Brothers and Sisters
There seems to be some confusion as to the 50 percent rule concerning the election of Trustees.
I have requested the Election Committee to touch base with the National Union on their perspective. Below is the language taken under Section 2 from the Guide for Local Union Elections. Based on the numbers and the way the votes are tabulated Brother Kinder Sidhu is elected as Trustee. The Runoff Election for the following 2 spots will be between the following 4 candidates:
- Kate Penkett
- Marlon Palmer
- Heather Longer
- Trevor Hogarth
The Election Committee has been very studious in their endeavours and on behalf of the membership I thank them for all their hard work to this point in the election process.
I. CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION and RUN-OFF ELECTION
(4) Local Unions must elect three Trustees at the same time. In the election of three Trustees, the majority is determined in the following manner:
- Trustees are elected simultaneously and there is no distinction between the three offices and the membership is entitled to vote for three (3) Trustees.
- Where there are less than seven (7) candidates, the three (3) candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected.
- Where there are seven (7) or more candidates, the majority point is determined by adding the total votes cast for the office of Trustee, dividing by the number of positions to be filled [which is three (3)], again dividing by two (2), which will determine the 50% mark, and then adding one (1) to determine the majority point.
- In the event more than three (3) candidates receive a majority vote, the three (3) candidates with the greatest majority shall be declared elected.
- Where there are seven (7) or more candidates and no candidate receives a majority, the runoff is confined to the six (6) candidates receiving the greatest number of votes .
- Where there are seven (7) or more candidates and only one candidate receives a majority, the run-off is confined to the candidates who finished in second, third, forth, and fifth positions.
- Where there are seven (7) or more candidates and only two (2) candidates receive a majority, the run-off is confined to the candidates who finished in third and fourth positions.