Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Failed to Put Election Details on Web

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Failed to Put Election Details on Web

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Almost three-quarters of English county councils failed to post sufficient information about local elections on their websites, a study has found.

A survey conducted by the Society of IT Management, published on May 5, the day of the national and local elections, found that 25 out of 34 county councils had not put crucial information about voting on their sites ten days before polls opened.

Socitm said its study highlighted the 'widespread failure' of county councils to use 'this important channel for local democracy at a key moment in the four-year electoral cycle'.

All 34 council websites were reviewed on April 24 against criteria relating to information on the elections. These included whether voting details 'figured prominently on the website' and whether it was possible to find a list of councillors by ward'. …

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