Election of the President

The Standing Orders of the Legislative Council in the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, require an election to be held at every opening of Parliament, for the office of President. The election, conducted by the Clerk, involves Members nominating candidates. Each nomination must be seconded and the nominee must also accept the nomination.

If one Member only is nominated and seconded as President, the nominee is deemed to have been duly elected and is escorted by the proposer and seconder to the Chair. When more than one Member is nominated and seconded an open vote is held. The open vote requires the Clerk to announce the name of each candidate in turn and ask Members who support the candidate to stand in their place. All Members in the Chamber must vote, but are only entitled to vote once. The candidate with the most votes is elected President.

Once elected, the President acknowledges to the Council the honour conferred upon him or her and then takes the Chair. Immediately after the election of the President, the Council elects a Deputy President. Before proceeding to any other business, the President announces that he or she, along with any other Members that wish to accompany the President, will present himself, or herself, to the Governor of Victoria as the choice of the Council as their President. The President subsequently presents himself or herself to the Governor in the Parliamentary Library and in turn presents all the members and Senior Officers of the Council to the Governor.