PCC Elections at APCM 2013

Due to the changes agreed at last year’s APCM, PCC Elections are going to be a complicated process this year – hopefully this explanatory note will be helpful.

Last year’s APCM agreed that the PCC shall consist of Licensed Clergy, two Churchwardens, three Deanery Synod members (elected for a 3 year term of office) and other members elected at 3 for the first 100 members on the electoral roll (currently 9) and a further 3 per 100 or part thereof up to a maximum of 12. That would result in 12 elected members and a total PCC size of 20. It is also proposed that the elected members of PCC should serve for a maximum continuous period of three years with 1/3 of members retiring each year. It was also agreed that after a PCC member has served a 3 year term of office, they shall not be eligible for reelection for one year. If, however, a PCC member is also a major office holder (e.g. Treasurer or Chair of Finance) then they may be co-opted to the PCC in subsequent years in order to retain continuity of office.

The PCC will also be organised in such a way as to ensure that no less that 40% of its membership represents either one of the churches. Having sought advice from the Diocese, it has been agreed that in order to achieve this end, for this year only we will effectively need to hold 3 separate elections.

Election 1:

To elect 4 members to serve on the PCC for 3 years – 2 to be from All Saints and 2 to be from Ss Philip & James. The vote will be held as normal. Each elector may vote for 4 candidates from either church and the top 2 candidates from All Saints are elected, and the top 2 candidates from Ss Philip & James are elected.

Election 2:

To elect 4 members to serve on the PCC for 2 years – 2 to be from All Saints and 2 to be from Ss Philip & James. The vote will be held as normal. Each elector may vote for 4 candidates from either church and the top 2 candidates from All Saints are elected, and the top 2 candidates from Ss Philip & James are elected.

Election 3:

To elect 4 members to serve on the PCC for 1 year. The vote will be held as normal. Each elector may vote for 4 candidates from either church and the top candidate from All Saints will be elected, and the top candidate from Ss Philip & James will be elected. The next 2 highest scorers, regardless of which church they come from, are also elected.
Candidates can stand in as many or as few of the elections as they wish. For example, if candidates only want to serve for 1 year then they shouldn’t stand in the first 2 elections.
The Diocese has provided new nomination forms this year (to be found at the backs of the churches) which must be completed by those wishing to stand, and returned to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Those standing for election are asked to write a short paragraph (not more than 100 words) stating what they feel they can bring to the PCC, attach a Photograph and send to the Parish Office, ideally by email. These statements will be provided to the meeting for perusal prior to the election. If anyone stands at the last minute they will be asked to deliver their statement verbally to the meeting before
the election takes place.

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