azrael wrote:Not sure how much uncertainty there is with 'If no nominations occur then nominations remain open indefinitely.' and 'Should a candidate be nominated after the initial 31 days, nominations must then remain open for at least a further 14 days. '
The uncertainty is here: "The nomination period must remain open for a period of no less than 14 days, and normally no more than 31 days". Say a post becomes vacant. How long is the nomination period? 14 days, 31 days, or somewhere in between? It's impossible to tell from the text. If the nomination period is announced to end at a certain time, and some nominations occurred, can the NEC extend the period?
If the NEC is allowed latitude in how long the nominating period is, or on whether to extend it, then they could fall open to accusations of bias. This would be bad, as it may cause ill-feeling within the party. Therefore I think it would be best if the rules for elections specify as much as possible about time periods (for nominations, campaigning and voting), so that no such accusations can be made.