None of the above?

by Steve

polling stationI commented today on the ever-excellent Planet Harris blog that: “I think there should be a ‘None of the above’ option. If that wins, then there should be a re-election in that constituency, with all new candidates.” It seems like someone has taken this idea rather literally…From today’s Guardian live election blog:

“And now for a bit of novelty. Press Association’s Chris Montcrieff reports that a candidate whose surname is “Above” and whose “Other Names” are given as “None Of The” is contesting the election in Chingford and Woodford Green, the seat being defended by Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader.

Unfortunately for “Mr Above” he appears, for alphabetical reasons, at the top of the list of candidates, with no one above him.

It might have been wiser for him to have renamed himself “Below”, which would at least have put him second in a list of eight candidates.

The mystery candidate gives his address on the ballot paper as Woodberry Way, North Chingford.”

I’m planning on staying up tonight to catch at least some of the results coming in. I remember staying up most of the night, and then getting up early the next day, for the 1997 election, and it was well worth it.

This is one of those rare occasions where you can be a witness to history. One way or another, it is certain to be a memorable night and a memorable result. And a hung parliament, of one form or another, looks likely, which is as close to ‘none of the above’ as we’ll actually get this election…

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