Polling day should not be on Yom Kippur

I cannot believe the intransigence of Haringey Council. There is a by-election to be held in Alexandra Ward (cause: Lib Dem Wayne Hoban moving to Worthing) and the Council have put polling day on Yom Kippur. This is the High Holy Day of the Jewish people. The have several alternative days they could choose within the allotted timescale laid down by law – but no – they have chosen Yom Kippur.

Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Robert Gorrie has made strong representations (many) about this being unacceptable – but Haringey Council have completely refused to change the day! Disgraceful.

We (and I am sure the other political parties) will make every effort to ensure that Jewish residents can get a postal vote and also ask that they self-identify to stop activists knocking on doors inappropriately. But – Haringey Council should be ashamed. And the next time they bang on about inclusion – well, we will know how hollow their commitments really are!

(Meanwhile: glad to say that Nigel Scott is to be the Liberal Democrat candidate – more over on Neil Williams’s blog.)

0 thoughts on “Polling day should not be on Yom Kippur

  1. “Haringey Council have completely refused to change the day! Disgraceful.”Disgraceful? That’s quite a strong word. So let me ask you a question Lynne. Do you think that this episode which you describe is either more disgraceful or less disgraceful than the practice of circumcising infants for non-medical reasons?

  2. Is voting not the most basic of human rights? Article 3 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights requires that Great Britain as a signatory states to hold free elections.It is common knowledge that Yom Kippur is the most solemn and important day in the Jewish Calendar.To deny a citizen the right to vote is a breach of their basic Human Right.Please add your name to this blog if you in favour of Haringey Council changing the day to another day bearing in mind that at this time of the year there are a number of other religious holidays including non-Jewish holidays.