CIPR Election 2015 – Declaration of Result

On 2 October voting was stopped in the CIPR election for President-Elect because one candidate, Andy Green FCIPR, had withdrawn his candidacy. His withdrawal followed shortly after he had been disqualified and he had given notice of his intention to appeal, as is set out in the regulations for elections.

While a decision by the Returning Officer is under appeal, an election should proceed as normal: then, if the appeal panel overturns that decision, the disagreement need have no impact on the outcome of the election.

However on 2 October, a day after giving notice of his intention to appeal, Andy Green withdrew from the contest. As only one candidate remained voting was closed, but until the appeal had been heard no result could be declared.

Andy Green’s appeal has been heard by an independent panel, which has now concluded its work and decided to uphold the decision to disqualify him. The panel’s decision means the remaining candidate, Jason Mackenzie, is now declared duly elected as President-Elect for 2016.

Because of Andy Green’s withdrawal the number of votes cast is immaterial to the result, but at the time voting closed, votes had been cast as follows:

  • Electorate: 7,881
  • Votes Cast: 919 (11.7%)
  • Votes cast for Andy Green: 385
  • Votes cast for Jason MacKenzie: 534

Further information on the Election including an updated Q&A can be found on the CIPR website. Members with any further questions regarding the election are invited to email

Alastair McCapra, Returning Officer, 27 October 2015

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

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