NEWS-BITE | PR | Trade Bodies: The Chartered Institute Of PR has said that it will restage the election for its 2014 President, who will spend 2013 in the President Elect position, after a complaint was made about the fact that, ahead of the recent vote, the winning candidate was allowed to put himself forward shortly after the nominations deadline.
Lionel Zetter of APCO Worldwide took 54% of the vote in the recent poll of CIPR members to become the PR trade body’s new President Elect, beating Miti Ampoma. But earlier this week the Institute admitted that it shouldn’t have allowed Zetter to put himself forward for the election after the deadline for nominations in September, and that by doing so his subsequent election should be declared void. A new election will now be held in the new year, though it’s not clear if either Zetter or Ampoma will stand again.
Confirming the decision of the trade body’s ruling Council, CIPR CEO Jane Wilson, who in consultation with the body’s Chairman accepted the late nomination earlier this year, told the Institute’s members this week: “I want to take this opportunity now to apologise to both candidates, who put a tremendous amount of effort into their campaigns and to all members, particularly those who voted in what they believed to be a valid election. In this instance, we did not meet the high standards that our members expect of the CIPR”.
Wilson continued: “This was a tough decision for [the CIPR] Council to make and one which they knew could cause immediate reputational damage to the CIPR and the trust in its processes and procedures. [But] in reaching this decision, I believe that the CIPR Council has put a requirement for transparency, an adherence to our regulations and the long-term trust of our members as their first priority. I am sorry for the reputational damage caused to the CIPR by our original decision. Council’s action is the first step to rebuilding trust in our election process”
A report into the recent election used by the CIPR Council to make its decision this week also included some recommendations on improving the body’s voting processes.