Green Party Executive results announced
Jon Nott, the electoral returning officer for the Green Party of England and Wales’ internal elections, has announced the results for posts on the party’s executive, known as GPEx. Members of GPEx are elected for a two-year term, with half of the seats contested each year. The announcement of the new Leader and Deputy Leader is due to take place on Monday.
The results are:
Chair – Tim Dawes (uncontested)
Campaigns Co-ordinator – Howard Thorp (uncontested)
Elections Co-ordinator – Geoff Smith (uncontested)
External Communications Co-ordinator – Penny Kemp and Joe Williams (job share) (uncontested)
Management Co-ordinator – Mark Cridge (uncontested)
International Co-ordinator – Derek Wall (beating Sebastian Power and John Street)
Two seats GPEx were elected for a single year to fill posts currently held by co-opted members:
Local Party Support Co-ordinator – Matthew Townsend (uncontested)
Policy Development Co-ordinator – Stuart Jeffery (uncontested)
In the one contested election, for International Co-ordinator, the breakdown of voting was as follows:
2945 ballot papers returned, of which 388 were spoilt (mostly blank), giving a total valid vote of 2557 and a quota of 1278.6
First preferences were:
1182 – Wall
872 – Power
477 – Street
26 – RON
No one achieves quota and so Street is eliminated and his votes are redistributed to give the following figures:
1375 – Wall
1068 – Power
70 – RON
44 – non transferable
Derek Wall is therefore elected as International Co-ordinator.
Committee elections on sunday at conference, so make sure you get along and vote or even stand. I am supporting Seb Power for International Committee and I think some other good people will be going for various posts.
I’d suggest that GPEx is an area ripe for reform, in it’s current format it is struggling to keep a full slate of people in post, and very few are contested elections – the work if definitely there to do, but not enough people to do it justice.
“I know that it is very onerous taking on positions in relatively small and poorly resourced organisations.”
This, basically. While I’m glad I did my year on GPEX, I’d have to be very well persuaded to do it again. Lots and lots of flack and criticism for little to no reward or recognition of effort put in, I’m afraid.
With no disrespted to those elected, it is odd to have just one contested. And sad so few women contesting. Any explanations for ths? I know that it is very onerous taking on positions in relatively small and poorly resourced organisations. What can be done to increase the pool of candidates? It’d be interestin to hear the views of those elected to succession planning for their posts. Can they help nurture competition?
You’re right, Lewis, our list of nominees was incomplete. Have made that change. Apologies & thanks.
I thought Geoff Smith was validly nominated for Elections Co-ordinator and elected unopposed. GP ERO tweeted that he’s been elected, anyway…