Professor Marilène Filbet, on behalf of the European Association for Palliative Care Board Election Nominations Group, explains the background to the voting procedure.
The election of the next EAPC Board of Directors for 2015-2019 will take place in May 2015 at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen. A new Board of 13 members will be chosen. In order to properly reflect the Europe-wide scope of the organisation, and the multidisciplinary nature of palliative care, voters are asked to consider carefully the following criteria when voting. In particular, it is important that consideration be given to the following criteria for selection:
- Re-election of current board members eligible to serve a second term because of the need for organisational continuity;
- Representation from as wide a variety of countries as possible;
- Representation from as wide a variety of professional disciplines as possible (at least two of whom must be from a nursing background).
No more than two candidates from each country can be elected. In order to satisfy the criteria listed above, the number of votes alone may not be the sole criteria for election. This is set out in greater detail on the voting paper. Several of the candidates standing for election have already published their profiles on the EAPC blog and more will follow in the run-up to the elections. You can also find information on all candidates on the EAPC website (this web page is visible only to individual and collective members so you will need to login). This will enable you to consider each candidate and what he or she might bring to the EAPC. You will see on the ballot paper, the request that the voter chooses 13 candidates. It is important that individuals and national associations do not just support a single candidate, but should take the broadest possible view and select 13 candidates that they think will best promote the EAPC and develop palliative care into the future. The new Board, once elected for the next four years, will vote for the appointment, from within the board, of a new president and other officers.
In order to vote, subscriptions for the year 2015 must be paid by 30th April 2015. Each member has the right to one voting form. Members may vote by proxy through an authorised person. Voting will take place on Saturday 9th May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm in room 171 at the Copenhagen Conference Centre. Members eligible to vote and other authorised persons must present on this day with identification (EAPC membership card) and if relevant, present proxy forms. They will then be given a card to attend the General Assembly and voting papers for the appropriate number of members (either presenting in person or being represented by proxy). Members can then cast their vote, selecting 13 candidates per voting paper. The results of the election and names of the new EAPC board of directors will be announced at the General Assembly to be held in the Copenhagen Conference Centre on Saturday, 9th May at 6.00pm.
Please take some time to inform yourself about candidates standing for election, consult your colleagues in your National Association and vote to select a vibrant, representative and relevant EAPC board!
The future of the EAPC is in your hands…
Read candidates’ profiles on the EAPC blog
Click here to read posts from some of the candidates standing for election to the EAPC Board. More candidates’ profiles will be published in the run-up to the election.
Are you coming to Copenhagen?
See you at the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May 2015. Download the final programme here. Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2015
Vous venez à Copenhague?
Nous aurons le plaisir de vous accueillir au 14ième Congrès Mondial de l’Association Européenne de Soins Palliatifs à Copenhague au Danemark, du 8 au 10 mai 2015. Suivez-nous sur Twitter @EAPCOnlus avec le hashtag officiel #eapc2015