The election process
The procedure for electing members of the ECPR Executive Committee will involve three successive stages: nominations, endorsements, and final ballot. Each stage is organised electronically via the My ECPR area on the website. Those wishing to take part in any of the stages, therefore, must have a My ECPR account.
All three stages are carried out under the supervision of the Speaker of the ECPR Council, Thomas Poguntke in his capacity as Senior Returning Officer.
Each of the three stages is announced at least one week in advance of the starting date on the ECPR website, and by email to all Official Representatives of full-member institutions.
16 October – 17 November 2023
Nominations must come from the candidates themselves; candidates may add a portrait photo and statement of up to 500 words, covering basic biographical information, as well as their motivation for standing for election. Nominees shall be listed in the order in which they posted their nominations on the website.
4 December 2023 – 5 January 2024
During the endorsement stage, Official Representatives (OR) from Full Member institutions are invited to endorse up to three candidates from the list of nominees within each election, i.e., three female and three male candidates.
For inclusion on the final ballot, a nominee must:
- Receive at least five endorsements;
- Have endorsements from ORs of Full Member institutions in at least two countries; and
- Have endorsements from one female and one male OR of Full Member institutions.
All endorsements will be visible to Official Representatives within the My ECPR section of the website.
22 January – 23 February 2024
Those receiving sufficient endorsements will go through to the final ballot where ORs from Full Member institutions will be invited to vote.
The electoral system to be used is Single Transferable Vote (Scottish variant). Official Representatives 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. Pursuant to the STV method, preference votes will be tallied and transferred until all vacancies are either filled or until preferences are exhausted (at which point any remaining vacancies will be awarded to those candidates with the highest vote tallies).
Candidates are declared elected as soon as the Senior Returning Officer has certified the results. Following certification, all candidates are informed of the results by the Senior Returning Officer. If the results are not challenged within a week of the candidates having been informed, they are final and are made public on the ECPR website.
The six newly elected EC members will take office on May 1, 2023 and will join the EC at its Spring meeting as part of the handover procedures.