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- 1 week, 5 days ago #3568
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One of my frustrations in regards to local elections is based upon the lack of restrictions as to whom can stand for a specific political ward in local elections. In my view elected councillors should be people who live locally and knows local issues best. Not simply a name, upholding party politics for one of the two main political parties. I fully accept frustrations with technicalities of someone being marginally outside a ward but otherwise having full experience of another being excluded if the rules were tightened but abuses to the current system results in the local micro elite at the borough council which is damaging our town and in the county council it takes proper democracy away with people just voting for a party regardless of where the person is located resulting in little representation. I am sure Ipswich isn’t alone in being disadvantaged with this “fair” system, fair based upon its nationwide extent.
Only one of five candidates in Bixley Division are located within that division.
Only two of five candidates in Bridge Division are located within that division.
Only three of seven candidates in Chantry Division are located within that division.
Only two of five candidates in Gainsborough Division are located within that division.
Only two of five candidates in Priory Heath Division are located within that division.
Only three of five candidates in Rushmere Division are located within that division.
Only two of five candidates in St Helens Division are located within that division.
Only two of five candidates in St Johns Division are located within that division.
Only six of eight candidates in St Margarets & Westgate Division are located within that division.
Only two of nine candidates in Whitehouse & Whitton Division are located within that division.
From a total of 59 candidates, only 25 are located within the division they wish to represent. 34 candidates are being fielded in divisions which they are not part of. Divisions are generally a borough political ward or combination… to be complicated some are split or made up of different areas entirely. Chantry for example is the wards of Sprites, Gipping and Stoke Park.
Of course, candidates which don’t get elected are irrelevant post-election, however, democratic representation suffers when the chosen candidates (typically due to political party) don’t reside in the area, especially if they don’t care. This said, the people voted them…1 week, 5 days ago #3575
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I guess I’m lucky, my complete lack of interest in local elections other years has changed as I have an independent I can vote for this time around. And will be doing so. I’m concerned however that the message is not getting out at all. I just happened to be clued up on local affairs and therefore following the right people and organisations on Facebook otherwise i suspect i would be clueless, like many other must still be.
I don’t ever recall a knock on the door at local election time, nor in some years any flyers or any effort to canvas my vote whatsoever.
I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!1 week, 5 days ago #3577
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It is exactly the same where I am except Labour the other year bullying elderly people to vote for them on polling day.
I really don’t understand why the local authority (which is responsible for doing polling stations etc.) doesn’t organise something such as a website for cheapness where every candidate gets an equal opportunity to introduce themselves. It could be a 2 minute embedded YouTube video and a pledge. Candidates wouldn’t need to do it by law but would help connect them to the electorate. It would also give opportunity to give out contact details. Candidates could then hire the local village or church hall as like a surgery etc. if they wish to. Ipswich Star should be doing this.
Candidates actually do go out just before election time to get support – well most of them. The main parties always target certain areas, so if you don’t fall within the area of undecided voters, a rival party stronghold or area of high number of elderly people you don’t see them. The same goes with their marketing material, they prioritise where they get delivered. Generally the same people but they do take on people just to deliver.
I will be voting UKIP at this election – just to say thanks for the EU referendum. This said, I know nothing of the candidate and don’t specifically support any of their political party’s policies… not read their manifesto or even visited their website. This is generally the same standard as those voting for the main two parties or randomly selecting another candidate as a protest vote. Just not voting for Conservatives (Suffolk Conservatives suffocate Suffolk, specifically Ipswich), Labour (who are clueless alternative without proper policies and want to give Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft their own Park & Ride which is bad news for Ipswich) or Lib Dems (weak party too open to compromise). UKIP aren’t really relevant for local government so I am hoping it is just going to be like an independent. I am not expecting them to cause a riot in Norwich Road or deport anyone.
Suffolk really needs political reform. I will await for Reform Suffolk’s performance at the elections before deciding the next action.
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