I TOTALLY agree with the sentiments in your Agenda item (“Ensuring public trust in the electoral process”, The Herald, February 4). I am particularly in agreement regarding the safety of electors and staff in the diverse polling stations throughout Scotland.
For the last year, the First Minister has urged people to “work from home” where possible. Most local authority staff have done so, including those who normally do extra work at elections. Now they are being told that it is “safe” to go back into their various offices and to organise an election at the height of a pandemic, including asking hundreds of other staff to work in polling stations from 7am till 10pm on election day. The election could be easily delayed till later in the year when safety of staff and voters can be better guaranteed.
I wrote to the First Minister making this point some time ago, but I’ve not had the courtesy of a reply.
It’s time for her to take heed of George Thorley’s…