Press and Public Access to Election Counts

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridge City Council

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Cambridge City Council,

Could you please release any information held relating how members of the press, other media, and public wishing to observe the counts for the upcoming general and local elections will be able to do so in Cambridge.

Many thanks,

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Vicky Breading, Cambridge City Council

Dear Richard Taylor,

Freedom of Information Request

Further to your request of 26 January 2010, I am able to supply you
with the following information regarding access to elections counts
within this authority.

Access to Parliamentary and local election counts are subject to the
provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983, which specify
who is entitled to attend. Media representatives and members of the
public have no automatic right of entry to the count and it is up to the
(Acting) Returning Officer to decide whether or not to allow them to
attend. All requests from persons not entitled to attend by right, will
be considered by the (Acting) Returning Officer, who has the final
decision on who is admitted. As in previous years, arrangements will be
made for members of the media to have access in Cambridge.

If you are not happy with the information provided or are not happy
with the way in which your request has been dealt with please contact
Liz Terry, Interim Director of Customer & Democratic Services. You may
also contact the Information Commissioner if you are still not happy
with the way it has been dealt with. The Information Commissioner’s
address is Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Sincerely,

Vicky Breading
Electoral Services Manager
Cambridge City Council

The Guildhall, Cambridge CB2 3QJ

Tel: 01223 457057
Fax: 01223 457039
www.cambridge.gov.uk/elections ( mailto:[email address]
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26/01/2010 03:05 >>>
Dear Cambridge City Council,

Could you please release any information held relating how
members
of the press, other media, and public wishing to observe the
counts
for the upcoming general and local elections will be able to do
so
in Cambridge.

Many thanks,

--

Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have written an article about the problems associated with becoming accredited by the Electoral Commission as observer to enter the count.

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/suggesting-impr...

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I sought, and obtained, access to Cambridge's 2012 election count.

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/observing-cambr...

It appears this response was incomplete; as there was material which ought to have been released, including a "media pack" and a list of organisations expressly invited to send represenatives to the count.

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