European elections: Lewisham's walk-on bit-part role

In all the hurly-burly of the forthcoming European elections, spare a thought for those who labour behind the scenes to get the votes in and counted - because Lewisham is set to play a fairly significant role.
In the back-room bureaucracy of the election of London's new European Parliament representatives on June 4th, the returning officer will be Barry Quirk - the chief executive of Lewisham Council.

He'll be responsible for supervising the count and announcing which eight candidates have been elected as MEPs through the proportional representation system.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

As long as we keep the greens out, i'll be happy.

Anonymous said...

Well the way it works is that 'we' all get a vote each. Clever eh?

Tamsin said...

With the result that for the whole month beforehand Lewisham bodies cannot book their usual rooms in the Town Hall.

Si said...

As long as we keep anonymous plonkers out who say keep the greens out, we'll all be happy.

Tamsin said...

The words "piss-up" and "brewery" come to mind. We received our voting cards yesterday including the one for my daughter - able to vote for the first time but away at University. She can, of course, apply for a postal vote if, according to the card, she does so by 5pm on Tuesday 19th May!

She does, admittedly, have a further week in which to arrange to vote by proxy but what 18 year old is going to appoint her parents as proxy voters on her behalf and a week is not much time to arrange for anyone else.

Is anyone surprised the young don't bother to vote?

fabhat said...

Tamsin,
When I was at University I registered for my local area there and did most of my voting there, rather than home as that was where I was most of the time. I think I was still on the London register, so if I was in London - could vote there instead.
But as for the trustyworthyness of proxy voter - one teacher at my secondary school very proudly told our class that she had been the proxy voter for her husband (lab) and she as a conservative decided the votes would just cancel each other out, so she voted conservative for him as well! I'm sure your daughter can trust you not to do that...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I registerred in Manchester when I was at University there and it was the only time I have got to vote in a marginal seat.

Next time I move I going for a marginal so I can at least fee I am making a difference at an election.

Darren Johnson spotted on the train from Brockley this morning about 10ish reading the Daily Telegraph.

A closet Tory perhaps or looking for more on MP's expenses?

Tamsin said...

Yes, for the future she might well do that - just a bit late for this time. The people at Lewisham came back to me pretty quick. Apparently most cards went out last week, they have just had a problem with "a few" that they are taking up with the post office.
Fabhat - appalling story that could be grounds for divorce! And she was proud enough of it to tell her pupils. What an example of adult integrity...

Cllr Dean Walton said...

@TM Darren's confirmed that prior to flipping through the Telegraph for the latest stuff on MPs expenses he had read the Guardian from cover to cover.

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