Green Party Executive results announced
Many eyes have been on the Green Party of England and Wales’ leadership contest in recent weeks. But this hasn’t been the only election members of the Green Party have been voting in.
Over the summer, Greens were voting to elect new members of the Green Party Executive (GPEx). A total of six positions were up for grabs on GPEx. And now the results are in.
The closest race was for publications coordinator. Incumbent Julia Lagoutte was re-elected with 51 per cent of the vote. She came 110 votes ahead of the job-share ticket of Kathryn Bristow and Rachel Collinson. Re-open nominations picked up just 44 first preferences.
The election saw a good innings for incumbents. Vix Lowthion was re-elected as the party’s policy development coordinator unopposed. She picked up 94 per cent of first preferences, with 205 voting to re-open nominations.
In a similar vein, Jon Nott was re-elected as finance coordinator with 95 per cent of the vote.
In the election for the party’s equality and diversity coordinator, incumbent Rashid Nix – this time standing as a job share with Dzaier Neil – received 2,908 votes to Ash Routh’s 1,416.
Zoe Hatch was elected as the party’s internal communications coordinator, receiving 2,402 first preference votes to Alexander Sallons’ 1,612.
The mostly hotly contested contest was for local party support coordinator. A total of four candidates, plus re-open nominations stood for the role. Former Young Greens co-chair Rosie Rawle was elected, receiving 47 per cent of the first preference votes. Among the defeated candidates, Duncan Kerr took 16 per cent, Taymar Pitman 17 per cent and the job share team of Daniel Laycock and Lyndsay McAteer 19 per cent.
The winning candidates will now serve two years on GPEx alongside those who were elected in last year’s ballot. They will also serve with the soon to be newly elected leader or co-leaders of the Green Party.
Voting in the Green Party’s leadership election closes on September 23.
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I’d like to point out that this is probably the first time that some people have been able to vote in an election such as this. There have been many barriers to both conferences and voting for executive members of both councils. This is my first time voting in the GPEX elections because of the digital accessibility. We are in the very early stages of learning how to work this way and so there are bound to be hiccups along the way. I think we require a combination of paper and digital ballots. But we have to find a way to make thing accessible for everyone. My first national conference was Autumn 2020 (i have been a member siince 2014) i had attended 1 regional conference in that time because the conference was held in my home town. Now that we have gone digital (or Hybrid) i have more access to Green party information, presentations and regional and national conferences than ever. I’m now part of a sub committee that is organising our next regional conference. If it wasn’t for the digital i still would not have access which as far as i’m concerned is completely unacceptable. But of course there are members that just don’t want to be active for many different reasons and that includes not wanting to vote. You can’t force that or anything else on the members.
Not suprising at all. the question is with so few members voting what legitimacy these elections have…maybe all leadership candidates should launch a joint appeal for cordial debate and for members to simply vote so at least the decision is accepted. basically any turn out below thirty percent is atrocious anything above forty average green party internal election never gets above twenty mostly about eleven per cent.
I think bringing back paper ballots could be a solution. If turn out is this low you may as well just have a vote at conference…
Very surprised at the low number of voters. An England and Wales party that has its executive members elected by votes that look like a multi member council election result is not very impressive when we have a climate emergency.