How to get elected
Each region is elected on a three year cycle with the number of seats fixed by the number of CTC members in the region. Vacancies are advertised in the CTC magazine giving members about a month to register a nomination. A candidate does not have to live in a region, but must be supported by members who do.
If there are not enough candidates to cause an election an appointment is made after the closing date, if not the names of candidates are put to a ballot of members in their region. This is done via a ballot paper inserted in the next magazine edition, and in turn members have about a month to respond. The whole cycle can therefore take about three months.
Candidates can submit a personal statement of up to 500 words with the ballot paper and are able to circulate any electoral materials they wish, however this must be at their own expense. There is no need to be put off if you are not active in a local cycling network, we have found that CTC members respond well to the information in your electoral statement and will elect members from a wide range of backgrounds.
A nomination form has to be completed by all candidates. This requires you to collect five signatures from current CTC members living in the region. Some candidates may find that they are not sure who their local CTC members are. Current CTC councillors will always offer to help new candidates and we specifically offer to help find signatories if you would find this difficult. Most candidates find completion of the form an ideal opportunity to start local networking and will make contact with their local CTC group to discuss a candidacy, and most non CTC clubs and campaign groups have a lot of individual CTC members in their numbers.
If you want any help or advice you are encouraged to contact a current national councillor or a national officer such as the Chair of Council or the Chief Executive. Their details are available from CTC Head Office.
Nominations are now being sought for councillors for the South West, North East, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and Overseas. Completed nomination forms must be received by the Returning Officer at CTC National Office not later than 12 August 2013.