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RCN pauses elections after complaints about campaign ‘tactics and behaviours’

Candidates’ campaigns for college president and deputy president roles put on hold
RCN headquarters in Cavendish Square, central London. The RCN is yet to announce a new timetable for the elections

Candidates campaigns for college president and deputy president roles put on hold

The RCN has paused elections for its next president and deputy president after two candidates were disqualified for breaching the election rules.

An email sent out to RCN members on 14 August explains that the college had received complaints about the campaign 'tactics and behaviours' of individual candidates, and evidence that the rules governing the election had been breached.

The email goes on to state that the college has decided to disqualify two candidates and pause the election process.

However, the RCN did not provide any further detail, only stating it would be improper to name the candidates involved or detail the nature of the complaints.

New date for the election yet to be announced

Voting, which was due to start on 1 September, has been

Candidates’ campaigns for college president and deputy president roles put on hold

RCN headquarters in Cavendish Square, central London. The RCN is yet to announce a new timeline for the elections
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The RCN has paused elections for its next president and deputy president after two candidates were disqualified for breaching the election rules.

An email sent out to RCN members on 14 August explains that the college had received complaints about the campaign 'tactics and behaviours' of individual candidates, and evidence that the rules governing the election had been breached.

The email goes on to state that the college has decided to disqualify two candidates and pause the election process.

However, the RCN did not provide any further detail, only stating it would be improper to name the candidates involved or detail the nature of the complaints. 

New date for the election yet to be announced

Voting, which was due to start on 1 September, has been suspended. A new date for the election has yet to be announced.

Candidates must also suspend campaigning for the time being.

Two candidates told Nursing Standard they had been informed that the elections have been paused, but not told what rules were broken.

One candidate added that the news was ‘disappointing’.

Responsibility to ensure an equal and fair election campaign

In an earlier statement on the pausing of the election the college said all trade union elections must comply with rules set out in its policy and process document, which was approved by RCN Council.

This document instructs candidates in what they can and cannot do during the election, with one section detailing that candidates cannot use RCN resources, such as membership data, mailing lists, and RCN publications, to promote their campaign.


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