Monday, April 25, 2005

Passed the Post

Well, it took seven days and the efforts of three bloggers to get a straight answer, but the white smoke has risen over Yardley and I am able to confirm that [drum roll] John Hemming's boys and girls are processing postal vote applications through their local office.

As I have said before - it is entirely legal and is done by the other parties as well. It is just that the Electoral Commission don't like the parties having anything to do with postal votes.


john said...
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john said...

I gave you a clear answer previously in that forms are available from our office. If that is the case then clearly we are handling the application forms.

PoliticalHack said...

Actually, you didn't. You weren't asked about the actual ballot papers, which you are quite properly refusing to even handle. Your answer mentioned that you had application forms in your office, but did not mention whether they were returned directly to the Elections Office or passed back to yourselves.

You've given a straight answer, so thanks for that.

john said...

Whether the forms were returned by the voter or indeed put in our office depended upon the voter.

In any event the deadline was 5pm today.

Regardless I made the point quite clear in that we had forms in the office.

Interestingly a lot of the media asked these questions. My response was that the Electoral Commission was not bothered about the herd of Stallions that had bolted down the road and were fussing about locking the stable door before an innocuous donkey decided whether or not it wished to go for a meander.

Probably not that good an analogy.
But links to locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.