Your statement must be no longer than 100 words for the elections unless otherwise stated. That includes for example dates and abbreviations. For online elections, once you have reached the limit the system will not permit you to type anything further in the space provided.
Role profile and skills
First, read the role profile and skills needed for that role and make sure that your statement is relevant. You could use real life examples of where you have demonstrated that you have the skills needed.
Don't write in All CAPITALS
Writing in all-capital letters may come across as if you are shouting, as will the use of exclamation marks. Consider other ways to get your message across while conveying its importance.
Recognised BMA and other abbreviations can help you keep within the word limit but make sure they are easily understood. It's better to spell it out and write what you mean.
Do not make a candidate statement longer than it needs to be. Text online is harder to read than printed communications. A long statement can be discouraging and be abandoned before the recipient gets to your final point all the way down at the bottom.
Avoid humour and irony which can be misunderstood. It is always best to keep the tone professional and business like.
Discriminatory, unpleasant or negative comments could constitute harassment and are not acceptable. If these are found in your statement, you will be asked to remove them.
No hyperlinks are permitted within an individual’s candidate statement, including links to websites, YouTube accounts or any other electronic media. Depending on the election you may be able to upload a photo or video.
Review your statement
Allow plenty of time to complete your statement and revisit it before the close of nominations. When you return to it, read it through from the recipient's perspective. This can help you avoid any unintended consequences.
Check before you save. Although you can go in and edit your statement up to the time when nominations close, once the deadline has passed you cannot change it. You should therefore treat a nomination form like any other official document. Read it before you save it. Errors are just as unfortunate in candidate statements as anywhere else in your corporate correspondence. Look out for potential misunderstandings, and check for tone, and inappropriate comments. Negative comments about other candidates will be removed.
Remember that you are responsible for content - the election team will not amend grammar and spelling. The elections team will contact you if there is a problem with your statement. If you do not respond within the time limit set by the elections team, they will amend as necessary.
Any civil or criminal liability in respect of publishing or copying an election address rests solely with the candidate concerned.