Voting System

What is our voting system and how does it work?

We are a truly national women's organisation and so we make sure we reflect that through our voting system. There are twenty places on the National Committee.  Sometimes we have more than twenty women though as women can job share.

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Women are all elected to serve the whole of Scotland but so we have women from all geographical areas of Scotland, we reserve sixteen places on the committee for women who live or work in Scotland's eight Scottish Parliament regions.  Two women from each region are elected.  The last four places are for women who were not elected through the regional places or who live outwith Scotland.

The eight regions are the same as the Scottish Parliament regions (and so relate to the same constituencies within those regions :  Central Scotland; Glasgow; Highlands and Islands; Lothian; Mid Scotland and Fife; North East Scotland;  South Scotland; West Scotland. 

You can check what constituency and region you live or work in here. 

How are women elected to the WFI National Committee?

Members vote for up to 20 women (a job share pair are one vote). Where there are only one or two candidates standing in a region then they would be elected automatically.  In that case, members would vote to elect the remaining women.

So an election might look like this -

Name Region or Outwith Scotland Votes Reason Elected/Not Elected Elected

Anna     

Central Scotland

Unopposed

Elected 1st  Central Scotland

1

Farah

Mid Scotland and Fife

Unopposed

Elected 1st Mid Scotland & Fife

2

Theresa

Mid Scotland and Fife

Unopposed

Elected 2nd Mid Scotland & Fife

3

Eilidh

South Scotland

432

Elected 1st South Scotland

4

Zoe

Glasgow

429

Elected 1st Glasgow

5

Olivia

Lothian

419

Elected 1st Lothian

6

Wendy

North East Scotland

415

Elected 1st NE Scotland

7

Yvonne

Highlands and Islands

408

Elected 1st Highlands & Islands

8

Bella

Glasgow

402

Elected 2nd Glasgow

9

Julie

Highlands and Islands

388

Elected 2nd Highlands & Islands

10

Davina

West Scotland

376

Elected 1st West Scotland

11

Shabnam

Lothian

364

Elected 2nd Lothian

12

Gillian

North East Scotland

357

Elected 2nd NE Scotland

13

Xanthe

Glasgow

338

Elected extra 4 places

16

Heather

South Scotland

330

Elected 2nd South Scotland

14

Irene

North East Scotland

319

Elected extra 4 places

17

Paula/Ava (job share)

Glasgow

305

Elected extra 4 places

18

Roshni

South Scotland

300

Elected extra 4 places

19

Katie

Outwith Scotland

296

Not elected - no places left

 

Laura

West Scotland

258

Elected 2nd West Scotland

15

Melissa

Lothian

241

Not elected - no places left

 

Norma

Glasgow

236

Not elected - no places left

 

Caroline

Lothian

220

Not elected - no places left

 

Qiana

Glasgow

214

Not elected - no places left

 

Violet

West Scotland

211

Not elected - no places left

 

 

In this case you will see that we have one place left. That is because we only had one candidate for Central Scotland.  We will need to move to a by-election to fill that place and women who live or work in the Central Scotland region will be able to stand.

Sometimes women have to stand down after election but before the end of their term.  If we can fill the vacancy from the women who stood at the original election but were not elected then we will.  We only use a by-election to fill spots where no women on our original list qualifies. 

Looking at our list, here are some examples of what would need to happen in various scenarios.

  1. A by- election needs to take place for the 2nd place in the Central Scotland region.
  2. If Olivia from Lothian stands down then Melissa who also is from Lothian but was not elected would fill her spot as the next person from Lothian region.
  3. If Heather from South Scotland region stands down then Roshni who is also from South Scotland but was elected in one of the 4 extra places, would now become the 2nd woman elected from South Scotland. Katie who had been unelected would fill Roshni’s place.  That’s because Katie had gained the highest number of votes of those not elected.
  4. Theresa from Mid Scotland and Fife stands down so there then needs to be a by-election as there were only two women who stood for Mid Scotland and Fife in the election.
  5. Where any member elected as one of the four extra places no longer fills that place, it would be filled by the next unelected woman from the original election.
  6. If there are no spare women from the four extra places then we would have a by-election and any member could stand.

 

 

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