London, 20 November 2012
CIPR issues further statement on 2013 President-Elect election
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has issued a further statement to members regarding the Election for President-Elect 2013 following a complaint about a late nomination.
On Monday afternoon the CIPR Council took steps to call a fresh election for the position of 2013 President Elect.
I want to take this opportunity now to apologise to both candidates, who put a tremendous amount of effort into their campaigns and to all members, particularly those who voted in what they believed to be a valid election. In this instance, we did not meet the high standards that our members expect of the CIPR.
At the close of nominations at noon on 24 September only one candidate had been nominated and they were informed that they stood unopposed. That evening, an appeal to consider a late nomination was submitted to me and then considered by the CIPR President. The late nomination was received and considered in good faith and flexibility on the deadline was allowed on this basis. The election then proceeded with two candidates.
In the week following the announcement of the election result, a complaint was made about the decision to allow the late nomination. In line with the CIPR's election regulations, a report was prepared for Council about the complaint. Council voted to take action based on the late nomination and a fresh election has been called. The basis of this decision was that there is no provision in the CIPR election regulations for the deadline for nominations to be appealed and that the decision to allow the late nomination invalidated the election.
This was a tough decision for Council to make and one which they knew could cause immediate reputational damage to the CIPR and the trust in its processes and procedures. In reaching this decision, I believe that the CIPR Council has put a requirement for transparency, an adherence to our Regulations and the long-term trust of our members as their first priority.
I am sorry for the reputational damage caused to the CIPR by our original decision. Council's action is the first step to rebuilding trust in our election process.
Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR CEO
To further clarify this important issue, the CIPR has produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the CIPR website.
Notes to editors
About the fresh election for CIPR President-Elect 2013
The CIPR expects that the fresh election, starting with a new nominations process, will begin in early 2013, as under current CIPR election regulations there is a requirement for the election to be ran over a period of 68 days. The CIPR currently estimates the cost of the fresh election to be no greater than £2,000.
About the CIPR
The CIPR is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With 9,500 members involved in all aspects of PR, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.