Due to a late notification in electoral guidance, a City Councillor will be handicapped with his hopes to seek re-election.
Adrian Knapper who represents the Berryhill and Hanley East Ward had submitted his nomination paper on time with the City Council Election Office with the intention of standing under the dual banner of two political parties ““ The Labour Party and The Co-operative Party who have a longstanding arrangement of working together.
The nomination were accepted and in previous years the procedure was that the wording ‘The Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate’ would be printed on the ballot paper along with the traditional ‘Labour Rose Emblem.’
Due to guidance issued to the City Council Election Office and because of an error the Electoral Commission have just discovered in changes it made to legislation (the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act) the names of candidates who stand in local elections under a joint party candidates will not be allowed to use a party logo displayed against their name.
Mr Knapper said
“I have been informed by the election office at the City Council that I will not be allowed to have the Labour Rose Logo by my name on the ballot paper.”
“This may cause some confusion for members of the Public who are looking to vote for me, as the Labour Candidate.”
Unfortunately, the situation cannot be changed as the Electoral Commission discovered their error after the deadline for the submission of nomination forms. This was the fault of officials at the Ministry of Justice who drafted changes to section 28B of the legislation and the Electoral Commission who failed to spot the problem until the latter part of last week. (Thursday 14th April 2010.)
Adrian Knapper added:
“My name will remain on the ballot paper.”
“I am deeply disappointed that late changes of guidance rules prevent me from having the Labour Logo on the ballot paper, but I remain the official candidate for the Labour Party in the local elections.”
The description of the Political organisations of both the Labour and Co-operative Party is a clear indication of Adrian Knapper strong values and principles of being a candidate who wants to work to improve the quality of life for all within the City of Stoke-on-Trent.