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Wednesday 13 February 2008
Election special

Trust board by-election

At its meeting on Monday 4 February the board agreed that the by-election to fill the two vacancies for elected members, as unanimously approved by the AGM on 26 January, should:

be conducted in accordance with new election rules that have been completely rewritten in order to strike what the board thinks is a better balance between encouraging members to take part in elections on the one hand and to make sure elections are fair on the other

be overseen by the election steering group whose top priority will be to concentrate on encouraging a vibrant, contested election and not on interpreting a set of rules and checking whether they conform with the Trust's constitution.

The board is delighted that Tim Hillyer has agreed to chair the steering group for this by-election.

The board asks every member to think about doing his or her "tour of duty". We have been running a series of articles in the programme on what being a member is like and you can find these articles in one handy PDF at the end of this feature.

So, having said how much we'd like you to join us, we pass you over to the secretary for the formal announcement made in accordance with our new rules...

By-election to fill two vacancies for two elected members on the Trust board

An announcement by the secretary of the Trust

This announcement formally kicks off the election period. We will be voting to fill two vacancies for elected members of the board. I have made arrangements for this notice to be sent to all members in whichever format you chose - be that email or by post - for how you'd like to hear from the Trust.

The by-election will be conducted to the timetable set out below. If you want to stand, you will need to fill in a nomination form - available for download below.

by-election dates to note

Wednesday 13 February
Nominations open

Friday 22 February
Nominations close

Monday 25 February
Manifestoes published on the website

Tuesday 26 February
Voting forms and candidates' manifestoes sent to members

Saturday 1 March
Hustings at home game against Hastings

Friday 21 March
Closing date for voting

Saturday 22 March
Count and announcement of the result

Saturday 29 March
Preliminary report on the by-election in the Horsham programme

If there's anything that isn't clear, or anything you'd like to discuss, drop a line to elections@thedonstrust.org and Tim Hillyer will do his best to help.

We all look forward to a vibrant, contested election.

David Wilkinson

You can read the programme articles here: article one, article two, article three.

Download a nomination form here

Download the new election rules here

The Trust's constitution can be found here.

The conflict of interest policy is available here here.

and the declaration of shareholdings in AFCW PLC form is here.

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view these .pdf documents. Download the latest version here.