I must ask you to publish this correction to Zoë Blackler's article (AJ 9.5.02) which implies without justification, impropriety in the operation of the election procedures for the chair and vice-chair, for which I am responsible as returning officer.
The ARB is not refusing to release details of nominations for its future office holders. In accordance with the election rules, nominations for the posts were circulated to members on Tuesday 7 May. Following that, with their consent, a press release was issued. The fact that this timetable did not suit Blackler is no reason for her suggesting that there is lack of transparency in the process.
The novel proposal put forward by Blackler that the standing of any one candidate or candidates can be a fait accompli against other candidates standing seems ludicrous, given the election rules which require candidates to be nominated by other Board members.As candidates presented themselves, I told each of them of the other nominations.
Finally, no Board member, nor indeed anybody else known to me, has called for the election to be cancelled.
Robin Vaughan, chief executive and registrar, ARB