Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Local Council Elections - 2012

In less than 24 hours the polls will open for the local council elections in throughout the UK.  Over the past couple of weeks I have reviewed the proposed policies on a number of environmental issues with a particular focus on Glasgow and found them to be generally lacking in detail, imagination or ambition. There are clearly other important issues on which the mainstream parties have focused the debate, such as education, health and employment, but these are often linked to environmental factors.  Better classrooms which can be temperature regulated well ventilated can aid concentration and hence academic achievement. Access to good quality open space, safer cycling and walking routes and clean air can improve health and decent public transport infrastructure can improve mobility and hence job opportunities, especially considering the low car ownership in the most deprived areas of the city.

Follow the links below for previous posts on specific topics:

The election will be for 3 or 4 councilors for your ward using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.  This means that more than one party is likely to represent your area in the council.  This is the same system that was used five years ago, on the same day as the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections which uses a different voting system, and caused significant confusion and a high number of spoiled ballots. The following from the Electoral Commission explains what you will see and what you have to do:

The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name, party logo and their address.
Rank the candidates in order of preference. Put a 1 next to your first choice candidate, a 2 next to your second choice, a 3 next to your third choice, and so on. You can rank as few or as many candidates as you like.
If you make a mistake then you can ask the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.
Traditionally, the turn out for local elections is low and with the STV voting system, your vote is more likely to count than ever before.  Millions of people around the world do not have the opportunity to vote so please don't waste yours.

This link contains a list of all candidates standing in Ward 18 - East Centre.

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