Help: How voting will work

1. To be eligible to vote, staff must be employed under a permanent academic contract that is either full-time or part-time, and must be in post during the period of the Election.

2. Staff eligible to vote will receive instructions on voting procedure on or before Tuesday 11th Nov.

3. When you vote you will be asked to rank candidates in order of preference (1, 2, 3 etc) rather than by making a single choice with a cross (X).

4. Put a "1" beside the candidate you like best, then a "2" beside your second choice, "3" beside your third choice and so on. You can express preferences for as many or as few candidates as you like.

5. The numbers you use must be in sequence. If you make a mistake, your vote will be valid up to when you made the error - for example, if you miss out a "3" and just rank 1, 2, and 4, only your first two preferences will be valid.

6. The Election will be conducted using a preferential voting system called the Instant Runoff Voting system. If your first choice has already won enough votes to be elected, or is eliminated as a result of having the least number of votes, then your vote is transferred to your second choice and potentially on to your third choice and so on, until one candidate has been elected.

7. As the voting will be conducted on-line, it will not be possible to 'spoil' a ballot paper.

8. After the close of voting, the winner will be decided using the following process:


For all questions about the elections, contact the Returning Officer: Alex Turnbull, Secretariat & Management Services (Napier) on 455 6408 or email

Or the Returning Officer: John McDermott, Secretariat & Management Services (Napier) on 455 6402 or email

Vote 1: login

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Warning Boxes

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Vote 2: ballot form (Single Transferable Vote Instant Runoff Elections)

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Vote 3: confirm successful vote

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