This morning comes news this statement from the party's electoral returning officer (ERO):
The party's executive says it is taking legal advice over allegations made in the email.
A contractor working with the party overstepped their authority by sending a message to all local parties making allegations against one of the candidates for External Communications Co-ordinator without that candidate having any possibility of a right to reply. I am treating this as illegal canvassing by that contractor.
This situation is so serious that it has prejudiced the fairness of the postal ballot for External Communications Co-ordinator.
I refer all members to the following section in the Election rules:
5 Conduct of other party members
5.1 Rules of conduct
The ERO has no redress against members who are not candidates in the election. A candidate should not be disqualiﬁed due to the actions of another member, unless it is clear that member has acted with the approval of the candidate. However, if, in the opinion of the ERO, the actions of a third party may have materially affected the result of the election, the ERO may declare the election void.
As ERO, with the support of the Standing Orders Committee (SOC), I have taken the decision to call off the postal ballot for the position of External Communications Co-ordinator.
This was not a decision taken lightly.
The election for Chair of the Green party executive is not affected and will continue as normal.
Nominations for the position of External Communications Co-ordinator will re-open at conference, as for other GPEx positions where there were one or zero nominations.
There will be no campaigning allowed for the position of External Communications Co-ordinator until nominations close at conference.Valid candidates' nominations already submitted will still stand, unless they withdraw, but will be treated in the same way as valid nominations for any other position being re-opened at conference.
These decisions were made with the support of SOC.
So much for the Green Party representing a clean new form of politics.