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NOM­I­NA­TIONS HAVE CLOSED for the elected places on the Canal & River Trust’s gov­ern­ing na­tional Coun­cil – and there are guar­an­teed to be plenty of new faces on board in 2016, with only one ex­ist­ing mem­ber stand­ing for re-elec­tion.

In the case of the four pri­vate boater places, it also looks to be rather less IWA-heavy: af­ter three of th­ese went to Trustees of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion in 2012, only one re­mains ( Vaughan Welch, who has re­cently stood down as a Trustee) – al­though IWA now gets to nom­i­nate a non-elected mem­ber.

How­ever, a sur­pris­ingly low pro­por­tion of those put for­ward for elec­tion have at­tracted the nec­es­sary num­ber of spon­sors. Of the 29 nom­i­nees stand­ing for the boater places, barely a quar­ter se­cured the nec­es­sary ten back­ers. Sim­i­larly with the new place rep­re­sent­ing CRT vol­un­teers, even with a lower thresh­old of five spon­sors, just three out of ten qual­i­fied, while only four out of eight chas­ing the two places for Boat­ing Busi­ness re­ceived enough sup­port.

Fi­nally, the sec­ond new seat, elected by mem­bers of the Friends of CRT, didn’t at­tract any can­di­dates with five valid nom­i­na­tions – and may, there­fore, be con­sid­ered for a co-opted mem­ber of the Friends in­stead.

All el­i­gi­ble vot­ers (which in the case of the leisure boat­ing places means hold­ers of long-term li­cences) should re­ceive a log-in code by email or post in time for on­line polling, which runs from 13 Novem­ber to 11 De­cem­ber.

The re­sults will be an­nounced on 13 De­cem­ber.

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