Boaters and boating businesses are being called on to cast their votes for their six representatives on the Canal & River Trust’s Council as voting opens today (13 November 2015). Volunteers and employees of the Trust will also be voting for one candidate to fill each of the volunteer and employee places. A further place will be held by a Friend of the Trust, who this time round will be co-opted by the Trust’s Appointments Committee.
The Council is made up of 40 nominated, co-opted or elected members as well as the Chairs of 11 regional waterway partnerships. Together they reflect the wide appeal of the waterways – from boating and angling through to walking and conservation. The Council is responsible for the appointment of Trustees, helps to shape policies and provides guidance and perspective to Trustees.
Electoral Reform Services (ERS), which is managing the process independently of the Trust, will email a unique login to everyone eligible to vote (and send a login code by post to people without email). Voters have four weeks until midnight on Friday 11 December to login to cast their vote online at www.votebyinternet.com/CRTelections2015.
The results will be announced on Monday 14 December and the elected candidates will take up their voluntary posts on the Council for four years starting in March 2016.
People can read the candidates’ manifestos at www.votebyinternet.com/CRTelections2015.
More information about the Council and the elections can be found at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/councilelections2015
(The above is a press release from C&RT. Conspicuously friends are not being included in the voting, as no candidate received sufficient nominations to be included – perhaps we as a society should chase this more actively for the next election)