Paul Nathanail writes: Broxtowe Borough Council has published details of the candidates for the European elections on 23 May:
There are 41 candidates for the 5 MEP seats but we only get ONE vote under the PR voting system. Candidates come from 8 parties and one independent.
In researching the elections, I came across some interesting facts:
In some Member States (the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Sweden) only political parties and political organisations may submit nominations. In all other Member States nominations may be submitted if they are endorsed by the required number of signatures or electors.
In some cases [such as the UK – see my PS below] a deposit is also required.
In most Member States, voters may cast preferential votes to change the order of the names on the list. However, in nine Member States (Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, the UK [BUT not Northern Ireland, see below], Estonia, Hungary and Romania) the lists are closed (no preferential vote). In Luxembourg voters may even vote for candidates from different lists, while in Sweden they may add or remove names from the list. In Malta, Ireland and Northern Ireland the voters list the candidates in order of preference (single transferable vote).
And if you don’t know how the MEP seats are allocated, this 2009 video from the BBC makes it very clear:.
Perhaps those seeking our vote would like to comment below on why we should vote for them.
PS I tip my hat to the independent candidate – whom I do not know – since getting less than 2.5% of the votes cast results in the loss of his £5000 deposit!
PPS Broxtowe clearly had advance notice of this election; the “Notice of Election” is dated Monday 15th April 201 [well before the Magna Carta was signed!]