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The public deserve answers

May 20, 2016 2:55 PM
By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

Councillor Jack CohenSo Barnet is to set up an independent inquiry to investigate the voting fiasco. I was alerted to something wrong almost as soon as the polls opened. I thought it applied to only one polling station in my ward. I soon discovered that voters were being turned away at polling stations across the borough.

At the time of writing I do not know the inquiry's terms of reference. The investigation should be far-ranging. The public, especially the many who were turned away, deserve answers.

I was telling outside my local polling station in the early evening. Many people turning up were those who were stopped from voting first thing. Well done them, but more than 50 per cent of electors did not vote.

The chief executive has gone. This is not the first time a senior officer has left this council "by mutual agreement", under this Conservative administration.

Highly-paid officers should be expected to do a proper job, but I wonder if the ruling political party takes enough interest in what goes on.

Ultimately, the politicians set the agenda, or should do. Politicians are quick to claim any credit, but sadly all too often officers take the rap when the brickbats are thrown around.