Election of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Functions and composition of the Standing CommissionThe Statutes of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement define the Standing Commission (SC) as “the trustee of the International Conference between two Conferences, carrying out the functions laid down in Article 18”.
Further, the Statutes require that the Standing Commission shall comprise nine members:
• Five members of different National Societies, each elected in their personal capacity by the International Conference;
• Two representatives of the ICRC, one of whom shall be the President;
• Two representatives of the International Federation, one of whom shall be the President.
Visit the website of the Standing Commission: www.standcom.ch
Information on nominationsCandidates must be members of a recognized National Society in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. They are invited to complete and submit the attached Nomination Form. More detailed information on the functions of the Standing Commission and on the requirements vis-à-vis its members and the candidates for the election are available below, in particular in the documents on the Profile for Candidates, and the Guiding Principles for the Election of the Standing Commission.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to the Standing Commission Secretariat at least sixty days before the opening of the International Conference. i.e., by 9 October 2019 in order to improve transparency and diversity, hence allowing sufficient time for members of the Conference, who elect the members of the Standing Commission, to acquaint themselves with the candidates. Nomination forms must be completed in one of the four working languages of the Conference. That being said, as per Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure of the Movement, nominations for the Standing Commission may still be delivered to the Chair of the Conference Bureau until 9 December 2019 (i.e. 48 hours before the opening of the meeting in which the election will take place).
Members of the Standing Commission are elected in their personal capacity. In accordance with Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure, personal qualities and fair geographical distribution should be taken into account when nominating candidates. Furthermore, individuals of all genders, in addition to individuals from all regions, are encouraged to submit their candidacies in order to favor both fair geographical representation and equitable gender balance.
Reference documents for nominations
o Call for nominations (letter of 7 June 2019)
o Nomination form
o Profile for candidates for election to the Standing Commission (Adopted by Council of Delegates, Geneva, 1 – 2 December 1995)
o Guiding principles for the election of the Standing Commission (Adopted by the Standing Commission on 21 September 2011)
The Secretariat of the Standing Commission as well as the electoral cell established by the Standing Commission are available for any questions. Please submit the Nomination Form to the Standing Commission Secretariat by post (paper form and handwritten signature) or by email (electronic form and signature) to:
– Address: Secretariat of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
19, Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
– E-mail: email@example.com
– Telephone: + 41 22 730 2032
List of candidatesNomination forms will be translated into all four working languages and posted on a rolling basis in this section as soon as the eligibility is confirmed. The Bureau of the International Conference will also circulate all nominations 24 hours before the election.
List of candidates in alphabetical order
Hilal Al-Sayer (Kuwait Red Crescent Society)
Mercedes Babé (Spanish Red Cross)
Azamat Baialinov (Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan)
Hassan Esfandiar ( Iranian Red Crescent Society)
Abbas Gullet (Kenya Red Cross Society)
Obid Yahya Hadi Mardam (Yemen Red Crescent Society)
Ashanta Osborne Moses (Guyana Red Cross Society)
George Nangale (Tanzanian Red Cross Society )
Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold (Cook Islands Red Cross Society)
George B. Weber (The Canadian Red Cross Society)
Election procedureAs per the current draft provisional agenda and programme, the elections will be held on 11 December 2019 and conducted by way of electronic voting. An informal ‘Meet the Candidates’ session will be organised on 10 December at 18.30.
Additional information on the election procedure will be provided before the 33rd International Conference.
Proxy formWho may vote
Only the Heads of Delegation are authorized to vote. If the Head of Delegation is not able to cast the vote for his/her delegation, then the Head of Delegation must delegate the voting power to another member of their delegation through the use of a Proxy form. Proxy forms shall at the Registration and Information Desk.
To be valid, Proxy Forms must be signed by the Head of Delegation and submitted at the Registration Desk by the Head of Delegation. If the Head of Delegation is unable to be present, the substitute delegate must bring both their own photo ID and a photo ID of their Head of Delegation. The Proxy Form must be made to the attention of the Election Committee (General Assembly/Council of Delegates) or the Conference Bureau/Electoral Cell (International Conference) in good time before the vote takes place on the first day of the statutory meetings.
Electronic voting card for keypads
In the event of a vote, electronic voting keypads will be used. Once registered, each Head of Delegation (or their substitute by proxy) should pick up his or her unique electronic voting card at the CICG registration desk (available to collect from Wednesday morning, the 4 December). Full instructions on how to use the electronic voting system will be provided to delegates at the statutory meetings.
The unique electronic voting card is required in order to vote using the keypads provided in the Plenary Room. As no electronic voting cards will be distributed or available in the Plenary Room, delegates are reminded that it is vital that their unique electronic voting card is collected in good time before the statutory meetings commence.
If the Head of Delegation cannot pick up his or her election credentials or will not be present for the vote, the Head of Delegation may designate another person from the delegation by completing a proxy form and providing their photo ID. Proxy forms shall also be available at the Registration and Information Desk.
A delegation’s unique electronic voting card will be required for any voting which takes place throughout the statutory meetings (including the General Assembly, Council of Delegates and the International Conference), and therefore it is important that each Head of Delegation (or their substitute by proxy) keeps hold of their voting card throughout the statutory meetings and brings their card with them to every meeting held in the Plenary Room.
Proxy Form (for casting vote)
Standing Commission election
Electronic voting will be used for the Standing Commission election. Each Head of Delegation should pick up his or her election credentials (a sealed envelope with a unique username and password) as of Friday morning, 9 December at the registration desk in the conference centre. If the Head of Delegation cannot pick up his or her election credentials or will not be present for the vote, the Head of Delegation may designate another person from the delegation by completing a proxy form. The Proxy Form must be made to the attention of the Conference Bureau or the Electoral Cell in good time before the vote takes place on the first day of the International Conference.
A delegate’s personal voting credentials are required to vote in the election and consist of : (1) the sealed envelope with the username and password; and (2) the electronic voting card for keypads. As no sealed envelopes or voting cards will be distributed or available in the Plenary Room, delegates are reminded that it is vital that the sealed envelope and voting card is collected in good time before the voting commences on the 11 December.
Proxy Form (for collecting a voter’s credentials)