Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system

Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system

Residents invited to have their say on Hertsmere democratic system

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A council is proposing to change how often councillors are elected.

Hertsmere Borough Council is asking residents to take part in the consultation exercise that could change the election cycle in Hertsmere.

Currently the council hold ‘elections by thirds’ which means that elections are held each year for three successive years out of four.

Six wards have two councillors and will go to the polls twice over a four year period to elect one of the councillors for their ward. Nine wards have three councillors, so will vote in three consecutive years in a four year period.

The council is considering changing this current election cycle to ‘whole council elections’ which would mean that all seats on the council would be elected at the same time, once every four years.

Leader of the council, Councillor Morris Bright, is urging local residents to have their say.

He said: "It is important you have your say on how local democracy in Hertsmere is carried out.

"After consulting with residents there will be a special full council meeting in July where we will consider the issue, which you can attend or watch live via a webcast on our website."

If there is support for the whole council approach, then it would be introduced for May 2015 elections.

For more information visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/howoftenshouldweelect

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11:33pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

I understand the Tory party wants to change the law so that unions can only call industrial action if 51% of eligible members vote to do. I think we should apply the same principle to councillors, you can only get elected if 51% of the electorate vote for you! not a simple majority among the 30% of people who do vote.
I understand the Tory party wants to change the law so that unions can only call industrial action if 51% of eligible members vote to do. I think we should apply the same principle to councillors, you can only get elected if 51% of the electorate vote for you! not a simple majority among the 30% of people who do vote. Andrew1963
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1:12pm Mon 31 Mar 14

not a regular says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I understand the Tory party wants to change the law so that unions can only call industrial action if 51% of eligible members vote to do. I think we should apply the same principle to councillors, you can only get elected if 51% of the electorate vote for you! not a simple majority among the 30% of people who do vote.
Anarchy in the event of low turnout? I like it.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I understand the Tory party wants to change the law so that unions can only call industrial action if 51% of eligible members vote to do. I think we should apply the same principle to councillors, you can only get elected if 51% of the electorate vote for you! not a simple majority among the 30% of people who do vote.[/p][/quote]Anarchy in the event of low turnout? I like it. not a regular
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1:32pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

Yes - to avoid a total breakdown in civil society, we would have to impose some form of local marshal law where non elected officials make decisions, like deciding planning applications and what colour wheelie bin you put your cardboard in.
Yes - to avoid a total breakdown in civil society, we would have to impose some form of local marshal law where non elected officials make decisions, like deciding planning applications and what colour wheelie bin you put your cardboard in. Andrew1963
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