Something’s wrong (nope I’m fine, thanks for your concern). There were 27,280 people eligible to vote for the Private Boating candidates in the CRT elections, yet the total number of votes cast was just 1,860, which makes a rather poor turnout of voters of 6.8 percent
Last time around it wasn’t that spectacular either at 26 percent, but at least that was a quarter of those eligible to vote. And that wasn’t the only problem this year, the number of candidates was down too. The other categories didn’t fare much better, either.
So what went wrong? Was it a failure by CRT to promote the elections widely enough, was it in the communication to those entitled to vote, or was it simply that people felt they wouldn’t do much good? The twice yearly meetings might be something of a talking shop but they are an opportunity for boaters to have their voices heard at the top.
Whatever the result it is, as they say, what it is. So here’s what we propose – we want all four boaters reps to make themselves available to their electorate by phone or email so that you can pass on your concerns. Perhaps if they are seen widely to act for you there will be a better response next time. And if you can’t reach them tell us, we will.
Finally, we wish you a great boating year in 2016 – let’s hope the sun shines a bit more...