STOKE CITY'S Supporters Council have extended the deadline for those wishing to stand for the General Seats up for election on their representative body.
The Council have confirmed that there are still two places among the General Seats to fill following the initial opportunity to submit nominations for that poll.
The deadline has now been extended by a further week to midday on Friday 3rd May to present another chance for fans to put their names forward.
Those supporters who submitted nominations at the outset of this process will automatically take their places on the Council and a decision on whether there is a need for a poll for the other two places will be made following next week's deadline.
The process of filling a total of four General Seats on the democratically-elected body is the first stage of elections to give more fans a voice on the Council.
This Supporters Council, which met again before the Norwich match, has already had a considerable impact in the short time it has been in existence, thus providing supporters with a platform on which they can raise issues with senior representatives of the Club.
"The Supporters Council has had a successful first year, but the more interest there is from fans, the better," commented Chairman Malcolm Clarke.
"There is now an opportunity for other fans to make a contribution by putting themselves forward as candidates for election to the Council."
He added: "Those elected to the Supporters Council serve for two years, with approximately half the seats being up for election each year.
"If you would like to discuss how the Council works, please contact myself on 07939 594730 or the Vice Chair Angela Smith on [email protected].
Once the General Seats have been decided, the process of seeking applications for five specialist seats will then commence on Monday 13th May.
Any Season Ticket holder/Member who did not get voted into one of the General Seats will automatically qualify for a Specialist Seat in one of the following categories.
This is subject to the Season Ticket holder/Member being registered in the particular section for the following five categories.
The Specialist Seats are:
- Registered Disabled Supporter
- Season Ticket holder in Q-railing Lower
- Under-18 Season Ticket holder in the Family Stand
- Corporate Member
- Season Ticket holder in the Q-railing Upper Stand
As in the case of the poll for the General Seats, anyone standing for a Specialist Seat must submit an election statement of no more than 250 words.
The deadline for the Specialist Seat applications will be 12 midday on Friday 24th May after which there will be a two-week voting period up until Friday 7th June.
Those fans putting themselves forward for the elections can submit their statements of no more than 250 words to [email protected] or they can do so by delivering it to the Britannia Stadium clearly marked Supporters Council elections.