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Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Board Elections 2017

The Blind Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors whose responsibility it is to lead the Foundation forward in fulfilling its objectives under the strategic plan.

We hold annual elections for these Directors who each serve a three-year term.  Retiring Directors may be nominated and stand again.

The Constitution lays out how elections are held and how the Board operates.  All candidates are nominated and elected by Governing Members.  As the election nears, we’ll share more information about the candidates and election process.

Everything you need to know about voting

Voting information:

Voting information is available in a range of formats including braille, audio CD, email and large print.

This year, we are also introducing online voting and have created a website with the following information:

  • The candidates’ 300-word profile.
  • A 60-word snapshot of capabilities.
  • An mp3 file recording of the candidates’ interviews.

Casting your vote:

Members are able to cast their vote in the election in a number of ways, including:

  • A print form.
  • Braille card.
  • Telephone Dictation Voting.
  • Telephone Information Service (TIS).
  • Online voting (new for 2017).

Voting eligibility:

Only governing members are eligible to vote in the Board elections.  If you are uncertain whether you are a governing member and would like to become one, please contact the National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 and they will be happy to arrange this.

Online voting trial:

If you would like to trial online voting ahead of this year’s Board elections, please visit the test site at www.rnzfbelections.org.nz.  You will need a valid email address that is registered with the Blind Foundation along with a connection to the internet.  Please note, the trial will end on Friday 15 September.

Change your preference:

The Blind Foundation holds information about members’ preferred formats for information and voting.  If you would like to change your preferred formats, please speak to our National Contact Centre who will be happy to help.  Alternatively, you can complete the ‘update preferred format details’ page on the test site.  Please note, the deadline for advising any preferred format changes is Friday 15 September.