Elections 2011

One of the deliverances in the politics debate at the 2010 National Youth Assembly was that NYA “seeks to forge stronger links with the SCPO in educating young people about politics and encouraging active participation”, so what better time to be getting people interested in participation than just before the elections?

Elections will be taking place on Thursday 5 May to elect MSPs to the Scottish Parliament, and also to vote on whether to change the system we use to vote for MPs in the UK Parliament (the AV Referendum).

The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office, in conjunction with the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Evangelical Alliance, CARE and Christians Count have produced some online materials to help Christians across Scotland prepare for the election, highlighting the big issues in the election campaign, showing you where to find a hustings (where you can go and question your local candidates on the issues that matter to you), and more general information on voting (including how to register if you’re not already). www.churchesvote.org has a range of information available.

Ever wondered what Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, thought about the role of church in society? Or what Annabel Goldie, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, thinks is the biggest issue facing Scotland today? Churches Vote commissioned 5 videos, with each of the leaders answering each question, and some of the answers may surprise you! The compilation video is below and you can see the full videos here.

Churches Vote has a Facebook page – why not spread the word amongst your friends?

Don’t have time to read over 300 pages of election promises made by political parties? SCPO has produced a handy summary, available here to help you work out where they all stand on particular issues.

Confused about the AV Referendum? The Electoral Commission (an independent body) has a helpful video to explain what the AV voting system is, and what difference it would make.

Thanks to Alison Bennett from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office for putting this information together.


~ by iainmclarty on April 23, 2011.

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