The National Service Users Executive (NSUE) has been set up to represent users of the Irish mental health services.
It’s done a lot already. Some of the most important structures are in place.
But it’s meant to be a representative body, so that means elections.
That also means an electorate.
Right now, there is an urgent need to inform people about the existence and role of NSUE. I’m afraid not enough people know about it, yet.
And the time for the first batch of elections is nearly here.
This is what it says on the NSUE website:
Pre - Election Information Meeting Southern Region
An information meeting for service users, their family members and friends, on the election process for representatives to the National Service Users Executive will take place on Saturday, 18 April, at 2.00 p.m. in the Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork.
Postal elections in the Southern Region will take place on 05 June which means that ballot papers must be posted in time to arrive on or before 05 June. The ballot box will be sealed by the Returning Officer after the last post on 05 June and the votes will be counted on Saturday 06 June. Any votes received after 05 June will be deemed invalid.
Topics covered at this meeting will include:
- how to become a candidate
- the opportunities which will be provided for each candidate to speak or to communicate their election manifesto with their electorate
- the way in which the election will take place
- the voting procedure
- the process of the counting of votes and the declaration of successful candidates