In light of the Covid 19 restrictions coming into force at 00.01 on 8 January 2021 the General Council met yesterday and agreed, in line with the powers conferred on them in Rule 6.31 of the NIPSA Rule Book, to amend the following Election Regulations. This is to provide, in these very exceptional circumstances, the opportunity to ensure that the Covid 19 restrictions on stay at home does not unnecessarily impede on branches being able to submit their nominations and candidates’ election addresses by the closing date of 2pm on Friday 15 January 2021. The following amendments to the regulations are set out in red below.

Nominations
7. All nominations must be sent in writing to the General Secretary at Harkin House, 54 Wellington Park, Belfast BT9 6DP.
  (For clarity, given the Covid 19 restrictions in place from 00.01 on 8 January 2021 branches may submit the nomination form by email).
8. Rule 6.36 states that nominees must give their consent for their nomination to be valid.
  (For clarity, given the Covid 19 restrictions in place from 00.01 on 8 January 2021 either a scanned signature or a typed ‘signature’ will be accepted).
10. A nomination will only be valid if made on the official nomination paper with a certificate signed by the Branch Chairperson (or in the case of absence) by another Branch Officer that the rule relating to the holding of Branch meetings had been complied with and giving the date and place of the meeting held.
  (For clarity, given the Covid 19 restrictions in place from 00:01 on 9 January 2021 either a typed signature or scanned signature will be accepted).
Candidates’ Written Statements and Election Addresses
11. (For clarity, given the Covid 19 restrictions in place from 00:01 on 9 January 2021 either a typed signature or scanned signature will be accepted).
  Any branch who have already submitted their nominations by post these will be dealt with in the normal manner.
Alison Millar
General Secretary