Labour has announced its lists of candidates for the European Parliament elections next year. There will now be an OMOV ballot of Party members in each region to rank the candidates. The sitting MEPs who are restanding will top each regional list.
When voting, members will need to place the re-selected sitting MEPs in order of preference (voting 1, 2, etc). To comply with the Labour Party’s rules regarding positive action and also to counter the possible losses of female elected representatives that may arise from the effects of EU enlargement it is again proposed that one of the top two places for re-selected MEPs in each region is filled by a woman.
There will be a separate ballot of newly selected candidates for the vacant seats to place them in order behind the re-selected MEPs. There will be separate voting, in order of preference, women and men. Women and men will then appear alternately in the list. This method of preference voting is known as zipping. A woman will be placed at the top of the vacant seats list.
The exceptions are as follows:
• where only women MEPs (more than one) have been re-selected. In this case a man will be top of the vacant seats list.
• where only one woman MEP is re-selected, then the ballot for new candidates will not have separate sections for women and men, and will be taken in a single vote. The candidate with the highest vote will take the top place, and the list will be zipped thereafter.
• where one woman MEP and one male MEP is re-selected, then the ballot for new candidates will not have separate sections for women and men, and will be taken in a single vote. The candidate with the highest vote will take the top place, and the list will be zipped thereafter.
Yorkshire & the Humber
This list was first published here