Local Democracy Scotland can be proud of As the UK heads to the polls, the Electoral Reform Society Scotland has welcomed the fact that there is not a single uncontested seat in Scottish local authorities.
Wales alone boasts over 95 uncontested seats – with 140, 000 voters denied a say.
In the last set of Scottish Local elections run under First Past the Post in 2003 Scotland had 61 uncontested seats. Following the shift to the Single Transferable Vote in 2007 that figure hit zero.
Willie Sullivan, Director of Electoral Reform Society Scotland said:
In hundreds of wards across the UK voters will not get the chance to have their say this Thursday. These elections were a done deal without a single vote being cast. But once again Scotland has left the plague of uncontested seats behind.
“We know that the First Past the Post system used in England and Wales and here in Scotland for Westminster elections gives us seats so safe that it’s not even worth anyone else standing. If you’re lucky you might get a paper candidate faxed in from central office.
“Now Scotland has a local democracy we can all be proud of. With the Single Transferable Vote people will get a real say on who runs their local authorities this week. But while we live in a fairly elected multi-party democracy we should remember our fellow voters in England and Wales, and encourage them to settle for nothing less.”
For comment or analysis during the 2012 Scottish local election contact Willie Sullivan on 07940 523842 firstname.lastname@example.org