by derekdeedman on 26 May, 2013
As a postal voter I know the names of the two candidates, but although all electors know there is an election, as there are poll cards for every elector, non-postal voters are unlikely to know who the candidates are. And since they are both standing as independents, and neither is apparently distributing any leaflets, it is not even possible to have any idea of the sort of policies they might support or be against.
There has been some information in the local press about one of the candidates who is a member of the Friends of the Memorial Field, but there appears to be no widespread knowledge of what she would do as parish councillor. The other candidate has been nominated by a well known active member of the local Conservatives, so presumable she generally supports their policies, but not necessarily – again no leaflet to say what she would do as a parish councillor.
It is not too late for both candidates to distribute a leaflet to say what they stand for and what they would do on the Parish Council if elected. Hopefully this will happen, as the By-Election is costing Council Tax payers a lot of money and the least both candidates can do, having decided to stand,is to let us know why.
Update – 5 June
Well, at long last there has been a leaflet from one of the candidates – but too late to influence my vote as I have a postal vote and I had already sent my postal ballot paper in to the Electoral Returning Officer! Hopefully, in any event, it will encourage non-postal voters to go to vote tomorrow at the polling station. There was also, however, an excellent positive leaflet about a bid for a new skateboard park to be located at the Leisure Centre site. I have always supported such a location for the park and will be supporting the planning application.
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