Casual Lay Election to General Synod 2018
A casual lay vacancy has arisen on General Synod. The Synod is part way through its 5 year term and the vacancy is for a place that will be held until the next full election in 2020.
Any lay person in the Diocese, subject to the conditions below, can stand for election. The anticipated timetable for the elections in the Diocese of Exeter is that nominations will be invited from Monday 26th March 2018 and the nomination period will close on Tuesday 24th April. Voting will open on Tuesday 8th May and close on Tuesday 5th June.
The General Synod meets each year for up to five days (usually fewer) in February in London and over a long weekend in July at the University of York. November meetings are only called if business requires it (up to three weekdays in London). The first ‘group of sessions’ that successful candidates may attend is therefore from 6th to 10th July 2018.
Who can stand for election?
A lay person can stand for election if, when the call for nominations is sent out, they are:
- an actual communicant;
- aged at least eighteen;
- either on the church electoral roll of any parish in the diocese; or in the case of the cathedral of the diocese, if not a parish church, on the community roll.
Unlike electors, candidates need not be members of a deanery synod.
Who votes in the election and can nominate candidates?
Candidates need to find a proposer and seconder from among those qualified to be electors. Proposers and seconders must be lay electors qualified as such at 6.00 a.m. on Monday 26th March 2018. The lay electors are the members of the houses of laity of all the deanery synods in the diocese at that same time, other than the co-opted members and persons who are members of a religious community with representation in the General Synod.
Nomination papers will be sent directly to those eligible to vote on Monday 26th March. The diocesan office will also be able to provide you with nomination papers if you are not yourself an elector. If you are not an elector and would like to request a nomination form, or if you are an elector and would like to receive your nomination paper electronically rather than by post, please do email and request one. The Presiding Officer can also be contacted by post at The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS.
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