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Election special #1
« on: April 28, 2010, 09:32:25 PM »


The Lamplighters network is detecting noises of quiet panic at the civic offices because, 7 days away from the general and local elections, Swindon Borough Council appears to be experiencing 'significant difficulty' in sending out the postal ballots to Swindon Constituents.

If you have requested a postal vote, but have not yet received your papers, please let us know - leaks@talkswindon.org

We know there have been significant irregularities in 'due process' at SBC recently, so we are paying particular attention to the electoral process.

Keep 'em peeled  :)



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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2010, 09:35:09 PM »
Have they not got enough credit left on the franking machine meter?
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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010, 09:46:14 PM »

Odd this.  Councillor David Renard was tweeting that he'd received his today:

http://twitter.com/CllrDavidRenard/statuses/13010902845

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Postal vote forms have arrived. They're a bit tricky but don't forget to vote Tomlinson on the wihte paper and Renard on the yellow paper!



TalkswindonTweet gave him a gentle prod:

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"Vote For Me!" Says #SwindonTory - David 'Butter-fingers' Renard - as his cabinet portfolio deficit nears £3m http://tinyurl.com/37su63j




Perhaps it's a localised problem with the postal votes?


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Re: Election special #1 - trying wi-fi ?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 12:07:41 AM »
Perhaps they are wi-fiing the postal ballots out !!

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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 08:23:00 PM »


The Lamplighters network is detecting noises of quiet panic at the civic offices because, 7 days away from the general and local elections, Swindon Borough Council appears to be experiencing 'significant difficulty' in sending out the postal ballots to Swindon Constituents.

If you have requested a postal vote, but have not yet received your papers, please let us know - leaks@talkswindon.org

We know there have been significant irregularities in 'due process' at SBC recently, so we are paying particular attention to the electoral process.

Keep 'em peeled  :)

so what's the problem? Couldn't be a problem with making a long standing SBC employee, who used to do this,  redundant so that they now rely on Crapita, could it?

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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 07:48:45 PM »
Francoise understands that Swindon Borough Councils Electoral services teams were yesterday strenuously denying this Lamplighters bulletin.

Today the same SBC electoral services team has reluctantly, quietly but only partially admitted that the information made public by our Lamplighters network is factually correct.

Swindon Lamplighters say: We knew our information was correct but were nevertheless disappointed by the immediate denials issued by Swindon Borough Council and left un peu bemused by the partial admission.

As of 19.30hrs this evening we are aware of more than 60 instances of incorrect postal ballots being received by North Swindon Residents and several more errors closer to the town centre.

Lamplighters are also reporting anecdotal references being made re: polling cards not being delivered/received in parts of Walcot Ward.   Francoise asks that these reports should be regarded as hearsay until proved otherwise. 

Some Walcot residents are saying that they don't know where to vote because of "The Dome" ?  Would a member clarify this statement for me please?  :)

Once again, if you are aware of any problems with polling cards and postal votes please let us know by emailing The Lamplighters Leakline

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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 08:56:06 AM »
http://order-order.com/2010/04/29/exclusive-kerry-mccarthy-illegal-postal-votes-tweets/

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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2010, 05:43:27 PM »
Or perhaps the Commonwealth - this comes from the BBC Election 2010 website:

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Election 2010: Commonwealth monitors watch UK election 
 

A team of observers from Commonwealth countries has arrived in the UK to watch how the election is conducted and suggest how it could be improved.

It will be the first time a Commonwealth team has observed elections in a developed country.

They will observe candidates' campaigns, polling stations and the count, before submitting final reports.

Already voter apathy in the UK has surprised the 11 observers from Africa and Asia.

Issues like voter apathy, party funding and the electoral system have also been raised.

The trip has been organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, with the aim of gaining insight into the UK's electoral process and share lessons from their own countries.

The observers include young parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

'Much to learn'

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, director of the RCS, said for "far too long" election observation had been a one-way street.

"Given how much effort has gone into designing strong democratic systems and electoral processes in many developing Commonwealth countries, Britain has much to learn from the rest of the world," he said.

There was already a "lot of intrigue" from the team over various aspects of the electoral system, Dr Sriskandarajah said, including how much the UK relies on trust when it comes to voting processes, and why Britain has opted for the first past the post system.

"Voter apathy has also attracted comment. Almost all of the team come from countries where election day is a huge deal for many people. Already, in two days, many are struck by how little fuss is being made about politicians and the election," he said.

"Most of these countries have higher turn out and they are genuinely curious about that."



 


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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2010, 07:58:30 PM »
Why is it easier to register for a vote with the council than to borrow a book? You do not need to have a fixed place of abode to vote. It is a fact that registration is the easiest in the world and I am happy with that. Its checking at the polling station that it is important to the process and postal voting could be replaced with a polling station open at the Council offices for up to 28 days before the polling day.

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Re: Election special #1
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2010, 08:29:26 PM »
Why is it easier to register for a vote with the council than to borrow a book? You do not need to have a fixed place of abode to vote. It is a fact that registration is the easiest in the world and I am happy with that. Its checking at the polling station that it is important to the process and postal voting could be replaced with a polling station open at the Council offices for up to 28 days before the polling day.

Just contributions to the discussion.

I remember after the 2000 election fiasco in the US, Ian Paisley suggesting that for the next US elections, the DUP would send some monitors to the US to ensure fairness....

(I think at times that there may be less difference between level of transparency and democracy here and in other countries than we'd like to think..)