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It’s a mystery..

It’s a mystery why anyone would imagine having council elections on the same day as the Holyrood elections is a good idea ? It’s arguable that there wasn’t any confusion between the parliament and council vote as the percentage of spoiled papers was more or less normal for a council election, despite STV being deployed for the first time. Judging by the papers I saw for adjudication, it’s clear that many people actively chose to mark up the entire paper all the way down the line, and you have to figure they had some idea of what they were doing. The ballot chaos arose from the confusion between the list and first past the post votes for the parliament and maybe that’s an argument for looking at STV for Holyrood – on the grounds of if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for them.. ?The latest news about papers not being looked at by anyone after leaving the voters hand and being adjudicated by machine, just calls into question the insanity of attempting an electronic count for both elections on the same day, despite all the recommendations of returning officers not to do this.. However, the issue of enabling council candidates to be elected on local issues with a distinctive mandate and manifesto is at the heart of respecting and empowering local government – that’s why de-coupling is essential. Could an outbreak of common sense be about to erupt at Holyrood – hold the front page !

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September 7, 2007 - Posted by | Elections, Labour party

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