PCC ELECTIONS: 'No-one votes' at Newport polling station in Bettws, Newport

South Wales Argus: PCC ELECTIONS: 'No-one votes' at Newport polling station PCC ELECTIONS: 'No-one votes' at Newport polling station

UPDATE: 1.56pm

The Newport polling stattion where no-one voted yesterday is reported to be Malpas Cricket Club in Bettws.

 


UPDATE: 12.55pm

 

NO-ONE voted at a Newport polling station yesterday in elections that have been branded a 'comedy of errors'.

Newport City Council could not confirm where the station was.

The council press office is reported to have fielded calls from The Guardian, Sky News and the Huffington Post this morning as news of what could be the UK's least-visited polling station emerged.

As counting continues across Gwent, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has blasted the UK Government’s handling of its flagship Police Commissioners. Reports are circulating that one un-named polling station in Newport recording a ‘zero turnout’ and a 4% turn-out in Caldicot.

Jenny Watson, Chairwoman of the Electoral Commission, said: "The low turnout at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is a concern for everyone who cares about democracy.

"These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of year, which is why we have made clear at every stage that it would be important to engage effectively with voters.

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3:04pm Fri 16 Nov 12

rhinestine says...

Hmmmm, busy I expect, was it giro day or something??
Hmmmm, busy I expect, was it giro day or something?? rhinestine

3:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DavidMclean says...

It is our democratic right to withhold our vote as much as to use our vote.

The Police Commissioner elections have been a farce from the start. Plus, for such a position, I don't believe people appreciate that candidates are coming at this from a party political standpoint. Too many candidates are flying their party flags.
It is our democratic right to withhold our vote as much as to use our vote. The Police Commissioner elections have been a farce from the start. Plus, for such a position, I don't believe people appreciate that candidates are coming at this from a party political standpoint. Too many candidates are flying their party flags. DavidMclean

4:31pm Fri 16 Nov 12

wilkolima says...

Newport - Chartist city! Our forefathers fought for the right to vote.

Newport - Charity shop city! Why vote?
Newport - Chartist city! Our forefathers fought for the right to vote. Newport - Charity shop city! Why vote? wilkolima

4:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Dee-Gee says...

This is the first time in my adult life that I haven't voted. I will not place a vote to put a party political candidate into a position that has no business existing. Here's to zero votes in every station next time round.
This is the first time in my adult life that I haven't voted. I will not place a vote to put a party political candidate into a position that has no business existing. Here's to zero votes in every station next time round. Dee-Gee

4:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

james jackson says...

David, You're right, but it is a lot more responsible to go along to the polling booth and spoil your ballot paper.
That way, one is not one of the "lazy, stay-at-home-couldn'
t care-less people, and it's always illuminating to see what people write on the ballot papers too!
On a serious note, the PCC election was indeed a farce. Nobody knew who are what, they were voting for. There was nothing wrong with the previous set-up (though not perfect) and the best bit of all, is that Labour didn't get its foot in another political door in Gwent! (Because, of course this election WAS political).
David, You're right, but it is a lot more responsible to go along to the polling booth and spoil your ballot paper. That way, one is not one of the "lazy, stay-at-home-couldn' t care-less people, and it's always illuminating to see what people write on the ballot papers too! On a serious note, the PCC election was indeed a farce. Nobody knew who are what, they were voting for. There was nothing wrong with the previous set-up (though not perfect) and the best bit of all, is that Labour didn't get its foot in another political door in Gwent! (Because, of course this election WAS political). james jackson

4:48pm Fri 16 Nov 12

papa says...

rhinestine wrote:
Hmmmm, busy I expect, was it giro day or something??
I know your right about this, you know what the people in Malpas and Blaen-y-Pant are like.
Glad it was't the Bettws one at St David Lewis church.
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, busy I expect, was it giro day or something??[/p][/quote]I know your right about this, you know what the people in Malpas and Blaen-y-Pant are like. Glad it was't the Bettws one at St David Lewis church. papa

10:50pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Dixie Smith says...

Please don't assume everyone living on Bettws are busy getting their giros!

We all work or are in university in my household and we all voted at St David Lewis Church.
Please don't assume everyone living on Bettws are busy getting their giros! We all work or are in university in my household and we all voted at St David Lewis Church. Dixie Smith

12:08am Sat 17 Nov 12

D Taylor says...

I understand that there were special circumstances applying in this case. First it was the first time that Malpas Cricket Club had been used as a polling station. Second it was opened for a new housing estate which is not finished and so the number of people entitled to vote there was very low. Don't blame local people for a farce of an election brewed up in London.
I understand that there were special circumstances applying in this case. First it was the first time that Malpas Cricket Club had been used as a polling station. Second it was opened for a new housing estate which is not finished and so the number of people entitled to vote there was very low. Don't blame local people for a farce of an election brewed up in London. D Taylor

12:13am Sat 17 Nov 12

papa says...

