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SALFORD STAR GUIDE TO STANDING FOR MAYOR
 

Star date: 8th February 2012 

WANT TO STAND FOR MAYOR? GET THE SALFORD STAR DIY GUIDE!

If there wasn't enough confusion over the recent vote on whether Salford was to have an elected Mayor or not, it gets even worse if you want to actually stand for the top job.

The only information Salford Council is giving out at the moment is a link to a 126 page turgid Government document. The Mayoral election will actually be over by the time anyone has got their head around it! So, in the interests of democracy here's the Salford Star Guide To Standing For Mayor...

Full story here…


DICK WHITTINGTON EAT YER HEART OUT…

So the race is on to find Salford's new elected Mayor. But anyone wishing to actually stand for the position will have to get past the first hurdle – a ridiculously complicated and long (126 pages!) document that sets out the whole procedure. Salford Council itself has provided no information at all, as yet, apart from a link to this `Statutory Instruments 2007 No 1024' document.

Fortunately, the Salford Star is very sad and has spent weeks pouring over the ins and out of the election to bring you...

THE SALFORD STAR GUIDE TO STANDING FOR MAYOR

1) Candidates must be nominated by 30 people who are registered to vote and they have to sign the nomination papers. This knocks out the total loonies who haven't got thirty mates in Salford.

2) It costs a £500 deposit to stand. This knocks out any Salford Star candidate…and virtually everyone in Salford, bar those being backed by Peel Holdings or picking up Salford Council expenses. 

3) Candidates can only name a political party that they're standing for if it's already registered as such. So, for instance, a candidate wouldn't be able to stand for the Let's Get Rid Of This One Ruling Party That Does As It Wants And Gives All Our Money To Big Business And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Party. No-one would be able to stand under that banner…

4) Candidates cannot stand using a name that is `obscene' or `offensive' – which might rule out Mr Let's Get Rid Of This One Ruling Party That Does As It Wants And Gives All Our Money To Big Business And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. It would also probably rule out Mrs Half Of These Other Candidates Are Saying They'll Slash Council Tax In Half Which Will Lead To More Poverty And Probably More Riots These People Are Bleedin' Idiots. Don't think anyone will be able to stand under that name…

5) For your £500 you get a free `election address' in a booklet to be circulated to every registered voter in Salford. In your address to Salford citizens you can't advertise anything, put anything in it for commercial gain or slag off any other candidate. So, for instance, you couldn't say `the BNP are a bunch of fascist, racist quasi nazi loonies and the English Democrats and UKIP aren't far behind them' or anything like that. No, that wouldn't be allowed at all…

6) Voting will be by transferable vote. And people voting will get two choices – a first choice and a second choice, also known as the `choice between the devil and the deep blue sea'…The second preferences of the candidates that get chucked out after the first count will be counted in the second count. Complicated? Perhaps this handy explanation from the Government document will help…

"(3) Rules 46(2) to (5), 47(6), (7), (9) and (10), 48 (except paragraph (3)) and 50 (except the words "the votes, or as the case may be," in both paragraphs where they appear) shall apply in relation to the count of second preference votes as they apply in relation to the count of first preference votes as if references to first preference votes were references to second preference…" Simple, eh?

All you've ever needed to stand for Mayor of Salford… Nominations have to be in by noon, 19 days before the election which is to be held on Thursday 3rd May. Oh, and if you don't get one twentieth of the first preference votes after the first count you lose your £500 deposit…Good luck!

If you want to work it out for yourself check out the 126 page document – click here

See previous Salford Star article on the Mayoral Refendum result - click here

 


Anti-politician wrote
at 18:05:37 on 12 February 2012
I intend to put forward 'A. Dogturd ' for the mayoral position , on an 'anti-corruption , open - governance, no closed- doors bullshit meetings , no bungs to big business 'remit . A refreshing change . I've got a tenner , anyone got £ 490 to invest ?
 
The Lunatics have taken over the asylum!!!! wrote
at 18:03:18 on 12 February 2012
Dear Star,Correct me if I am wrong but is this the same John Merry who defended a chief executive( i have found these allegations on this ste by googling Steven Broomhead, racist text) who was a fellow board member and whose organisation he received approximately £50,000 of public money from, when he was caught red handed sending racist texts about dying pakistanis. Of course he is entitled to defend a 'colleague' but why shortly before was salford council so vicious in their sacking of four Greater Manchester Police officers for a less serious if not similar offence? When they got the sack salford council boasted that the officers 'got what they desreved'. With all this public outcry (which incidentally i am a bit worried about as it does threaten free speech) regarding the Terry and Suarez vaffairs how is it possible for Merry to put himself forward. I have no doubt that his defence of his 'colleague' who got disciplined for racism doesnt make Merry a racist but it does show him up as a coward and a hypocrite, credentials that dont quite equal a mayoral position. We need integrity in office or else why not sylvester the cat?
 
caroline wrote
at 11:10:37 on 12 February 2012
I can get the votes..anyone got £500...
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:13:09 on 10 February 2012
If turnout was 18%, that obviously means 82% of people *didn't* vote for a mayor. Yet we're going ahead anyway. A great demonstration of controlling this non-democracy by controlling the ballot box.
 
Nink-n-Nink wrote
at 19:04:31 on 09 February 2012
Anyone who represents anti-corruption and open governance gets my vote .
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 16:20:31 on 09 February 2012
so, after the forcing of a referendum on the issue - people aren't happy on the over all result (Those on the Mayoral Alliance - i'm sure are cock a hoop over this!). Why am i not surprised? Low Turnout at the referendum led to this..don't agree with it? you should have shown up at the ballot. As for what happens now - it is not, believe me, a foregone result and let us not forget - we may end up with a smaller number of councillors due to the format of any new mayoral body (larger constituencies)...one hopes this government-sponsored exercise brings some positives for our city
 
You talking to me ? wrote
at 16:20:00 on 09 February 2012
So we listen to all the alternative mayoral candidates, and make sure that any of the CON , LIB , LAB traitors are NOT elected , just the best alternative to the usual turds .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:29:31 on 09 February 2012
So it's fairly predicatable that the end result will be a Labour mayor for Salford, who will be doing exactly the same as the rest of his/her mates on the council, except a lot more expensively because of the extra bureaucracy. And they'll have more power, so they can do even more damage. As though things aren't bad enough already. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
 
Graham Cooper wrote
at 18:07:46 on 08 February 2012
OK, alls good apart from the 5 ton! Can you be sponsered?by Mc Donalds, Tescos or just a good old whip round outside tescos! Im tempted.....
 
Anti-Politician wrote
at 18:07:42 on 08 February 2012
Pathetic , just pathetc . The corrupt, twisted and rusty wheels of this comedy- democracy in action .The Punch and Judy show begins . Watch and laugh as these useless career politicianturds spout lies , deceit and treachery . Guffaw as pseudo- good news abounds . And nothing improves , just gets worse . I would rather vote for a dogturd .
 
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