Our Council is made up of Official Representatives of ECPR Member institutions, who play a crucial role in the organisation’s governance. It is chaired by our Speaker of Council, who serves a three-year term.
With the term of the current Speaker of Council, Thomas Poguntke, coming to an end on 30 April 2022, elections for the next Speaker of Council will take place over the coming months.
Rules for electing the Speaker of the ECPR Council
Certain rules regarding nominee eligibility have been updated and clarified from past procedure.
While any affiliate of a Full ECPR Member institution may nominate themselves for election as Speaker of Council, the successful candidate must be the Official Representative (OR) for their institution at the time of taking office. If a candidate is not already an OR, at the time of making their nomination they must provide confirmation from their institution and incumbent OR if applicable, that they will take on the role upon election.
The Speaker’s term runs from 1 May to 30 April and is for three years, non-concurrent with the Executive Committee term. The Speaker’s term, therefore, runs 1 May 2022 – 30 April 2025 and so on.
The procedure for electing the Speaker of Council involves three successive stages: nominations, endorsements and final voting. Each is organised electronically via your My ECPR account of the ECPR website. The timeline of the election is designed to deliver the results by 1 April latest, to allow for the handover of responsibilities.
The three stages are as follows:
Any Affiliate from a Full Member institution shall be allowed to post their name on the ECPR website as a possible candidate for the position of Speaker of the ECPR Council. Nominations must come from the individuals themselves; no indirect nominations (e.g. by other individuals or Standing Groups) will be possible, though nominees may list in their accompanying statement any pre-endorsements from a Standing Group or other association.
When making their nomination, the nominee will be allowed to add a statement of up to 500 words, covering basic biographical information, the motivation for standing for election, and any pre-endorsements.
If the Nominee is not currently an Official Representative (OR) they must provide confirmation from their institution and the incumbent OR if applicable, that they will take on the role of OR should they be elected. Nominees shall be listed in the order in which their nominations were posted on the website.
Nominations open 1 December 2021 – 2 January 2022.
All Official Representatives of Full Member institutions will be asked to endorse a candidate for the final ballot, based on the following rules:
- Each OR may endorse one nominee.
- For inclusion on the final electoral ballot, a nominee must:
- receive at least five endorsements;
- have endorsements from ORs in at least two countries; and
- have endorsements from more than one gender.
- Endorsements will be public.
If at the conclusion of either the nomination or endorsement period, an insufficient number of candidates are moved forward, the Senior Returning Officer shall have the right to extend the period for nomination and/or endorsement, and to postpone the voting period, in order to ensure that enough candidates are on the ballot. Nominees or candidates may also withdraw their names at any time before the final voting by sending a message to the Senior Returning Officer.
Endorsement period is from 17 January – 13 February 2022.
Once the final ballot of candidates has been determined, all Official Representatives of Full Member institutions will be asked to vote for their preferred candidates. The Alternative Vote electoral system shall be used. ORs will be asked to rank-order their preferred candidates. The minimum number of candidates to be rank-ordered for a vote to be valid is one.
There is no maximum to the number of candidates that may be rank-ordered. Pursuant to the AV-method, preference votes will be tallied and transferred until a candidate receives an absolute majority (50% + one vote) of the valid votes.
Final voting takes place from 28 February – 26 March 2022.