Hi I am have put myself forward for a parent governor vacancy that arose at our school in January. I complied with the nomination procedure and submitted my election statement. It is just myself and one other candidate. The process was going smoothly, with the deadline for ballot papers for this Monday at 12.30pm. On Friday afternoon an email from the school office and signed by the chair of governors was sent out to all parents of the school. It said the election had been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and that the ballot papers would be shredded and a new election would take place next term (bearing in mind we are only three weeks into the this term). When I emailed the chair of governors I received this reply: "I would much rather have spoken to you and the other candidate prior, but given the timing had to let the head send out the global email. I was only notified of issues earlier today and with the count due on Mon had to take an immediate decision. I know there is no mal-intent involved, but your email out using the PTA distribution list generated some complaint from other parents, and it is technically against the rules. We might have worked through that and been able to proceed, but I was told you also obtained a couple of replacement ballot papers from the office. Again, I'm sure your request was completely legitimate, but the office should not have complied. We've no way to track ballot papers once issued. If we had proceeded and the vote was close (they often are) this means we would not be able to defend an accusation that you got an unfair advantage. All a bit of a mess. We will have to re-run the whole process. I hope that you and the other candidate will reapply and that we can run a seamless process next time." So my issues are these: 1. Can the chair unilaterally call off an election without consulting the GB? 2. I can prove the email was NOT a PTA generated one. 3. I have not seen a copy of any rules and there were certainly not handed out or made to potential candidates. 4. I can prove who the duplicate ballot papers were for and she will come in to the office to confirm that I handed them to her that day. 5. The school has actually messed up the election process themselves in this and previous elections because they actually send out 10s of duplicate papers. they do this by putting ballot papers in each child's book bag. So this means that any parent with more than one child at the school (and there are some with three children at the school) will have received duplicate papers. The county council's guidelines state that parents with more than child at the school should only receive ONE ballot paper each. So how do the two extras i requested - openly and honestly explaining exactly what they were for - do anything different than the school has already done? 6. I have protested to the Chair and even offered a simple solution which I will set out below - but should he decide to ignore that, then should the whole process be run - from nominations to election to count OR as there was nothing wrong with the nomination process, should he just start the election part again and do that as quickly as possible? I ask because I do not feel it would be fair to my self and the other candidate to then have to potentially go up against candidates after we have both adhered to the nomination process and the election process. My Solution: My suggestion is therefore, as nothing has actually happened to skew the process or that is against the rules is to re-open the vote, for the period of time that it was closed for, and just take 2 votes off my total count. I should add that I am not surprised, and neither is my partner, this has happened. The head and I do not get on particularly well, probably because I stand up to her and she is not used to that - clearly and she has been involved in the situation by informing the chair of the email (I now she did this because a friend has told me she was asking her about email rules) and because only she would have known about the duplicate papers via her office staff. One little other thing: the council's guidelines also states: If a ballot paper is inadvertently spoilt or lost by a pupil, a duplicate may be issued. Well the duplicate wasn't lost - the parent threw it away - but I offered to obtain duplicates for her to save her time as she has two other young children not at school. So after all that I guess my question is - what rights do I have and what can I do to encourage the chair to re-open the vote or at the very least just re-run it next week? Thanks in advance for your advice. I'm pretty miffed by this and how it has been handled so anything you can do to help would be most appreciated.