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Voters in the election of the editor for the Journalist magazine were today given a 10-day extension to the deadline for receipt of postal ballots.
The national union of journalists (NUJ), which publishes the magazine for its members, today announced the extension of the voting deadline from Friday November 6 to Monday November 16 be-cause of widespread delays in the delivery of post.
The decision came after four of the eight candid-ates made a formal request on Monday for an extension to the voting deadline.
Mark Watts – freelance reporter, broadcaster as well as the FOIA Centre co-ordinator – made the request by e-mail to the NUJ to extend the voting deadline on behalf of the four. The other three who joined in the request were Tim Arnold, Christine Buckley and Michael Cross.
The remaining four candidates declined to join in seeking a deadline extension.
In its announcement, the NUJ said: “NUJ mem-bers have been given an extra ten days to vote for a new editor for the union's journal – the Journalist.
“The deadline for the return of ballot papers has been extended because of disruption to the mail caused by a postal strike in the UK.
“Votes must now arrive at the electoral reform ser-vices offices in London by first post on Monday November 16. The eight candidates for the job have been sent an email which reads: ‘Following advice received this morning from electoral reform services, the deadline for receipt of ballot papers for editor of the Journalist election will now be extended to Monday November 16.
“‘Ballots received up to and including first post on Monday November 16 will be included in the count. The count will now take place at 1.30pm on Monday November 16.
“‘The report of the election will be made available to the national executive council on Wednesday November 18.’
“If you have not received your ballot paper, and you are a paid-up NUJ member who is eligible to vote, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watts said: “I am delighted to see that the voting period is being extended. We requested it because it was plainly necessary. As was clear from a lot of feedback from members, many had not yet received their ballot papers.
“The postal services are likely to see further industrial action and we may find that this extension will prove to be insufficient.”
“I urge NUJ members to vote in this election, and to do so as soon as possible, because there are clear choices to be made about the future direction of the Journalist.”
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