Dear Stephen et al I hope you might advise. My husband has chosen to stand for election as a Parent Governor at our sons' High School. Nominations were invited with the stipulation that a supporting statement of no more than 50 words would be permitted. The Head ( who is also the Returning Officer), wrote in the letter inviting nominations that she could not circulate statements exceeding 50 words as it would be unfair to do so. Accordingly, my husband confined his statement to 49 words. Ballot papers came home yesterday as there were two candidates for the one vacancy, including my husband. The papers were accompanied by candidates' personal statements. It was immediately apparent that the other candidate had been allowed to submit a statement greatly exceeding 50 words. It was 72 words in length, which is quite a lot more than 50 words and allowed the other candidate to put forward a much more erudite case for voters to vote for her. My husband, who has been published in numerous scientific journals and careers magazines felt that he had been disadvantaged by this and made to appear as though he struggled to communicate effectively. As the two statements were obviously meant to be read comparatively he felt it was most unfair. The Head had actually stated that circulation of a statement longer than 50 words would be unfair so surely, as Returning Officer, this should not have been allowed? We feel that the other candidate should not have been advantaged in this way and that the election should be halted as it has now been rendered unfair. Any idea what protocol might be for dealing with this? School is currently on half term and once they return votes will already be in the process of being submitted.