|Photo credit: Peter Alfrey|
I can't begin to explain how sad this image makes me feel.
Tags croydon, greenparty
|Incinerator and politics again|
|Mr Fishfinger who stood against Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron in Westmoreland and Lonsdale|
I have considered what Mr Y said in his complaint.
What I found Mr Y was a candidate in the last general election and complains the Council decided not to allow candidates on stage when the declaration of the result was announced.
Mr Y feels he should have been allowed to stand on stage and feels he was denied this right.
The Returning Officer is responsible for organising elections. In this role, the Returning Officer works independently and not on behalf of the Council. The Ombudsman has no legal jurisdiction therefore to investigate complaints about the organisation of elections. This includes how the result was announced.
Final decision: We have no legal remit to investigate the organisation of elections and so cannot investigate Mr Y’s complaint.
Investigator’s decision on behalf of the Ombudsman
"In recent times, candidates have not stood on the stage at Sutton when the counts have been announced".
|2015 General Election Declaration|
Sutton were not alone in not asking candidates to stand on the stage - Merton and Croydon did the same. House keeping that seems relevant - I am not sure whether you attended the 2015 count in Sutton, you would have noted that we managed to add two extra teams meaning that the stage was smaller - the main reason for this is that we ran the count as mini counts in wards and we have 18 wards - this meant that we finished almost 2 hours earlier this year. With this in mind I for future need to re-arrange my count floor so the stage remains a decent size and there is room to move at the front of the hall - you will have noted how cramped it was which is why we removed tables at the end. The decision taken not to invite candidates was not political or for the reasons the article and tweets implied.Just to add, on the night of the Count, the Declaration for Sutton and Cheam constituency was called about an hour before Carshalton and Wallington. I noticed immediately that only the victor was called up on stage. I immediately went to the Head of Electoral Services and asked if all the candidates would be allowed on stage for the Declaration for Carshalton & Wallington. I was pointed in the direction of Niall Bolger. The Head of Electoral Services did not offer the explanation of the 'smaller stage' as per the reply to my complaint, and instead indicated that the CEO could allow it. I walked up to Niall Bolger, and in the rudest manner imaginable he said:
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