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Can an individual nominate himself/herself for consideration as a "Presiding Officer" i.e. "Chair", "Vice Chair", "Secretary", etc.?

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Can an individual nominate himself/herself for consideration as a "Presiding Officer" i.e. "Chair", "Vice Chair", "Secretary", etc.?

 

But note that the secretary is not considered to be a "presiding officer". At any given point in a meeting there is only one "presiding officer". It's usually the president or vice-president (or chair or vice-chair) but in their absence anyone can be selected to serve as a temporary presiding officer (though it should probably be someone other than the secretary as she already has a job to do).

 

In other words, the term "presiding officer" describes a role, not an office.

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Can an individual nominate himself/herself for consideration as a "Presiding Officer" i.e. "Chair", "Vice Chair", "Secretary", etc.?

If your question is, "Can someone nominate himself for office", the answer, as Chris Harrison correctly said in the first response, is "yes". 

 

If your question is, "Can someone nominate himself as "presiding officer", the answer gets a bit more complicated, as others have pointed out.  For example, if your president normally presides, but he is absent, and you have a vice president who is present, the job of presiding at that meeting automatically is that of the vice president. 

 

It is possible to temporarily remove the chairman from presiding and to elect a chairman pro-tem, but that is an altogether different situation and the method of doing so depends on the circumstance. 

 

If the president and all vice presidents are absent, the secretary should call the meeting to order and then the assembly should immediately proceed to elect a chairman pro-tem for that meeting.  It would be permissible for someone to nominate himself in that situation.  

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