The following rules will apply Progress strategy board election:
(1) Eligibility to stand
Those wishing to stand for election in any of the three sections:
– must have been a member of Progress for at least one year and their membership must be fully up-to-date and paying the correct rate;
– can self-nominate;
– will be required when they self-nominate to confirm that they are both a member of the Labour party and support the aims and objectives of Progress.
(2) Eligibility to vote
Those wishing to vote in any of the three sections:
– must be a member of Progress on 27 September 2016, paying the correct rate and not be in arrears by 17 October;
– will be required when they vote to confirm they are a member of the Labour party;
– may only vote in one of the three sections.
Members 23 and under will get a second vote in an additional young members section.
(3) Electoral system
As in elections to Labour’s National Executive Committee, multi-member first past the post will apply.
(4) Term of office
Members of the strategy board will be elected for a two-year term.
(5) Gender balance
In each section, at least two women must be elected.
(6) Nominated candidates
– All nominated candidates will be able to place a 250 word statement and picture on the strategy board election website outlining why they are standing and any relevant experience that they wish to advertise to those voting.
– A dedicated email will be sent out by Progress three times during the course of the election, containing links to all of the candidates’ statements.
– A link to the election microsite will be published on the Progress daily email throughout the campaign.
– All nominated candidates will be allowed up to two articles on any subject published on the Progress website during the course of the campaign.
– All nominated candidates must not engage in negative campaigning against other candidates; refrain from referencing Progress staff collectively or by name; or bring the organisation into disrepute.
(7) Progress staff
Progress staff who are members of Progress will have the right to vote in the strategy board elections. They will, however, be ineligible to stand and must not campaign or advocate the election of any candidate in the strategy board elections.
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