Saturday, 13 February 2010

A Snap Election - Not At The Moment!

There is much talk in the MSM and the blogosphere about the possibility of a snap election being called by Gordon Brown.

It is, however, worth noting one small point and that is that all candidates have the right* to their election address being distributed, free of charge, to all properties or voters - depending on which option is chosen - using the services of Royal Mail.

Presently Royal Mail is having the guidance to candidates re-printed and it is not yet available. Bearing in mind that all election addresses have to be vetted by Royal Mail before they can be printed, that there are constraints on how these election addresses have to be packed and that Royal Mail only allow a small 'time-slot' in which to deliver them, means that until that guidance is published Gordon Brown is unable to call an election as it would result in an infringement of a candidate's 'rights'.

As of Thursday last, confirmed in a telephone call to Royal Mail, there is no estimate of when the guidance will be available.

Just thinking....................

* The Electoral Commission's Guidance to Candidates and Agents - page 43, point 4.17, states "As a 'validly nominated' candidate you will be entitled to free postage on an election address to electors in the constituency. Candidates wishing to make use of this provision should contact Royal Mail to make arrangements. Royal Mail can require reasonable terms and conditions to be complied with.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Excellent research.

Are you a PPC yourself?

Witterings From Witney said...

MW, You have to be joking! Would not last five minutes without saying what I thought!