I have been sent this letter which comes from Dot Jessiman, a member of the SNP NEC. She has not had an reply. It highlights some of the problems with the way the vote was conducted. A secret ballot on the NEC was unheard of in my day. NEC members are expected to be accountable at all times. PR was never ever used. The vote was unconstitutional and as such should be declared null and void. My thanks to Dot for her honesty and being held accountable. If others did the same this mess would never have happened.
From: Dorothy Jessiman <mail@Redacted
Sent: 03 August 2020 19:07
To: ‘Business Convener’ <redacted
Cc: ‘national.secretary <national.secretary
Subject: Double Vetting – Vote taken NEC Meeting 30th July 2020
Dear Kirsten ,
Having thought over the matter very carefully I am writing to you to challenge the manner and form of the vote taken on this item. I think it will by now be clear that my warning of the impossibility in the circumstances of our being seen as impartial was more than justified. Given that many speakers claimed to be taking a decision of principle the need for a secret ballot it seems odd, and certainly would seem to imply that the members were well aware of the probable result of certain of the options and chose, shamefully, to hide their actions behind a secret ballot. More importantly I wish to challenge the use of the single transferable vote and in a form that left no option to abstain from expressing a “preference” on options some of which I found frankly abhorrent. I was therefore unable to prevent my preferences from contributing to a succession of increasingly unacceptable options including the most extreme. Others must have been similarly placed leaving the final result in dispute . I am not prepared to accept this or to be seen as a party to it. The only democratic action available to us is for the vote – open – to be retaken and voted on a straight yes/no basis for each option.