I am new to these forums, so if this topic is covered elsewhere, please do point me in the right direction. In November 2011, our primary school held a parent governor election. At the time there were 8 candidates going for 4 posts so parents each got 4 votes on the ballot paper. During the period of the election, a fifth parent governor resigned. When the ballot papers were counted the top five candidates were appointed to the 5 vacancies. (I am pleased to say I was one of the successful five, and none of the 8 candidates had any objection to the result). Move forward to mid-January 2012. Another parent governor has just resigned. Without any reference to the governing body as a whole, it has been announced that the person who came sixth in the November election has been appointed to the post. Do people think this is normal and/or acceptable practise? To me it seems weird to appoint somebody to a post based on the result of an election that happened two months before the vacancy existed! To further muddy the waters, the sixth placed candidate was at the time a serving parent governor seeking re-election after 4 years. (The other two were not). By re-appointing in what seems quite a dubious manner it would not seem unreasonable for people to claim that this is cronyism rather then democracy? Many thanks in advance for you views and advice on this.