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February 19, 2013

(for the purposes of Section 10(3)(f) of the Pharmacy Act 2007 and in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Council) Rules 2008 (SI No 492 of 2008)

18th February 2013:  The Acting Registrar, Ciara McGoldrick, in her capacity as Returning Officer, hereby requests nominations from pharmacists on the Register of Pharmacists held by the PSI who may wish to stand for election for appointment to the PSI Council. Nomination papers are available by request from the Acting Registrar and are also available to download here.  The closing date for receipt of nominations papers is Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 12 noon.  Nomination papers should be returned to the PSI offices at PSI House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.  
The 2013 election for appointment to the PSI Council is being conducted in accordance with the PSI (Council) Rules 2008.

Eligibility for election for appointment to the Council of the PSI: PSI (Council Rules) 2008

Rule 7(2) of the Council Rules provides that:
“In order to be eligible to stand for election for appointment to the Council, a member of the Society shall –
a)    hold a certificate of registration as a pharmacist (i.e. be in Register of Pharmacists kept by the PSI and have paid registration fee for 2013)
b)    have been proposed and seconded in writing by members of the Society who hold certificates of registration as a pharmacist,  
c)    submit, on a form available from the returning officer, a nomination paper that relates only to the person proposing to stand for election, specifying his or her name, address and registration number and signed by him or her,
d)    provide declarations that –
i.    having regard to paragraphs (2)* and (8)** of Schedule 1 to the Act, he or she is eligible to stand for election for appointment to the Council,
ii.    in the event of not being elected, he or she is aware that his or her name will be placed on a panel with a view to selection in the manner provided for under Rules 9(2) and 9(3) and Part 3 for the filling of any vacancies or casual vacancies as may arise on the Council, and
iii.    in the event of being elected and appointed to the Council, he or she will, to the best of his or her abilities, serve on the Council and abide by any code of conduct for members of the Council as may be adopted by the Council from time to time.”
 * Disqualification from Office includes being adjudicated bankrupt; making a composition or arrangement with creditors; conviction of any indictable offence; conviction of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty; being the subject of an order under section 160 of the Companies Act 1990, or being sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
** Membership of either House of the Oireachtas or European Parliament by a Member of the Council (or staff) of the Society disqualifies Council membership.
 Further information on Election for Appointment Process 2013
In accordance with Section 10(3)(f) of the Pharmacy Act 2007, an election will be held to select five registered pharmacists for appointment by the Minister to the Council.  The pharmacist seats held currently by the following Council members will be up for election in 2013:

Paul Fahey     
Eoghan Hanly    
Ann Frankish
John Collins
Margaret Doherty

18th FEBRUARY: Returning officer requests nominations

20th MARCH: Closing date for receipt of nominations (12 noon)

20th MARCH: Returning officer formally declares candidates (after reviewing eligibility as per Rule 8) and the names and addresses of candidates (along with names of their proposers and seconders) will be published on the PSI website. If the number of candidates is greater than the number of vacancies, then an election will be held.

20th MARCH: Returning officer establishes electoral register of all pharmacists on Register of Pharmacists kept by the PSI on that date who are all entitled to vote in the election for appointment.

BY 2nd April: Returning officer sends ballot papers by post to persons on electoral register (at address as it appears in the Register of Pharmacists).
The ballot paper will include: a list of candidates in alphabetical order, giving the name and address as published in the Register of Pharmacists; the area of practice as a pharmacist of each candidate; the name and  address, as published in the Register of Pharmacists, of each candidate’s proposer and seconder; the latest date and time by which ballot papers shall be returned to the returning officer; and instructions on the voting procedure or a reference to an enclosure setting out such instructions.

17th APRIL: Completed ballot papers are to be returned to the returning officer by 5.00pm on Wednesday 17th April 2013.

The counting of votes will take place within 2 days of the election date as per Rules. At the conclusion of the count, the returning officer will declare the results and give notice in writing to the Minister for Health of the names of those elected. The election results, including details of the poll and count, will be published on the PSI website.

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