Fellow Pirates, we are moving immediately to the first genuine internal elections for the party’s officers. This follows the successful completion of the vote to ratify appointments to second-tier positions of responsibility (more on that below). The vacant officer positions are Treasurer and Nominating Officer. For the role of Treasurer, we have one nominee: Peter Liddell. For Nominating Officer, there are two nominees: John Barron and Jeremy Morton. As well as voting for the nominees, members also have the option to call for the reopening of nominations, or to abstain. If any of the candidates gets a simple majority, they will be appointed. If reopening of nominations gets the most votes in either election, there will be a fresh call for nominees and a re-run of that election. Abstentions do not influence the result, but give members the opportunity to register their participation without expressing a preference.