Ah sorry what I was trying to express is with a rule saying you need a seconder then this person would be prevented from standing, even though they put themselves forward in time before nominations closed if they did not have to time to get someone to post seconding them.
it is not a large barrier, but means that one person cannot easily cause disruption like that without additional member support, and that doing so with the deliberate intention of subverting the election process requires conspiracy, which is one simple protection against misfeasance.
I do concede that a seconder does introduce the principle of conspiracy to one looking to subvert the election process.
However I feel strongly, regardless of motives, any member eligible by the other requirements should be free to stand for an election. Even 'if' they wanted to subvert, we must acknowledge that this party is founded on democracy and therefore everyone must be given an equal chance to stand and as such it is up to the members to vote and choose if they elect an individual, bear in mind that Re-open Nominations should exist for ALL elections (even if there is only one candidate standing).
It could be perfectly possible that someone that does not participate on the forums much and is not known, decides that they wish to stand - I do not believe we should place barriers to this.
It is up to members to question and engage candidates to identify who they wish to vote for (This could end up being RON).
When you start placing unreasonable and/or unnecessary barriers to entry (Which I accept at only one supporter, this may not be seen as such) there is a fundamental clash between such barriers and principles of equality.
If there are any reasons apart from as a barrier for entry to the idea of requiring a seconder I genuinely welcome hearing them. (Or any other reasons why having this as a barrier should be used).
John, if you feel that there is anything in your post that I have not addressed (I think addressed most of it, even if indirectly by stating that it is up to voters t decide who to vote for, not for the Party to put barriers in place to prevent someone for standing as a candidate) please point it out and I will be happy to, you never know you might find that it is something that I agree with