So, you want to run for a post that’s currently open for nominations (the full list is here) but you’re not sure how to get started?
We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the process and get nominated.
Step 1: Pick the post(s) you’d like to run for and would be best suited for.
Hopefully, you’ll find at least one post that both sounds interesting to you and that you’ve got some good skills or experience for. Your fellow members will particularly be looking for people with relevant knowledge to bring to the team, so it’s worth thinking carefully about this. You can be imaginative too - often skills learnt in one context can be very useful in a very different one!
Step 2: Work out why someone should nominate you.
Write down a short statement on what skills you have that match the role you’re going for and why you’re interested in it. Bear in mind that members might be getting a lot of these, so being concise will make it more likely your message gets read!
Step 3: Submit your papers
Next, make sure you can get nominated. Complete your nomination papers (which can be found here).
If you need help completing the form, just email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help out.
Step 4: Get your nominations
There’s a couple of ways to do this.
Firstly, if you have members who are friends of yours, you can ask them to nominate you. To do this they'll need to go to www.libdems.org.uk/nominate and request their code.
They'll then be emailed a second form where they can nominate you and you'll get an email confirming that they've done that.
You can also post in the Internal Elections Discussion Group with your statement of why you should be nominated encouraging other Scottish members to nominate you.
You can also email the [email protected] with which positions you’d like to stand for and the statement you prepared in step 2 and someone from their team will be happy to post that for you if you don't use Facebook.
Step 5: Write your manifesto.
Lastly, take the short statement you prepared earlier and make sure it matches the rules for manifestos. You can check the rules for the limitations on this.
Once you’re happy with your manifesto, you can submit it here: www.libdems.org.uk/artwork-submission
Step 6: Wait!
You’ve now done all you can, you’ve made your pitch and hopefully, at enough people will think you’re fantastic and nominate you.
If you pass the nomination threshold, you’ll get an email from the Returning Officer confirming that and the next steps.
If you don’t meet the threshold, you’ll get an email after nominations have closed.
You can also email the RO to check how many nominations you need, but please allow at least 1 working day for the RO to respond.