The Pharmacy Guild has extended its election period after the Australian Electoral Commission decided to expand eligibility to vote

Honorary Life Members, who are not otherwise eligible for membership (i.e. they are not current pharmacy owners), have now been granted leave by the AEC to vote in Guild elections.

The Australian Electoral Commission raised the matter with the Guild following representations.

While the original closing date was Friday 8 September 2017, this small group of select members now have until 10am on Tuesday 3 October to participate in the ballot.

The extension is for Stage 2 elections (namely for National Councillor, Alternate National Councillor, Branch President or Branch Vice-President positions) in those States where positions are being contested – NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The National Council is the supreme governing body of the Guild, responsible for laying down all policies and deciding major issues, explains the Guild.

“As such, the new National Council in place for three years from November will have a vital role in the future of community pharmacy and the negotiation and implementation of the next Community Pharmacy Agreement,” it says.

Members have been encouraged to take part in the ballot.