence Secretary and returned in the special envelope provided marked “PRESIDENT/TREASURER ELECTIONS” to reach this office no later than 28TH February 2011.

The candidate must submit to Head Office a letter indicating their acceptance of nomination plus an election statement of no more than 150 words and a brief biography & recent photograph. These items must be submitted by the candidate to this office not later than the date upon which nominations close. i.e. 28th February 2011. Rule 47(c) refers:

“(c) Each candidate may send to Head Office written biographical details and a personal statement of views not longer than 150 words. They must reach Head Office by not later than the close of nominations. It shall be the personal responsibility of each candidate to meet this deadline. The biographical particulars should show a brief summary of the candidate’s qualifications, that is, TSSA activities, present position in TSSA, location, and, if the candidate wishes, length of membership. Except in the case of elections to the Irish Committee, both the personal statement and the biographical details provided by each candidate shall be published in the TSSA Journal.

No member of the Association is eligible to become a candidate for election unless they have been a member of the Association for a minimum period of three years on the date of closure of receipt of nomination. Retired members, Special Rate Retired members, Student members, Superannuated members, Honorary Life members and members who, by reason of age would not be able to serve the full term of the vacancy, are also ineligible for nomination (see Rule 49(n) for full details).

Rule 47(d) provides that following the calling for nominations for these posts (i.e. Circular 005, 7 January 2011), no literature or documentation of any type from any source which seeks to promote the interests of any potential or actual nominee or candidate, whether directly or indirectly, will be permissible and any breach of the rule may lead to the potential or actual nominee or candidate being disqualified by the Executive Committee.

I would also draw particular attention to section 48(8) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 which states:

“No-one, other than the candidate, shall incur any civil or criminal liability in respect of any publication of a candidate’s election address or of any copy required to be made for the purposes of the section”.

Branches are reminded that the Executive Committee have agreed that candidates for election may have their forenames or other name by which they wish to be known printed on the ballot paper and in the TSSA Journal. It will be the responsibility of the candidate to make clear to the Scrutineers how they wish to be known (i.e. J. Smith/John Smith/Joan Smith, etc). Candidates must include this information within their individual letter of acceptance and Branches should ensure that the details are entered on the nomination form as requested by the candidate.

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