How to vote for the CLP elections

The voting system for the election of the Ispra/Seville Local Staff Committee is the same as the one applied in Brussels. The system is a little bit complex and, to avoid mistakes, needs some understanding. This short guide aims at answering your questions and clearing your doubts.

Absent on 2, 3 and 4 May? Check it out how to vote by correspondence!

The Ispra/Seville Local Staff Committee is composed of 21 couples of elected members (21 full members + 21 alternate members).

That's why each list standing for elections can be composed of up to 21 couples of candidates - with no minimum number of candidate couples required.

Each list represents a single Trade Union, a group of Trade Unions or an association of staff.

Two distinct voting methods are possible: "block-list vote" and "preference vote". These two voting methods are alternative to each other and cannot be mixed.

How to vote

Electors, under production of a valid badge, can cast their vote (at Ispra, at the two canteens during the voting period) as follows:

a) vote for a list (block-list vote)

a cross must be placed in the box beneath the number and the abbreviation of the list chosen

b) vote for a maximum of 21 candidates, chosen from one or more lists (preference vote)

a cross must be placed in the box opposite the name of each candidate chosen, up to a maximum of 21 candidates.

Ballot papers, bearing both a cross against a list (block-list vote) and further crosses against the names of candidates (preference vote) on a different list, will be declared as void votes by the Electoral Office.

Ballot papers bearing any other writing, signature, deletions or marks whatsoever will be declared void.

Postal voting procedure

Voters who for any reason (sickness, mission, leave, etc...) are unable to vote on 2, 3 and 4 May 2018 at a polling station may ask for a ballot paper to be sent to them. Such a request should be sent by 24th April 2018 at 12:30 to the following e-mail

Postal votes must be sent inside three envelopes:

  • The inner white envelope (Envelop A) without window, type C4 (22,9 x 32,4 cm), must contain the ballot paper and be unmarked;
  • The second envelope (Envelop B) must bear the personnel number, name and signature of the voter;
  • The outer envelope (Envelop C) must bear the name and addresses which will be communicated at the moment of the request for a ballot paper.

The Envelop A must be inserted inside the Envelop B and the Envelop B must be inserted inside the Envelop C.

The completed ballot paper, inside the three envelops, must be received no later than 4th May 2018 at 17:30.

ATTENTION: Do not mix list vote and individual preferences, otherwise your vote will be void!

How are votes accounted?

Block-list vote

Voting for a list is the easiest and most effective way to maximise your support to your preferred candidates. In case the list is composed of less than 21 couples, your list vote will still contribute to maximise the result of that list for what concerns elected couples, while the overall "weight" contributing to the allocation of resources is a ratio (x/21) which depends on the number of couples present on the list.

Preference vote

As an alternative to the block-list vote, you may decide to vote for individual couples, even belonging to different lists.

In this case, instead of placing one single cross besides the name of the list, you may provide up to 21 preferences to 21 different couples, from one or more lists. In case you wish to support an incomplete list (i.e. composed of less than 21 couples), you may decide to use this voting method in order to maximise your "voting power". In fact, if you wish to support a list presenting, let's say, only 15 couples, you can provide your preference to each of the couples of that list and still you'll be able to give your 6 remaining preferences to 6 more couples from other lists. This way you will maximise your "voting power" by expressing all of your 21/21 voting right.