Canal Boat - - News - NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

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...

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