Announcements

Election of Members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Further to the announcement in yesterday’s Business Bulletin, elections for membership of the SPCB will take place this morning. Nomination forms are available from the Parliamentary Business Team in T1.03 and must be returned by 10.30 am. Voting procedure is below.

Where the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies

The Presiding Officer will invite members to agree that there be a single vote to elect all the candidates. If all members agree that there should be a single vote, the Presiding Officer will read out the names of the candidates. After all the names are read out, members may vote for or against the candidates, or abstain.

The candidates will be elected if there is a simple majority of votes in favour of their election. The candidates will be eliminated from the election if a simple majority of votes in favour of their election is not obtained.

If any member disagrees to a single question being put, a separate vote will be called for each candidate in alphabetical order. Members may vote for or against each candidate, or abstain. The candidate will be elected if he or she obtains a simple majority of votes in his or her favour.

Where there are more candidates than the number of vacancies

Members will be asked to cast their vote for their preferred candidate. A separate vote will be called for each candidate in alphabetical order.

Members must vote once only and only use their "yes" button when voting. If any Member casts more than one vote, their votes will be treated as spoiled, and none of their votes will count. Any member wishing to record an abstention will have an opportunity to do so at the end of voting for the candidates.

Once all voting has been completed, there will be a short delay of a few minutes while the result is verified. The Presiding Officer will then announce: the number of votes cast; the votes for each of the candidates; and the votes to abstain. A candidate will be elected if an overall majority is obtained. If no majority is obtained, the candidate or candidates with the smallest number of votes will be eliminated and a further round or rounds of voting will take place until the vacancy is filled.

Where there are fewer candidates than the number of vacancies

Voting will proceed in the same manner as if the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies. Under Rule 11.10A.19 of Standing Orders, the Presiding Officer will announce that the total number of vacancies has not been filled and a further election for the remaining candidates will be held. The date and time will be announced in the Business Bulletin.

General Question Time, 9 June 2011

Members should note that the deadline for submitting names for General Question Time on Thursday 9 June is today at 12.00 pm. Members whose names are selected will be notified today and their names will appear in the Business Bulletin on Thursday 26 May. They will then have until 12 noon on Wednesday 1 June to lodge questions with the Chamber Desk in accordance with Rule 13.6A.4 of Standing Orders.