Today a Special Conference was held to consider Rule Changes to provide for union elections to be held by secure electronic means or by the
traditional ballot box vote. The Conference unanimously voted in favour of the proposed Rule changes which provide for the National
Committee to determine whether an election is to be held by secure electronic means or to be held by the traditional ballot box vote. The
option only applies to elections with all other votes remain to being undertaken as traditional ballot or postal votes.
Electronic voting has been a long time coming with electronic voting as a method for conducting union elections having been a hot topic in
remits and conference discussions over the past few years. The option has been widely supported and Conference has twice determined to
hold trials, the last under Covid-19 restrictions, as a prudent path to ensure the election was accessible as well as secure.
This is a historic vote for the Union and one that has been preceded by prudent considerations, trials and discussions.
The Rule changes will now be registered.