Remaining candidates withdraw from RCN presidential elections

The news comes only hours after members submitted a petition calling for an Emergency General Meeting to be held on the issues.

Matt Bodell
2 September 2020
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The election will be nullified and will start again afresh.

All candidates for President of the Royal College of Nursing have now either withdrawn or been disqualified from the race.

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The two remain candidates have withdrawn after Stuart McKenzie and current President Prof Anne Marie Rafferty were controversially disqualified for alleged “rule violations” last month. 

The news comes only hours after members submitted a petition calling for an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) to be held to address the issues. 

An email sent to member by Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, this afternoon confirmed the news.

The email also outlined that complaints made about the two remaining candidates had not been upheld by the unions Returning Officer.

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The email reads; “the remaining two candidates have now chosen to withdraw from the election. This means we will now run a new RCN Presidential election, starting afresh.”

“Council will also separately elect a new chair and vice chair, before agreeing a timeline for the elections of your RCN President.

“They will also consider the implications on the existing RCN Deputy President election. I will work with the newly elected chair to ensure the process is taken forward as swiftly and smoothly as possible.”

Dame Kinnair goes on to explain that the submitted petition will be verified.

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