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YesCymru urge members to vote again on proposals to reform campaign group after technical problems

11 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
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YesCymru have asked members to vote again today on whether to adopt a new structure and constitution for the campaign group after technical errors meant that voting had to be suspended and voided yesterday.

Voting had opened yesterday at the pro-independence group’s Extraordinary General Meeting on whether to make changes to its constitution adopt a new structure.

However, YesCymru said yesterday evening that it voided all the votes cast at that point because of “syncing issues” between its software and the new independent voting system.

They have now re-opened the vote and said that members should have received a new email this morning with a link to be able to cast their ballot. Members who had not received the link were asked to check their spam folders.

The time to vote has now been extended beyond today’s EGM meeting to 12pm noon tomorrow, Sunday 12th December.

YesCymru said they “apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience”.

“All members will have received a link to vote from OpaVote voting software today,” they said. “If you can’t find your link, please check your spam folder before contacting us.

“Every member who wants to do so will need to cast a vote – even if you voted yesterday.”

‘Embrace change’

The vote will decide whether to accept the proposals of the Gweithgor, a working group set up in August amid concerns that YesCymru’s constitution and electoral processes needed to be updated for a movement with a membership of over 15,000.

It comes after a period of in-fighting within the movement which saw a vote of no confidence in the Central Committee, whose members collectively resigned from their posts shortly thereafter.

The Gweithgor working group was then set up from voluntary members of different YesCymru branches to look at the structure, finance, governance, procedures, groups and some wider policies such as social media.

Speaking at the EGM, Peter Morgan Barnes, who chaired YesCymru’s Gweithgor who came up with the proposals, said that “unity” was at the core of the changes.

However the proposals have been criticised by some, with particular criticism of the fact that there is no means of ensuring equal gender representation or BAME representation on the new elected board of executive directors that would replace the Central Committee.

One member who contributed to the Gweithgor until October, Dyfrig Jones, wrote for Nation.Cymru that adopting the proposals would represent a “very serious wrong turn” for the movement.

However other members of the Gweithgor have defended the proposals, with Meic Pattison arguing that new bylaws will ensure that all regions electing Directors must encourage gender balance and a diverse slate of candidates

“The way forward is to embrace change, change for the better, and be part of the future, and I would urge all members to vote YES, to vote in favour of the proposed reforms,” he said.

YesCymru have said that an election will be called after the EGM, either for a new Central Committee under the old structure or a Board of Directors under a new structure.

“Names and information about the candidates will be announced early in the new year and the election will be held mid-January, voting will be open for a few days,” they said. “In the period between the announcement of candidates and the election we intend to organise hustings.”

The relevant Articles of Association can be seen here and a diagram of the new structure can be seen here.


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Richard
Richard
6 months ago

I got a vote 🗳 link
yesterday but not today
What a mess 😢

Arwyn
Arwyn
6 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Indeed. A sorry state of affairs. Sion Jobbins comment at the end summed it up. I hope some good comes of all of this. We desperately need to move on. The last year has been shambolic. YesCymru resembling Labour at Westminster at the moment. Riven by factionalism and missing every opportunity to lay hits on a political opponent that is currently doing far more for independence by accident than YesCymru’s even attempted in six months. I’ll see how the next few days pans out but if it can’t be fixed we’d all be better off putting our efforts into other… Read more »

David
David
6 months ago
Reply to  Richard

You, like me, are probably one of the thousands of members whose membership has lapsed (with no renewal notice being sent out due to a fault in the software). At the EGM they said they will be emailing everyone in our position and that we’ll have the opportunity to renew our membership and vote on the proposal. Voting has been extended till 5pm on Wednesday.

Richard
Richard
6 months ago
Reply to  David

Diolch David. Just had a note of confirmation as you say. A real mess 😢

Richard
Richard
6 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Just rejoined – will see if a vote 🗳 opportunity turns up 🤞

Jack
Jack
6 months ago

YesCymru has probably had the worst 24 hours since it was founded. Genuinely struggling to think of anything that has gone right at all.

I must say, although I sympathise with this being a fast moving story, I do find the lack of coverage of this a bit odd.

Nation.Cymru have managed to deliver almost breaking news when English Heritage tweeted about Tintern Abbey, or a tiktokker makes an inappropriate joke about Wales. YesCymru have lost more than half their members overnight and this doesn’t get a mention?

Quornby
Quornby
6 months ago

ONE BANNER. We have more commities than the United Nations. How difficult is ONE BANNER to understand FFS?

Grayham Jones
6 months ago

Just get out there and start fighting for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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