Introduce fixed duration campaign lengths for By-Elections



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@PaulJRobinson edited - over 6 years ago

Introduce voting by proportional representation (Single Transferable Vote) in all General and Local Elections.

Introduce a fixed duration for all Parliamentary by-election campaigns and prevent the incumbent party from moving the writ at a time of their own choosing for maximum electoral advantage.

Investigate feasability of electronic voting at all elections, with a view to increasing accessibility and turnout.

Investigate feasability of direct digital democracy - using online tools to gradually replace representative democracy with increased direct participation in the legislative process by all electors.


@PaulJRobinson - over 6 years ago

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Are current general election campaigns fixed length? Would this be appropriate to apply to all elections?


@PaulJRobinson - over 6 years ago

The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 prevented governments from calling general elections at a time of their own choosing to maximise electoral advantage. The duration of a general election campaign has remained fixed, and isn't an issue of contention (to my knowledge).

But when an MP dies, or is automatically removed from office because of a serious criminal offence the incumbent party currently gets to choose when to 'move the writ' which triggers the subsequent by-election. Until they do this an MP of the same party in a neighbouring constituency is allowed to run constituency matters, and the seat essentially remains vacant until the by-election is called. The incumbant party may choose to move the writ immediately to prevent a long campaign and prevent opposition parties from gaining on them (eg Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election being held today when it is alleged the Labour Party wanted a quick campaign to hinder other parties from catching them up) or they may not have a candidate ready and may prefer not to move the writ for some time. The rules currently allow up a 3 month delay to the by-election at which point it's automatically triggered - although apparently there have been some instances of 6 month delays.

The point is that a by-election should be called automatically within a set period of the seat becoming vacant, and not left for the the incumbant party to decide when it suits them.

with kind regards, Paul Robinson

On 13 February 2014 14:52, James Smith [email protected] wrote:

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Are current general election campaigns fixed length? Would this be appropriate to apply to all elections?

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