Call for law change before London elections in 2012

A CALL has been made for changes to the law before London goes to the polls in 2012.

A CALL has been made for changes to the law before London goes to the polls in 2012.

In a new report entitled Vote of Confidence, the London Assembly wants to allow people to vote if they are queuing at polling stations at the close of voting hours.

Hundreds of people across the country were left angry and frustrated when they were turned away from polls after 10pm in the 2010 General Election.

But the latest proposal – one of 10 made in the report – seeks to change that system for the GLA and Mayoral elections on May 3 next year.


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“This report aims to ensure that we have learned from the failures and success of the 2010 elections,” said assembly member Andrew Boff. “We owe it to the hundreds of voters we know were disenfranchised to ensure it never happens again.”

The report also calls for more guidance to returning officers, more flexibility with the counting process and free access to polling stations without fear of intimidation.

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