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Election April 2008

The election results were announced in April 2008 and a summary is available here or the full results are downloadable as follows:

ConstituencyGovernors neededResult
Support Staff*
Allied Health Professional/Healthcare Scientist
Medical & Dental Practitioners
Public: Colchester
Public: Tendring
Public: Halstead

History of April 2008 election

The election was announced on 25 January 2008. So who exactly stood for election as a governor? Well on 29 February 2008, we announced that the Notice of Election for the Members' Council of our Trust was announced by the AEA.

The AEA sent the statement of persons nominated to all valid candidates and the Trust displayed posters around the hospital sites.

The Returning Officer declared that these candidates had been validly nominated.

There were elections in all but one area (Support Staff) as only one person stood so this candidate was elected without contest.

But for all the other public and staff constituencies there was a postal ballot, run by the AEA. The AEA are a key player in the electoral field and are recognised by the Electoral Commission and several government departments as experts. The AEA has experience of conducting municipal, national parliamentary and European parliamentary elections, along with referenda and by-elections.

The Returning Officer declared that elections would be held for the given number of Governors in the constituencies/classes listed in this document.

From mid-March 2008 relevant postal ballot papers were issued to all members* to their home addresses. For instance, in the Public Colchester constituency there were 28 people standing where we need five public governors. So, if you were a public member falling under the Colchester constituency you got a ballot paper with 28 names on it and have five votes to allocate. The others were as follows:

ConstituencyGovernors neededNumber standing
Support Staff11
AHP/Healthcare Scientist13
Medical & Dental Practitioners14

Remember: an individual who is a member of a constituency may not be a member of any other constituency. So staff remain as staff and can't vote in the public elections.

The final day for receipt of postal ballot papers was 10 April 2008 and they were sent back to the Association of Electoral Administrators AEA in Liverpool.

Counting of votes April 2008 election

The counting of the votes and notification of result to the Trust was announced on 14 April 2008.

The election results were announced in April 2008 and a summary is available here or the full results are listed at the top of this page

(Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust became Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust on 1 May 2008.)

For advice or more details please call the Membership Helpline.

* Members eligible to vote are defined as everyone who was listed as a member on or before 21 February 2008 (when the nominations for governor closed). But remember, voting papers were not sent to Support Staff, as explained above.