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Independent Green Voice

BUILDING DEMOCRACY

  • Abolition of All-Postal, and Postal-on-Request Voting, and No "Electronic" Voting
    The All-Postal method should be abolished entirely, and Postal Voting on Request -- for people who are not disabled, housebound, or otherwise absent for good reason -- should be abolished also. These forms of Postal Voting are destroying the integrity of our democracy. Electronic voting is highly vulnerable to hackers and should not be considered at all.

  • Local Referenda for Local Issues.
    Extend local democracy and empower local people. We advocate the establishment of a system of local referenda, which will enable referenda to be held on a ward basis, which will allow both sides to present their cases equally, and which will be binding upon the council. Parish referendums, which are already available in England, should be legally binding, and this facility should be extended to the rest of the UK.

    The principle here is that the local people should be the lawmakers. Their needs must come first. The local authority must work with them to determine what the people want, rather than impose a top-down approach.

  • Proportional Representation for Local Elections.
    In Glasgow, at the local elections in 1999, the Labour Party won less than 50% of the vote, but took 94% of the seats. Parties other than Labour occupied only 5 of the 79 seats.

    PR in local elections will herald a virtual revolution in Scottish politics. We support an element of PR in the electoral system because it enables new voices to be elected and heard, and is a way to change the first-past-the-post plutocracy.

Further ideas on improving democracy can be found here

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