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Electoral Committee calls to nomination for North America representative at the HIC Board 2017-2021
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Source: HIC- North America Electoral Committee

Also includes Schedule, HIC Members List and Guidelines

HIC North America Representative, Mr. Michael Shapcott, vacated the position of HIC North America Representative at and communicated this decision with a formal notice of resignation. It is time, therefore, to elect your new Representative at the HIC Board for the next four-year term that will run from 2017 through 2021. The Electoral Committee (CE) is composed of 2 members: Mr. Nick Volk (Canadian Housing and Renewal Association) and Mr. Allan Cain (Development Workshop Angola/Canada). Mr. Nick Volk has been designed as the EC Coordinator. The overall process is supported by Marie (HIC-GS). The process should conclude with the election of one representative and one alternate at the Board for a 4 years term.

We invite all HIC Members of the North American Region to send us by email at (Nick Volk: nick_volk@yahoo.com and Allan Cain: allan.cain@gmail.com) the nomination of their candidate before June 9 2017.

Please read the following Procedure and Schedule for the elections.

Electoral Committee

Composed of 2 HIC Members volunteers: Mr. Nick Volk and Mr. Allan Cain. None of both can be candidate

Election schedule (click here to see the document)

Set a guidance procedure and a timetable for the electoral process, including deadlines*

Right to nominate and to vote

Definition of criterion about the right to vote based on contributions’ criteria to the Coalition: either paid up or participating/active Members

HIC Members Listing: Members that are not in good standing can contribute with contributions other than fees until June 2 2017 and with fees payment until June 16 2017 - Calls to membership contributions are being sent before opening vote deadline

List of voters will be published on Website and sent to the Mailing List (June 19)

Each elector has the right to one (1) vote.

Nomination of Candidates (May 17 to June 9)

Call for nominations will be posted on HIC-GS website, Facebook and sent to Mailing List in English and French on May 17 2017

If you are organizational Members in the NAM region, you should write an email between May 17 and June 9 2017 to the Electoral Committee Members (Nick Volk: nick_volk@yahoo.com and Allan Cain: allan.cain@gmail.com), stating the name of your nominee and his/her organization.

The self-nominations will not be validated.

Candidates’ Profile and Eligibility

HIC Members representatives (women and men) working actively in the North America region engaged with housing, land rights and human settlements; interested to combine local, national and regional contexts with the global approach and to represent other HIC NA Members with a global perspective at the international level.

Eligible candidates are not elected as representatives of their organizations, but as persons willing and able to carry out the required representative responsibilities of the NA region.

The HIC Board Representative and the alternate Member must have gender/geographical diversity.

Responsibilities and tasks of Board Members

Subscribe to and act in accordance with the objectives of the Coalition.

Representatives of HIC on a solidarity basis, with no retribution (they are not paid).

Participate in Board Meetings and global events with support for travel and accommodations (10 days once a year).

Personal commitment to assume the complete mandate: for a four-years term appointment, only eligible for two consecutive terms.

Eligible candidates should understand either English or French.

Validation of candidate’s nomination

Candidate must send a note to the EC with his/her nomination’s acceptance, a bio and a campaign brief (June 9 to June 16).

His/her organization must send to the EC a note supporting the candidacy and include a brief statement indicating name and general activities

Nomination must be validated by the EC on documents reception

Validated nominations with documents will be published on Websites and sent to the Mailing List (June 19)

Votes (June 20 – July 6 2017)

Postal and electronic correspondence of ballots to the EC Members emails

The name of a validated candidate and his/her organization must be stated on the ballot

Ballot must be issued in English or French and received by EC before July 6 2017 (11.59pm GMT)

Reception, counting, register and verification of votes by the EC (July 7)

Results of Election will be communicated and published on HIC's Websites and Facebook and sent to the Mailing List (July 7 2017)

*Note: Members of EC can propose an extension of deadline for each step, as they deem convenient.

Let's revitalize the region of North America (United States and Canada) together!

Electoral Committee:
Nick Volk, Coordinator
Allan Cain


Habitat International Coalition
General Secretariat