European Parliament: Independent candidates for London

It’s relatively easy to find information on political parties for this election, but somewhat harder for independents. So I thought I’d do a round-up.

Normally, in a first-past-the-post election, I would vote tactically based on the two main candidates in a constituency. However, these elections take place via closed list PR where you place just one vote against either a party list or an independent. The 8 seats for London will be allocated in accordance with the percentage of votes gained by each list. So I’m happy to vote expressively, and encourage others to do so.

The closed list PR voting system puts power in the hands of political parties: you cannot vote for individual candidates from a party you can only vote for the whole list. On principle I’m therefore going to be voting for someone who is standing independent of any party list.

UPDATE 03 June 2009 16:04 – I’m endorsing Jan Jananayagam. Remember polls close 10pm tonight.

2 Responses to “European Parliament: Independent candidates for London”


  • Hello, Mustafa, just a quick note to thank you for your blog. This is important as the Independents have been completely ignored by the mainstream press although we are viable candidates. Your blog helps people to see who are the serious alternative candidates to political parties which have tarnished their reputation in the wake of the expenses scandal both in UK and European parliaments. Best wishes

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  • Thanks Gene. Good luck tonight – I hope you win back your deposit!

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