Failed RCGP presidential candidate urges voting reform

Unsuccessful RCGP presidential candidate Dr Una Coales believes that the college's voting system should be reformed in the wake of the 22% turnout.

Dr Una Coales
Dr Una Coales

Dr Coales said: ‘We should use the internet voting system offered by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) as many did not receive their postal ballot papers (incorrect addresses), many were not even aware of the elections (weekly swine flu alert emails sent to all members rather than weekly voting reminders) and the postal ballot papers arrived in a thick brown envelope marked ERS (also sends out LMC papers too) which is most likely to be discarded.’

RCGP chief executive and returning officer Hilary De Lyon said: ‘The ERS is a robust and well-respected body, recognised as a leading authority in running elections.

‘The RCGP presidential election was conducted as it has been in previous years and any queries about voting papers were followed up and dealt with. Election details and voting instructions were also posted prominently on the main RCGP website and on the websites of RCGP Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are actively looking at electronic voting as an option for future elections.’

The full result of the presidential election was:
Dr Iona Heath 3,371
Dr Coales 1,163
Dr Has Joshi 936.

Dr Coales was elected to the RCGP’s council. Turn-out 21.9% (5,470 of 25,989 eligible voters with 233 invalid votes).

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