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Business Bulletin No. 70/2003

Thursday 15th May 2003



Revised at 9.00 am

Meeting of the Parliament Today

Further to the announcement which appeared in the first edition of today's Bulletin, the Presiding Officer can now confirm that a meeting of the Parliament will take place at 2.00pm this afternoon in the Hub. Members will be asked to approve Business Motion S2M-33, which if agreed to, will mean that the process for selecting a nominee for First Minister will begin at approximately 2.30pm.

Selection of the Parliament's nominee for First Minister

Nominations must be submitted on official nomination forms. These are available in the Chamber Desk on the ground floor of Parliament Headquarters from 9.30 am. Completed nomination forms must be lodged there by 2.00pm. It is likely that the voting period will begin at 2.30 pm.

Each of the candidates will be invited to address the Chamber for five minutes. After all addresses have been completed, each candidate's name will be read out in alphabetical order and Members will be given the opportunity to vote "yes" for one candidate, using the electronic voting system. Only "yes" votes will be counted.

Members may vote only once. Members who have not cast a "yes" vote will have an opportunity after votes have been cast for the candidates, to vote to abstain. If any Member records a vote more than once, all of that Member's votes will be treated as spoiled.

A candidate will be elected if a simple majority is obtained. If no majority is obtained the candidate with the smallest number of votes will be eliminated and further rounds of voting will be held until a valid result is achieved.

Members are reminded that the electronic voting system will be used in this process, therefore members will require their security passes.