According to the electoral roll published on the website of the Order of Nurses, there are four lists that present candidacies, two with candidacies for the president and the various regional sections, while two others are only directed to regional organs, one from the Autonomous Region of the Azores and one from Madeira. The current president, Ana Rita Cavaco, is running for office, heading list A with the motto "Proudly with Nurses."
The list of proposals also includes the creation of the nursing museum and a nurse support office.
From list B, with the motto "Nursing – The Greater Cause", appears as candidate for president, the nurse Belmiro Pereira Rocha.
List B proposals include a strategic plan that determines the needs of nurses in the various categories or the promotion of "social recognition of nurses".
Belmiro Pereira Rocha's list also proposes to create a support fund for members of the Order in a "proven vulnerability" situation.
The elections on November 6 are also contested for lists C and E, with candidates, respectively, to the regional bodies of Madeira and the Azores.
In addition to the four lists, another was excluded in his candidacy to the national and regional bodies, announcing that he intended to challenge the electoral act.
The excluded list – "Dignifying the Order, Valuing Nurses" – rejects the arguments presented by the electoral commission, considering that it is "an illegal and prejudicial decision of the rights of the List members and highly detrimental to the interests of the Portuguese nurses".
The list in question considers it regrettable the rejection of all the applications it has submitted (to the national and regional bodies – central, north and south) and says that it reveals "in stark fashion the need for change in the governing bodies of the Order of Nurses".
One of the electoral commission's arguments has to do with non-compliance with the parity law between men and women.
However, also list B, led by Belmiro Rocha, announced that it has filed a lawsuit with the Lisbon Administrative Court to challenge the decisions of the Electoral Commission, saying they "violate the law."
List B says it was notified that the list to the Southern Regional section of its application had been excluded because it did not comply with the parity law by presenting more women than men.