Exclusive The RCGP is having to re-run the election of its next chair, after one of the two candidates was disqualified due to a ‘technical error’.
Dr Steve Mowle, who is RCGP vice chair, and Dr Maureen Baker were the only candidates for chair; however, the RCGP council decided to re-open nominations after a ‘technical error’ meant one of them was disqualified.
Nominations to replace Professor Clare Gerada, whose term ends in November, will now be re-opened in March.
The RCGP said in a statement: ‘Two candidates submitted nominations for the role of chair-elect of council but, due to a technical error, one of the candidates was subsequently ruled out from running in the election. Due process was followed throughout.
‘Council has reached its decision on the grounds that the chair-elect needs the full mandate of Council, as representatives of the RCGP’s 46,000 membership.
‘The vote to re-run the election was taken in the interests of democracy and at no time was the suitability of the individual candidates ever a factor.’
The RCGP refused to confirm the exact nature of the technical error, and which candidate was involved.