European election underway

By Matthew Mckew

Thursday, May 22, 2014

 

European election underway

Prime minister Edward Heath signs the British Accession Treaty in 1973, which saw the UK join the European Union.Picture courtesy of the European Parliament.

VOTING takes place today (Thursday) for the European Parliamentary elections.

The polls close at 10pm, however the results are not due to be announced until Sunday night, when Islanders and people across Europe will learn who will represent them as Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

The count starts at 5pm on Sunday at Medina Leisure Centre and will finish no later than 10pm.

See our guide to voting below:

Q. How is the Isle of Wight represented?

The Isle of Wight falls into the South East constituency, which is represented by ten MEPs

Q. How does voting work?

On the ballot paper will be a list of different political parties and voters will select their favourite party, not candidate.

The UK uses a closed list system. This means that each political party orders its candidates in preference.

The parties that secure the most amount of votes will then be entitled to a certain number of MEPs.

This is decided by a system called the d'Hondt system. If a party is given one MEP, only their first preference candidate will be elected. If they have three, only their first three preferred candidates will be elected and so on.

The order of candidates is decided before the election.

You must have registered to vote in advance. Your polling station would have been indicated on your polling card.

Q. What political parties are standing in the South East?

An Independence from Europe Party, British National Party, Christian People's Alliance, Conservative Party, English Democrats, Green Party, Harmony Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Liberty Great Britain, The Peace Party, The Roman Party, The Socialist Party of Great Britain, and UK Independence Party.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Den Young

23rd May 2014, at 13:55:55

well JM when Sunday comes we can all find out what a democratic voting system brings about, then we can all talk about majorities, although in some cases I fear that wont be good enough, we must remember we only take into account the number of votes cast, the rest mean nothing.

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by Mat Thomas

22nd May 2014, at 18:31:16

I don't know what the abomination is supposed to achieve outside Perk's place in Ventnor. Visitors are faced with his giant Ukip poster and flag.This taking advantage of premises in the middle of the highstreet is an imposition. I shudder to think what people think of us.

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by Mark Hitchman

22nd May 2014, at 17:04:43

Thank you John for demonstrating James point so perfectly

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by James McAdder

22nd May 2014, at 14:48:58

A vote for UKIP is a vote for extremists.

A party whose members openly state they would like to hang people who disagree with their views, who call the police when anyone criticises them and think that the floods were God's punishment for the introduction of gay marriage.

Think before you put an X in that box as a "protest" vote.

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by Den Young

22nd May 2014, at 13:36:24

come on ukip you know you can do it

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by Lisa Jenkins

22nd May 2014, at 10:11:03

I had to vote using a pencil. Good job I trust our wonderful sincere government or I might have thought my vote could be fixed!

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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