June 22, 2004
Summary: In a survey by Fairshare, ordinary electors were
found to support a change to a electoral system of single transferable vote.
Voters Support Election Reforms
By Robbie Dinwoodie
June 22, 2004
AHEAD of tomorrow's ballot in the
Scottish Parliament on voting reform for council elections, a pro-reform group
published evidence yesterday suggesting that ordinary electors were in favour of
change to a system of single transferable vote.
The all-party campaign organisation Fairshare asked
voters about the importance of making councils more representative.
Around 72% of respondents agreed ’Äì 44% of them
strongly ’Äì compared with 9% who disagreed with the idea, the organisation
The survey also asked whether MSPs should vote for the
change even if local councillors were against the proposed reform.
The results of the opinion poll showed that 57% agreed,
compared with 18% who disagreed.
Fairshare ’Äì the cross-party campaign in favour of the
single transferable vote system which was recommended in the Kerley report ’Äì
commissioned the survey from System Three, the pollster, earlier this month.
The final, stage 3 debate on the Local Governance
(Scotland) Bill is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Andrew Burns, a councillor and chairman of Fairshare,
said: "The results of this most recent opinion poll have confirmed the
findings of every opinion poll on this topic during the past four years.
"The Scottish people want their local councils
made more representative of the communities they are elected to serve.
"We know some councillors are opposed to this
reform, but the electors have given a clear message for their MSPs," Mr
"It is the wishes of the voters that should be
heeded when the MSPs cast their votes, not the noise made by some councillors
who fear for their seats," he added.