14 November 2013

Meeting Procedures; How to get the vote right?

This system doesn't work
Many times I have complained at Council about the method we use to elect our fellow members to various committees when more than the allocated number have nominated. In most recent times I personally was not elected to the Development Assessment Panel even though 8 Councillors had expressed publicly their desire to see change in the people on the committee. Despite this the same 3 members were reappointed after a vote. How did this happen? It happened because we use a flawed voting system, one where you simply tick a box next to all preferred candidates, 3 in the above case. Using the Council's current internal voting system it would have been possible for me to have lost the last election with one vote short of 50% plus 1 of the vote!! Hopefully, change will happen.

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