August 22nd, 2012

ERS Shun Hand Count PCC Elections

Back during the great AV debate of 2011 Guido brought you the news that the Electoral Reform Society owns Electoral Reform Services, the market leader in manufacturing vote counting software. Guido wondered at the time whether the £250 million worth of electronic voting machines run by ERS Ltd had anything to do with the ERS’ support for AV…

Now the ERS have published a paper criticising the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Apparently low turnout means the elections will be completely unrepresentative, with chief executive Katie Ghose asking: “what is the point of having them?

In other news, the PCC election ballot papers will be counted by hand rather than with ERS Ltd’s machines. Perhaps the ERS only supports elections when they stand to make a profit…


20 Comments

  1. 1
    SP4BS says:

    yeah yeah. who cares about elections when we can look at a member of a member of the royal family.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Oh be fair picture of a young man who isn’t committing a crime in a situation where no one has been hurt and where the only thing wrong is the invasion of privacy ! is the best Gobo has to try to get one in the eye of the establishment he is so trying to be part of !
    Funny the same privacy that he protects for himself but hates other to have !

  3. 3
    Malcolm Redfellow says:

    An 18% turnout (i.e. 5-6% can get anyone elected) is democracy at work?

    As they say in civilised parts, catch ye’sel’ on.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Popeye says:

    Why aren’t the ERS being investigated for possible corruption.
    That also goes for anyone involved in wind-farms.
    I liken it all to insider trading, and apart from certain CNN people, that’s illegal, isn’t it?

  6. 6
    Selohesra says:

    If he’s doing her up the bum as it looks like in the picture I expect it would hurt a bit

  7. 7
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Is that a coded way of saying that they should ban tabloids?

  8. 8
    ukiplocal says:

    I watched electronic counting in Epping Forest a few elections ago. There was no “audit trail” and no way of relating the final numbers that came out at the end to the wards.

    Uncounted ballot papers were stacked in unsecure places (they were very large!) and mini-disks which held count data were left around the room unsecured.

    Novelty in elections is usually a bad thing and it undermines the public trust in the results. That is entirely natural given the dishonesty of their actions in general.

  9. 9
    jgm2 says:

    Biggest insider dealing scam of the last 10 years? Labour politicians using ‘expenses’ to do up multiple properties knowing full-well that the government would do everything possible to maintain runaway house pr*ices.

    Turn a blind eye to reckless lending? Oh yes.

    Ignore house price inflation to justify low interest rates? Oh yes.

    Change from RPI to (lower) CPI to justify lowering interest rates? Oh yes.

    Employ one million bedwetters, box-tickers and bastards on job-for-life deals and set them loose on the limited housing stock available? Oh yes.

    Reduce interest rates to 0.5% to artificially prop up house pr*ices even more. Oh yes.

    Guarantee mortgages to the (newly) unemployed for two years. Oh yes.

    No wonder the likes of Alistair Darling flipped five (was it?) flats.

    C*unts. Destroyed the UK economy so they could make a few quid in property speculation.

  10. 10
    SP4BS says:

    Why on earth would I want to be fair?

  11. 11
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    You forgot to add that the only tax they cut was CGT. The self serving bastards.

  12. 12
    SP4BS says:

    And it was just Labour MPs in on the property scam. Not half the adult population.

  13. 13
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Half the adult population could not claim it on expenses.

  14. 14
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    I only support elections when I win,so what ?

    Had Guido published the photo of me “mooning” whilst in Spain ?

    My royalty rates are very reasonable.

  15. 15
    The Paragnostic says:

    If they allow postal votes, we’ll probably end up with Commissioner Khan everywhere.

    With such a low turnout, it’s almost inevitable that postal vote fraud will occur.

  16. 16
    SP4BS says:

    so half of the first point, and all of the following points still apply to the rest of us.

  17. 17
    albacore says:

    In this post-democratic, one-party state
    Why bother consulting the electorate?
    They’ll only keep voting for the LibLabCon
    No matter how blatantly they are shat on
    It don’t matter a damn which triplet you choose
    Put your cross where you like, they win and you lose

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    Half the adult population were ‘taking a chance’ that property would go up. The Labour MPs were taking no chances. They made fucking sure it went up. And up. And up. Sucking up hundreds/thousands of billions in borrowing. Borrowing that cannot now be released on the high street because it is tied up for the next 25 years.

    And they wonder why there’s no ‘growth’.

  19. 19
    Handycock Immigrant Trafficker says:

    You have forgotten the biggest corruption of all; deliberately letting millions of asylum seekers in to the country, most of whom had to be housed in private housing by law, thank god. Me and my boys made millions out of it. Thank you Gordon a brilliant money making initiative, thank you Fred for providing the money. Boaz.

  20. 20
    the savant says:

    nothing remotely titillating here .

    Next !!


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