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Voting in the NPA elections opens on Monday

19th Jan 2018 / By Alistair Driver

The polls open on Monday to elect new representatives to take the NPA forward for the next three years. 

An impressive total of 31 excellent candidates will contest the elections. 

The final tally saw 15 names confirmed for the contest to elect the 12 members of Producer Group. 

A further 16 candidates will compete for 10 places of the NPA's Allied Industry Group (AIG). 

You can read all the candidates' manifestos here on the dedicated voteNPA website.

What happens next?

January 22 - online voting begins.

February 5 - postal ballots will be sent to members who have not voted online by February 5.

February 23 - polls close.

March - results published on-line and in Pig World.

How to vote

To vote online from next Friday, you will need go to where you will have the option of voting in either the NPA or AIG elections. 

NPA elections site2

Please note, only producer members can vote for producer candidates and only allied industry members can vote for allied industry candidates.

Producer Group

npa mapThere are 12 elected members on Producer Group, from five regions:

  • North
  • Midlands
  • East
  • South Central
  • South West

A current NPA Producer member may vote for up to 12 candidates, via the online poll or the postal vote. A voter is not obliged to use all 12 votes. A candidate may vote for himself/herself.

Only one vote is permitted per member, so where a business or family operates under a single membership, only one vote will be allowed.

Contractors can vote, provided the company you contract for is an NPA member.

All votes will be tallied into a national total for each candidate and candidates will be ranked in descending order.

Each region will be guaranteed one place on Producer Group, and a maximum of four places.

These rules ensure each region is represented, that no region is over-represented, and that producers have the opportunity to vote not only for local candidates, but also for candidates who will best represent their views.

Allied Industry Group

Each current Allied Industry member of NPA is eligible to vote.

Again, only one vote per membership is permitted.

They may vote for up to 10 candidates, although the voter is not obliged to use all 10 votes. A candidate may vote for himself/herself.     

Use your vote

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: "We are delighted that we have been able to assemble such strong fields for both the PG and AIG elections. That is a real tribute to the industry. 

"Now it is up to you. The next three years are going to be a critical time for the pig industry and now you have the opportunity to choose the people you want to drive the industry forward. NPA members, you have a vote - make sure you use it!"