Well the people in Bettws know that a Giro is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of angular momentum although some headdick (did I get that right) don't know how to spell the word correctly, its GYRO!
Well the people in Bettws know that a Giro is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of angular momentum although some headdick (did I get that right) don't know how to spell the word correctly, its GYRO! papa

3:44pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jimmysmith says...

the majority of joe public are waking up these meaningless jobs for the boys and the added increase to the community charge its costing us all .thats why the majority of us cant be bothered to partake in this farce
the majority of joe public are waking up these meaningless jobs for the boys and the added increase to the community charge its costing us all .thats why the majority of us cant be bothered to partake in this farce jimmysmith

11:57pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Dee-Gee says...

james jackson wrote:
David, You're right, but it is a lot more responsible to go along to the polling booth and spoil your ballot paper.
That way, one is not one of the "lazy, stay-at-home-couldn'

t care-less people, and it's always illuminating to see what people write on the ballot papers too!
On a serious note, the PCC election was indeed a farce. Nobody knew who are what, they were voting for. There was nothing wrong with the previous set-up (though not perfect) and the best bit of all, is that Labour didn't get its foot in another political door in Gwent! (Because, of course this election WAS political).
Normally I would agree with you james jackson - particularly in the elections our ancestors fought and died for us to participate in - but my thought on this little ego-trip was, "I'm not going to dignify that with a response"
[quote][p][bold]james jackson[/bold] wrote: David, You're right, but it is a lot more responsible to go along to the polling booth and spoil your ballot paper. That way, one is not one of the "lazy, stay-at-home-couldn' t care-less people, and it's always illuminating to see what people write on the ballot papers too! On a serious note, the PCC election was indeed a farce. Nobody knew who are what, they were voting for. There was nothing wrong with the previous set-up (though not perfect) and the best bit of all, is that Labour didn't get its foot in another political door in Gwent! (Because, of course this election WAS political).[/p][/quote]Normally I would agree with you james jackson - particularly in the elections our ancestors fought and died for us to participate in - but my thought on this little ego-trip was, "I'm not going to dignify that with a response" Dee-Gee

2:30am Sun 18 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

It's not who votes that counts; it's who counts the votes. Joseph Stalin.
It's not who votes that counts; it's who counts the votes. Joseph Stalin. Katie Re-Registered

2:50am Sun 18 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Normally I would agree with you james jackson - particularly in the elections our ancestors fought and died for us to participate in..."

Actually, where Britain is concerned, the impact of the population's historical fight for the vote and the actual historical reasons for the population getting it have arguably little or no relation.

From a cursory study of 19th and 20th century British politics, I note that each Reform Bill which had the practical effect of enlarging the franchise happened - e.g. 1832, 1866, 1918 - occurred as a result of pragmatic, politically strategic reasons as opposed to any acknowledgement of those in power of the morality of extending the vote for democratic reasons. In each instance, the reason behind the extension of the vote seems to have come from more accurately the advancement of the aims of a privileged socio-economic political class than from that of the masses. The 1832 enlargement of the electorate was motivated by the new capitalist elite, the 1866 Reform Bill was a political game played by the Tories to outmanouvere the Whigs, although it might be argued that the 1918 extension of the franchise occured through panic on the part of the ruling classes at the 'Red Scare' of the Bolshevik revolutions across Russia, Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of the dislocation caused by WW1. Yup, we've got Lenin and Trotsky to thank for that as opposed to the Chartists. Unfortunately, Chartism petered out and died in the 1850s as a result of an amelioration in economic circumstances which had very little, necessarily, to do with any abstract principle of democratic fair play.
"Normally I would agree with you james jackson - particularly in the elections our ancestors fought and died for us to participate in..." Actually, where Britain is concerned, the impact of the population's historical fight for the vote and the actual historical reasons for the population getting it have arguably little or no relation. From a cursory study of 19th and 20th century British politics, I note that each Reform Bill which had the practical effect of enlarging the franchise happened - e.g. 1832, 1866, 1918 - occurred as a result of pragmatic, politically strategic reasons as opposed to any acknowledgement of those in power of the morality of extending the vote for democratic reasons. In each instance, the reason behind the extension of the vote seems to have come from more accurately the advancement of the aims of a privileged socio-economic political class than from that of the masses. The 1832 enlargement of the electorate was motivated by the new capitalist elite, the 1866 Reform Bill was a political game played by the Tories to outmanouvere the Whigs, although it might be argued that the 1918 extension of the franchise occured through panic on the part of the ruling classes at the 'Red Scare' of the Bolshevik revolutions across Russia, Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of the dislocation caused by WW1. Yup, we've got Lenin and Trotsky to thank for that as opposed to the Chartists. Unfortunately, Chartism petered out and died in the 1850s as a result of an amelioration in economic circumstances which had very little, necessarily, to do with any abstract principle of democratic fair play. Katie Re-Registered

2:52am Sun 18 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

i.e. all down to political expediency rather than a moral belief that every individual has a right to choose their own destiny.
i.e. all down to political expediency rather than a moral belief that every individual has a right to choose their own destiny. Katie Re-Registered

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