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WHITE PAPER - ELECTORAL CYCLE NEEDS TO BE SIMPLIFIED, SAYS RALLINGS

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LGC elections expert Colin Rallings has welcomed the white paper's call for a re-examination of the local electoral...
LGC elections expert Colin Rallings has welcomed the white paper's call for a re-examination of the local electoral cycle, but stressed the need to chose the right reform.

He said: 'I think it's rather overdue. The government recognises the cycle of elections is confusing, but it hasn't done an awful lot to simplify them.

'Either you can have all councillors elected every four years, or you can have three members per ward with one elected every three years.'

Problems exist with both alternatives and, while a four-yearly election was simplest, it could produce discontinuity, he said.

The paper calls on the Electoral Commission to draw up options for simplifying the current cycle.
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