ESOMAR Council Elections

The 2021 Elections have begun.

The application process for candidates has now been extended until 29 January 2021. Following approval by the Elections Committee, candidates may then start canvassing from February 1st, and the Elections will take place between March 1st and March 12th.

An email outlining the key dates and providing links to the necessary documentation has been sent, and regular reminders will be issued.

Have you ever considered running for the ESOMAR Council? The current term is coming to an end and we are now welcoming nominations for the 2021-2022 term.

Can you make a difference and help ESOMAR continue its mission to promote and protect the data, research and insights profession? Then submit your nomination today.

The ESOMAR Council is the governing body of the association. It defines the objectives, vision and mission, approves strategy, administers the funding and performs all other functions attributed to it by the statutes. It's the driving force of the association.

The Council is member-elected and serve a two-year term.

The candidate application phase is now ended. The candidates will be announced on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 by decision of the Election Committee.

Candidacy requirements
  1. Candidates must be members of ESOMAR in good standing.
  2. Each nomination must be suggested by five members of the Society.
  3. All suggestions for nominations must be submitted to Finn Raben, ESOMAR Director General, and received at the ESOMAR Office in Amsterdam not later than 12.00 hours (UTC+1), 29 January 2021.
  4. The Election Committee shall nominate the candidates standing for election based on the suggestions received from the Members.
  5. Only a person who has served as a member of the Council for at least a full term of two years may stand for election to the offices of Vice President or President.
  6. Nobody shall be permitted to stand for the offices of both President and Vice President during the same elections.
  7. A Council Member may stand for re-election and simultaneously for the office of Vice President.
  8. As part of the application process each potential candidate must accept the nomination and undersign the ESOMAR Council Code of Conduct.
  9. All potential candidates must provide a video to support their application.
  10. All potential candidates must provide a colour passport-size digital photograph.
  11. All potential candidates must supply information supporting their nomination:
    1. Name, company and position in the company
    2. Education & Professional activities
    3. Activities on behalf of ESOMAR
    4. Any other activities/declare any commercial interests with ESOMAR or other organisations
    5. A personal statement setting out the policies you will be supporting if elected to Council
  12. Candidates whose nominations are in good order and received by 29 January 2021 will be formally announced on 25 January 2021. Information on these nominations will be posted on the ESOMAR website.
  13. A presentation of each candidate with their election statement and photograph will be available on the ESOMAR website once candidatures are announced.
  14. To ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged by canvassing activities of others and that the elections are run in a fair manner, all potential candidates will be asked to undersign an agreement to comply with the election rules set by Council, and to confirm that they will campaign in an open, honest and moderate fashion, as this reflects not only upon themselves but also upon ESOMAR.
The election procedure

Suggestions for nominations are invited by the Elections Committee for the term running from April 2021 to January 2023 with ten vacancies to be filled: President, Vice President and 8 Council Members.

Candidates are allowed to canvas from the moment that their candidacy is announced February 1st, until the opening of the voting on March 1st.

The Elections Committee has appointed an independent, specialised organisation to conduct the elections, thereby guaranteeing that the elections remain impartial and benefit from the best available expertise. The appointed organisation, Multivote looks to increase engagement with the election process through it's tool to ensure that as many members as possible vote for the Council.

To improve the proportional representation of Membership, a procedure based on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) will be used. This gives every voter the fullest freedom of choice between candidates seeking election while ensuring that none of their voting power is diminished.

Council has taken the utmost care to ensure high participation in voting and that the elections are held in a transparent, democratic and fair way. Ballot forms will be emailed to all paid-up ESOMAR members in late December. The election will be carried out online only.