Friday, May 18, 2007

Fucking hell! Surely they can't be serious?
The Electoral Reform Society has hailed Scotland's council election as a resounding success.

The organisation has suggested that there were "major inadequacies" in the vote for the Scottish Parliament, which saw more than 140,000 rejected ballots.

However, a report from the society will say that the single transferable vote (STV) system used in the council election worked well.

What, I wonder, would it take for it to be hailed "a disaster"?

3 comments:

The Remittance Man said...

At least the Nigerians recognise that their last election was a complete cock-up. They are currently awaiting a ruling from the courts as to whether they've got to rerun the damned things.

cosmoturfer said...

I don't get your point here DK. I think you're confusing two different polls.

The 142,000 spoilt ballots were in the Scottish Parliament election which - obviously - was a total debacle. The % of spoilt ballots in the local council elections was far lower despite the new STV electoral system... hence the ERS conclusion that it worked well.

doctorvee said...

Yup, the council election held under STV had five times fewer spoilt papers than the Scottish Parliament election. The new voting system was a success -- it was the old system (plus the new design of the ballot paper) that people found confusing.