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RCN presidential election: college sets date for extraordinary general meeting

Members will be able to discuss the disqualification of two candidates

Members will be able to discuss the disqualification of two candidates in the colleges presidential election

RCN headquarters in Cavendish Square, London

The extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the RCN regarding the disqualification of two candidates in the colleges presidential election has been set for 27 November.

Election was suspended after candidates breached college rules

The election was suspended in August after two candidates, incumbent president Dame Anne Marie Rafferty and Stuart McKenzie, were disqualified for breaking college rules concerning the use of RCN resources during the campaign, in this case its social media platforms and virtual branch meetings.

Members will be able to discuss the disqualification of two candidates in the college’s presidential election

RCN headquarters in Cavendish Square, London. The college has set  a date for an extraordinary general meeting on its presidential election

RCN headquarters in Cavendish Square, London

The extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the RCN regarding the disqualification of two candidates in the college’s presidential election has been set for 27 November.

Election was suspended after candidates breached college rules

The election was suspended in August after two candidates, incumbent president Dame Anne Marie Rafferty and Stuart McKenzie, were disqualified for breaking college rules concerning the use of RCN resources during the campaign, in this case its social media platforms and virtual branch meetings.

These disqualifications prompted at least 1,000 RCN members to sign a petition calling for an EGM.

The agenda of the meeting, which will be held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the instructions for joining will be announced in the coming weeks.

RCN Council welcomes open conversation with members

The chair of RCN Council, the college’s governing body, Dave Dawes said he was looking forward to the meeting and having an open and honest conversation with members.

‘Council very much wants to hear from members and we are happy putting these key decisions in the hands of the membership,’ he said.

‘We want a conversation with the membership about the governance challenges and this general meeting will form part of that ongoing conversation.’

Independent review of election process

Since the petition from RCN members calling for an EGM, the college has announced an independent review of the presidential election process and further research exploring issues raised in a governance review.


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