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from Green Party mailings.
The members were new and had not joined before
cut-off on August 27th. They reported problems in
joining due to overloading of the system, which had
turned them away during the last week before the
deadline. I was unable to provide a code to anyone
unable to join prior to the deadline.
Most of the time spent by the ERO and DERO on the
two elections was dealing with voting code issues.
We received approximately 700 emails on issues 1-4
above during the GPEx elections, and approximately
700 emails on issues 1-5 during the Leadership
election. There were also a few issues reported with
the voting process. We do not know how many people
used the form, or how many cases staff dealt with.
Regular reminders to vote were sent out. For the
GPEx ballot these went to all members, but for the
Leadership ballot following a prompt to the ERO and
staff from Doug Rouxel, staff were asked to restrict
further reminder mailings to those who had not yet
The GPEx and PDC ballot closed on 31st August.
Fifty postal ballots were received and were input on
5th September with no spoilt papers. One late postal
ballot was destroyed. The count was held on Zoom on
7th September with several candidates in attendance
and staff member Sara Dryden ran the results using
the required system Electoral Reform Society 97. I
notified all candidates of the results and they were
then posted to the members’ website front page under
the ‘Your Vote Counts’ button at https://members.
greenparty.org.uk/your-vote-counts/internalelections-2021/gpex-election-results and notified to
all members in an all-member mailing.
The total electorate for GPEx and Policy Development
Committee elections was 50,716. A total of 4,655
voters cast ballots giving an overall turnout of 9%.
Many members did not vote in all categories and the
highest ballot cast for any one position was 4060 for
Finance Co-ordinator. This is a disappointing turnout.
The turnout for GPEx/PDC/Leadership election ballot
in 2020 was 16% and for the House of Lords ballot
14%. The commonest comment to the ERO as to why
people do not vote is that they don’t know any of the
Full results of 2021 GPEx/PDC elections:
Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator
Rashid Nix and Dzaier Neil (elected)
Jon Nott (elected)
Internal Communications Co-ordinator
Zoe Hatch (elected)
Local Party Support Co-ordinator
Duncan Kerr was eliminated in the first round with
639 votes and RON with 13 votes
Rosie Rawle (elected)
Daniel Laycock and Lyndsey McAteer
Policy Development Co-ordinator
Vix Lowthion (elected)
Julia Lagoutte (elected)
Kathryn Bristow and Rachel Collinson
Policy Development Committee
Vix Lowthion (2089)- elected but unable to take up
Edward Gildea (elected)
Nick Cox (elected)
Nick Cox did not reach the threshold of 904 in the
first round, but on transferring surplus votes from Vix
Lowthion and Edward Gildea, in round 2 Nick Cox had
1420 and passed the threshold.
Vix Lowthion had been elected as Policy Development
Co-ordinator and indicated that she intended to take
up this, so was unable to also take up a place on PDC.
The Leadership contest brought its own problems,
with many groups wanting to hold hustings as they
are entitled to do under the Regulations. A matrix
was set up by the DERO to establish availability of
candidates. Two national online hustings were held,
ably chaired by Natalie Bennett and Zack Polanski.
The regulations provide for a national Q&A with
questions moderated by the ERO and SOC, with