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Electoral Administrative Arrangements (Kettering)

Volume 462: debated on Monday 25 June 2007

24. Whether the commission plans to visit Kettering Borough Council to discuss new electoral administrative arrangements. (144684)

May I urge my hon. Friend to encourage the commission to change its mind, because if it visited the democratic and legal services team at Kettering borough council it would learn a great deal from the impressive way in which the council handled the recent local elections, including changes to ward boundaries and the introduction of new postal voting arrangements?

I am advised that the returning officer for Kettering is exceptionally capable and active in ensuring that the new electoral arrangements are carried out satisfactorily. The chairman of the Electoral Commission visited Kettering fairly recently, and I gather that officials at Kettering borough council have made contact with the Electoral Commission’s new midlands office, which is based in Coventry. I hope that all those things have helped the council in its very efficient performance.