David Martin introduced this paper and explained why there is currently an issue with electing equal numbers of men and women into the Open Union Councillor positions; the committee were asked to decided which method of electing the 11th position should be used.
The committee discussed the following two options:
- After the allocation of the five highest-placed men and women to the first 10 positions, the 11th place will be given to the candidate with the next-highest number of votes.
- Alternatively, the representation of men and women across the rest of the membership of Union Council will be examined, and the 11th position allocated to the next highest-placed candidate whose gender is under-represented. If the representation is already balanced, then the 11th place will be given to the candidate with the next highest number of votes'.
After discussion, the committee moved to a vote; two members voted for option two and two members abstained.
It was therefore decided that solution two would be the best option in practice and more in line with current policy.
David Martin then asked the committee how these elections should be held: as one election or as two seperate elections. The committee moved to a vote: one member voted for holding a single election and three members voted for holding two seperate elections.
The committee voted in favour of holding two seperate elections.