‘We should take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of vot­ing se­ri­ously’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

BE­COM­ING a po­lit­i­cal can­di­date takes place within a rig­or­ous process, ,part of which is set out in the Nolan Prin­ci­ples.

These are; Self­less­ness, In­tegrity, Ob­jec­tiv­ity, Ac­count­abil­ity, Open­ness, Hon­esty and Lead­er­ship. Can­di­dates and serv­ing Coun­cil­lors must up­hold these prin­ci­ples in the pub­lic and pri­vate lives.

The op­por­tu­nity to serve as an elected of­fi­cer is a priv­i­lege re­quir­ing scru­tiny by the elec­torate who de­serve an open and trans­par­ent re­la­tion­ship with their ward coun­cil­lors.

Vot­ing is a re­spon­si­bil­ity we should take se­ri­ously at both na­tional and lo­cal lev­els.

To en­sure our coun­cil is act­ing un­der these prin­ci­ples mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend most coun­cil meet­ings to ob­serve, and can also read the min­utes of meet­ings and scru­ti­nise the process via we­b­cam on the Stafford­shire Moor­lands Coun­cil web­site.

We can watch what coun­cil­lors and our coun­cil do, and say, on our be­half and make a judge­ment on who we want to rep­re­sent us in our ward and our town. Lyn Swindle­hurst Leek

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