A scandal seems to be emerging about the way in which postal voters in the District have been misinformed :
Apology issued to East Devon postal voters affected by wrong district council election information | Exeter Express and Echo
Electors sent wrong guidance on number of votes to cast - Election - Exmouth Journal
Pulmans View from Sidmouth - 28/04/2015 digital edition (page 8)
The EDA's chair has just issued a video on YouTube:
"Democracy here is every bit as bad as it is in places like Tower Hamlets. There are tricks played with agendas, with minutes, with people not being invited to the right meetings, with the manipulation of certain committees, with the deliberate placing of very weak chairmen on those committees, which means, in our view, that the whole thing has fallen into disrepute."
Paul Arnott - YouTube
Paul Arnott | East Devon Alliance
Futures Forum: East Devon District Council elections: what the websites say >>> Conservatives and East Devon Alliance on-line
The East Devon Watch blog made similar references:
POWER CORRUPTS ….. AND POSTAL VOTING HELPED IN TOWER HAMLETS
28th April 2015
For those of you (like us) who enjoy this sort of thing, here is the 200 page judgment on the corruption and abuse of power that took place in Tower Hamlets recently. In parts it reads like a fiction thriller – if only it were. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/judgment.pdf
This has led to the Electoral Commission promising to have a good hard look at the processes of dealing with corruption in local authorities, and not before time: Local Government Lawyer - Electoral Commission to see what lessons can be learned from Tower Hamlets
In particular, it shows that the whole process of postal voting is very open to abuse and needs to be strengthened.
Power corrupts ….. and postal voting helped in Tower Hamlets | East Devon Watch
And there is more analysis here:
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