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A FORMER council candidate has come up with a quick and easy solution for replacing leaving councillors in local authorities without wards, other than by the expense of by-elections.
The problems with councillors leaving part-way through terms are longstanding and ongoing. Garry Sandhu has proposed that the most successful of the unsuccessful candidates from the most recent election be invited to join the council. Thus, Shania Hunt (4410 votes) would efficiently take the Gosnells position recently vacated by Liz Storer. If Ms Hunt would not accept, then the invitation could go to Aaron Adams (3769 votes) as the next most successful.
A mild downside might be that it might tend to disenfranchise the people who voted for the leaving councillor compared to a by-election, but such people would be disenfranchised anyhow if the position were left vacant (as Gosnells intends). Mr Sandhu’s proposal has considerable merit. ALF CAMPBELL Kenwick
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