As the CIPR President and Council elections draw to a close what lessons are there to be learnt?
1). Democracy is alive in the CIPR
I was genuinely delighted that we had three colleagues decide to stand for President and that we would have an election. And they were all great candidates, and whoever is elected, I’m sure will do the Institute proud.
I was fearful, after the events of last year, that it would put members off standing, where we would return to the era of Presidents being elected unopposed.
Let’s hope elections are now the new norm.
Last year’s election did leave a positive legacy of the creation of an independent Returning Officer, which has been a positive move. Also, candidates producing campaign videos, another new emergent idea from last year, provides a good tool for candidates to share what they stand for, and for voters to make an informed decision.
Let’s keep these going.
3). Personality politics
I know there is deep concern among some senior colleagues about elections setting members touting for votes against each other, who all have much to offer, fearing it’s beginning to feel like the US elections.