Elec­tion ‘farce’

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Prepa­ra­tions for the Euro­pean elections in Dalry have been likened to “Ony Fools and Horses” af­ter a de­liv­ery mix-up.

ac­cord­ing to Dalry res­i­dent andi Holmes two coun­cil work­men ar­rived at the town hall on Mon­day to drop off vot­ing equip­ment.

but the men had been sent to the wrong ad­dress – be­cause polling next­thurs­day will be at the li­brary.

they then ar­rived at Mr Holmes’house to ask about ac­cess to the li­brary - only to dis­cover it is closed on Mon­days.

“they asked if I had keys to the li­brary – which I didn’t – to de­posit their pay­load,”Mr Holmes told the News.“I ex­plained to them the li­brary is only opentues­days and Fri­days to which they said this was on their job sheet for to­day.

“that means two staff were dis­patched to the wrong ad­dress with no prior ar­range­ment for ac­cess.the town hall has fre­quently been used for elections in the past – but not on this oc­ca­sion.

“On get­ting the ad­dress right, no one con­cerned seemed to know where our li­brar­ian was on a Mon­day – which was work­ing in cas­tle Douglas li­brary.”

Mr Holmes added:“I un­der­stand there are other li­brary key hold­ers in the vil­lage. I don’t know who they are – but the coun­cil should.

“Half the coun­cil staff seem to know where the elec­tion is and the other half doesn’t.

“this farce would make a episode from an Only Fools and Hors­estV show.”

Mr Holmes also crit­i­cised the coun­cil for print­ing polling cards stat­ing that vot­ing would take place at Dalry cus­tomer ser­vices cen­tre.

He said:“I’d wa­ger nine out of ten vil­lagers wouldn’t know they had a cus­tomer ser­vices cen­tre in Dalry, let alone where it was. If the card had just said Dalry Li­brary un­der­neath, that would have made sense.

“It is an ac­tual con­di­tion of DGc’s use of the build­ing that it should al­ways be re­ferred to as theW.R. Gourlay Me­mo­rial Li­brary af­ter the pa­tron who gifted it to the vil­lage in 1948.”

Mr Holmes added:“I just hope ar­range­ments for the Euro­pean Elections are go­ing bet­ter else­where in the re­gion.

the coun­cil did not com­ment.

Crit­i­cal Vil­lager Andi Holmes out­side the li­brary polling sta­tion

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