LOCAL ELECTIONS LOOK SET TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED IN MAY

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Local elections will go ahead in May this year, the government has confirmed, following suggestions they should be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

Across the Island, electors will go to the polls on 6th May voting for ward representatives for the Isle of Wight Council, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Crime Commissioner and in some areas, town and parish councillors too.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), Chloe Smith, the Cabinet Office minister, said safe and secure elections are the cornerstone of any democracy and Parliament’s decision is that they should go ahead in a COVID secure way but the decision would be kept under review.

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A high bar would be have to be set to delay to the polls, with robust evidence needed to change the date, as elections have continued safely, not just in some parts of the UK but around the world.

Ms Smith said:

“Due to the pandemic, many elections have already been delayed by a year but voters have the right to be heard and to decide who governs them.

“During the pandemic, local authorities will have taken a lot of serious decisions impacting directly on those residents, from council tax to road closures, and these are important issues where elected representatives should be held to account.”

Following the postponement of elections in 2020, including the Hampshire and IW Police and Crime Commissioners poll, government officials have been working with the Electoral Commission to provide guidance and determine how to safely deliver the polls, which will be updated closer to the time.

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Voters have a choice as to how they vote — either in person at polling stations, by postal vote or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).

Ms Smith said she would actively encourage anyone who is shielding, or would prefer not to attend the polling station, to apply for a postal or proxy vote now.

A secondary piece of legislation will be brought to the House of Commons soon to potentially extend the deadline for proxy voting so that if you are infected with COVID-19 in the days before the polls, everyone can still be able to vote.

Ms Smith said campaigning activity should only be carried out safely, adhering to regulations in place at the time, and invited all political parties “to play a responsible roll in ensuring they are providing information to voters in a safe way that does voters the credit they deserve in an important moment of choice but that takes place in unusual times.”

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Amanda-Ghosts
Amanda-Ghosts
6 days ago

We need to ensure we all vote, dull as local elections can seem. For this crew we now are burdened with have ruined, or are in the process of ruining all Island people’s standards of life here. As the huge building they allow will cause massive problems for the future, as lack of jobs, thus more crime, and ever more added to the growing number of unneeded people, as having children becomes the ‘only way’ of then securing a home and income for many. Roads will become intolerable. Our roads were never built as many mainland roads were for such… Read more »

Chad_Mullun
Chad_Mullun
Reply to  Amanda-Ghosts
6 days ago

Very concise summary of the years of enduring these awful so called ‘leaders’ for our Island. I fully agree that the huge amount of building to be undertaken is not ‘organic’ and little meant for ‘Island people’, but all part of a deeper, more lucrative scheme for developers, who are ‘more’ than just grateful for the granted permission from these dubious, destructive people who we foolishly trusted to look after this Island and OUR best interests NOT theirs or those who have out-bred their own surroundings and now will do the same here. I shall be at the front of… Read more »

6 fingered larry .
6 fingered larry .
6 days ago

We must vote conservative to prevent the scourge of socialism .

Mr Mark
Mr Mark
Reply to  6 fingered larry .
6 days ago

Seems that the Tories are just like Labour now. Giving away cash, punishing banks, allowing imm’s etc etc.

So to vote OUT this council will be more than worth it.

plod
plod
Reply to  6 fingered larry .
6 days ago

When I go to vote I expect to vote in secret.

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