It is once again time for the Green Party of Manitoba (GPM) members to elect the leader and officers of the party that will lead the GPM for the next two years, according to our Constitution and By-Laws. The positions to be elected are Leader, President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Development Co-ordinator, Election Planning Co-ordinator, Youth Representative, Northern Manitoba Representative, South Western Manitoba Representative, South Eastern Manitoba Representative, and Winnipeg Representative.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be an online event on November 28th, 2020. Voting will be conducted via mail-in ballots ahead of time, as outlined below, and the results announced at the AGM.
If you want to put your name forward for a position, you must do so on or before 11:59 PM CST on October 14th, 2020. Please see below for more information on how to submit your candidacy.
Where and when is the meeting?
The meeting will be online only via Zoom on November 28th. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link a few days before the meeting.
How can I vote?
Voting will be via mail-in ballot. Ballots will be mailed out from the middle of October to the end of October. To ensure you get your ballot early, do not wait until the last minute to renew your membership.
Members will be responsible for ensuring that ballots are received at the GPM post-office box on or before Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
In order to be eligible to vote you must be a member in good standing on or before October 29, 2020. Please contact email@example.com to enquire as to the status of your membership.
How will the vote be counted?
The vote will be counted on November 26th, 2020. Executive Council has appointed Doug Tingey to serve as electoral officer who will be responsible for counting the votes. Candidates running for election will also be provided the opportunity to send scrutineers to watch the vote counting process.
How can I engage with the candidates ahead of the vote?
The biographies/statements provided by each candidate will be placed on our website, and the Green Party of Manitoba will be hosting a Zoom meet and greet on October 18th to provide an opportunity for the membership to meet the prospective candidates. Further details TBA.
Who can run?
You must be a member in good standing to run for GPM Council positions, but the rules are slightly different depending on whether you wish to run for leader or another council position.
What are the special requirements for leadership contestants?
Leadership contests must be conducted in accordance with the rules established by Elections Manitoba. All leadership contestants must have been a member in good standing as of November 28, 2019. Candidates must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org declaring their intention to run for leader on or before October 14th, 2020. Please contact email@example.com for further information regarding the leadership contest.
What about other council positions?
Contestants for other council positions (President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Coordinator, Elections Planning Coordinator, Youth Representative, and Regional Representatives) must submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org declaring their intention to run and what position they intend to run for on or before October 14th, 2020. Please contact email@example.com for further information regarding running for Council.
What are the job descriptions for each position?
Leader – The party leader shall be elected to serve as the main spokesperson for the party on political matters. They shall not hold another office in the Green Party of Manitoba while serving as party leader.
President – The president shall be responsible for the internal administration of the party. They shall issue general meeting and council meeting notices and draft agendas, assist party committees to perform their tasks and carry out any tasks or functions assigned by the party or the executive council.
Treasurer – The treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs, records, and accounts of the party and regularly present financial information to council. They shall also present both a written financial statement and annual budget to the GPM annual convention.
Secretary – The secretary shall be responsible for all written and other records of the party, including the maintaining of the party’s minutes, resolutions, and internal party and Manitoba Legislative Assembly election results, but excepting those records required by law to be kept by the treasurer or financial officer. It will be the responsibility of the secretary to update and reprint the constitution in a timely fashion to incorporate constitutional amendments adopted by the membership. It will also be the responsibility of the secretary to compile all administrative directives adopted at a general meeting and add them to standing document entitled “Green Party of Manitoba Administrative Directives”, noting the date of adoption by the membership.
Membership Development Co-ordinator – membership co-ordinator shall be responsible for maintaining the Party’s membership registry and database of supporters. They shall co-ordinate the work of the party’s membership development committee and guide the committee in developing and implementing: a) membership recruitment and retention programs; and b) work with the communications committee on various in-reach strategies to communicate effectively with the Party membership.
Election Planning Co-ordinator – The election planning co-ordinator shall be responsible for guiding the Party in developing and maintaining constituency associations, organizing election training schools, assisting with candidate recruitment and nomination, and other election readiness activities. In election years, the election planning co-ordinator will function as the Party’s central campaign chair.
Regional Representatives – The regional representative shall be responsible for advocating for residents in the region they represent on all governance decisions made by the executive council. They shall be responsible for implementing initiatives to organize and mobilize members in their regions, and encourage these members to be active within the party. Regional representatives shall also be responsible for assisting the Elections Planning Co-ordinator in their responsibilities of i) developing and maintaining constituency associations, and ii) candidate recruitment and nomination. Regional representatives are required to reside in the region which they represent for a minimum of one year of their two-year election term.
Youth Representative – The youth representative shall be responsible for advocating for youth on all governance decisions made by the executive council. They shall be responsible for organizing initiatives to organize and mobilize youth. They shall also engage the youth membership (members under 30) in activities within the party, and encourage youth members to be active on committees within the party. The youth representative shall be less than 30 years of age at the time of their election to council.