Election to Council of a professional staff member

Returning Officer's report

The 2016 election of a member of Council by members of the professional staff of the University was held in accordance with the Australian National University Act 1991, the Membership of the Council Statute 2010 and the Membership of the Council Rules 2013.

Nine candidates nominated for election to Council. All candidates and their nominators were checked against the professional staff roll comprising those holding a full-time or part-time standard or fixed term professional staff appointment in the University on pay day 25 February 2016 and who were paid a salary by the University on that day. All nominations were in order. The candidates were Rosemary Adams, Ceri Flowers, Matthew King, Gerard Lillicrap, Tracey McNicol, Stephen Milnes, Douglas Robertson, Tim Sawkins and Deborah Veness.

An electronic ballot was conducted, using the University's APOLLO system. By the close of the poll, 518 professional staff had registered a vote. 

The scrutiny of the electronic count was conducted in the office of the Returning Officer (Corporate Governance & Risk Office) at 12:00pm on Monday 2 May 2016.  Ms Megan Easton from the Corporate Governance & Risk Office has verified the results of the count.

Votes received on the count of first preferences were as follows:

  • Rosemary Adams          29
  • Ceri Flowers                  29
  • Matthew King                 50
  • Gerard Lillicrap              46
  • Tracey McNicol              56
  • Stephen Milnes              51
  • Douglas Robertson        39
  • Tim Sawkins                   29
  • Deborah Veness           189

As no candidate had an absolute majority of votes after the distribution of first preferences, further preferences were distributed, until a candidate received an absolute majority. Due to an equality of preferences amongst the lowest polling candidates on the second count, Ms Ceri Flowers was excluded, after being chosen by lot.

I am satisfied that the election process undertaken has not been vitiated by reason of an irregularity in the course or conduct of the election.

Following the count of preferences, I declare Ms Deborah Veness elected.

Andrew Heath
Returning Officer
2 May 2016