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Croydon Heads to the Polls Amidst Blunder Posted On 08 October 2021

The people of Croydon went to the polls on Thursday October 7th, over how Croydon should be run in the future

 

The direct choice which voters could choose from is whether the leader should be an elected councillor, decided by a vote of other elected councillors. The alternative option is for voters to elect a mayor, which would be a change from the current model.

 

However, despite such an important vote, the focus is ironically on the council, and in particular, Katherine Kerswell, the council chief executive, who is responsible for not ensuring that all voters have received their poll cards in time.

 

Poll cards are not mandatory for anyone to issue their vote, although they are effective at providing all relevant information on the upcoming vote, as well as serving as a reminder to visit the polls. Among the information stated on a poll card, is the date of the vote or election, as well as the time, and each voter’s closest polling station.

 

The Croydon Government website clearly states that ‘You should receive your poll cards at least two weeks before an election or referendum. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card’. But this did not occur, resulting in embarrassment for the council.

 

Despite complaints from many residents that they had not received their poll cards, Kerswell issued a statement on Wednesday evening, during which she failed to state whether the errant poll cards were, in fact, down to incompetencies of the council. Instead, the statement said, ‘A tremendous amount of planning and preparation goes into every polling day, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the polling stations tomorrow. I want to encourage all of our residents to come out and cast their vote – this is a really important opportunity to exercise your democratic right and have your say on how your council is run’.

 

If the blame does land at the feet of the council, it will leave the residents puzzled, at the very least, to work out how Kerswell justifies her circa £20,000 fee for overseeing any and all elections, which includes the sending out of poll cards.

 

Voting take-up was only projected to be around 20% of eligible voters, so it will be interesting to see if the lack of poll cards affects this figure.

 

Polls closed at 10pm on Thursday, with results due on Friday.

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