EFNNMAThe European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) is the voice of nursing and midwifery within WHO European Region.Working in partnership and strategically with WHO and other key stakeholders we aim to influence health policy, improve the quality of health services and the health of people across the 53 Member States of the Region. We are passionate advocates of the central and unique contribution that Nurses and Midwives make to individual and population health and well-being across Europe and are committed to ensuring both professions are supported to deliver excellence in their practice. As the nature of care changes we believe that strengthening and developing the nursing and midwifery workforce through the provision of lifelong learning and research delivers excellence in public health and people-centered healthcare.

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Election procedures

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Election procedure for EFNNMA honorary officers

and steering committee members

Revised 2 March 2017 by EFNNMA Plenary
  1. The election should be announced by 30 June of the year before the Plenary.
    The actual election procedure should have a three month lead in period.
    The procedure is as follows: a call for steering committee members is made through member associations by the chair.
    Within 6 weeks any member association may nominate a candidate for the SC by submitting a document with the name of its nominee, signed by the associations’ president, and a short biography of maximum 200 words.
  2. Each association has the right to nominate one person per election.
  3. Voting will take place during the Plenary.
  4. No postal votes will be accepted. The only way of voting is by presence of the association representative, who will be identified with a voting card. There is the possibility to use a proxy as defined in the Operational Principles.
  5. Only member associations who have paid their fees have the right to nominate their representatives to the SC and to vote during the elections.
  6. Associations have one vote per Steering Committee position vacant during the election.
  7. Two polling officers will be appointed by the Plenary.
  8. The ballot form must contain the list of names of persons standing for election.
  9. The vote is cast by secret ballot.
  10. The term of office is 4 years and there is a maximum of 2 terms.
  11. The elections for Chair and SC members are by majority vote.
  12. In the event of only members of a profession, be it nurse or midwife, are elected or present at the steering committee at a given moment, another of the absent profession should be co-opted to fill the quota of at least two members of a profession on the steering committee, in which case the number of members would increase with one. The co-option process shall be led by the chairperson.