Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Election Nights No More?

(BBC Online)
The elections minister has stated that counting on the evening of Polling Day may soon be a thing of the past, due to new scrutiny laws
I have mixed feelings about this, as the following shows

PRO: It means things are done with more care. Many of the people involved aren't awake for about twenty-four hours. The lack of resulting tiredness might also mean an end to some of the cattiness that you get at election counts i.e. the deliberate cheering and talking loudly near members of opposition parties, so the defeat their party suffers in some areas can be rubbed in a bit!

CON: You have time on your hands to get the full results, where you might otherwise be at work, plus if you watch the results at home it becomes a bit of an event! Plus many candidates want quick results.

In any case, if the move is accepted, I am sure it will have it's benefits and we will get used to it!

6 comments:

Andrea said...

As long as they continue to show live result declarations and all the dramas that a count can produce, it's ok for me.....I can survive some hours before discovering the results.

Paul Burgin said...

Same here

politicschimpette said...

I can't!!! Although, hopefully next time around I will be a candidate so will have more important things to do! :D

Shaun (ed.) said...

Unity at http://www.ministryoftruth.org.uk/2006/07/25/how-not-to-promote-democracy/ launches a good attack on these new reforms. I agree - why can't postal ballots be counted and sorted out on a deadline before the elction day.

veteran election loser said...

Another interesting point here:

http://thedaily.wordpress.com/2006/07/26/that-friday-feeling/

It does look like there are a few flaws in this plan...

Paul Burgin said...

Well it won't be perfect. As I said, I can see both sides of the argument