No….I am not talking about the broadcasting station when I say STV.
I am talking about the Single Transferable Vote system used in the Scottish Council elections.
When voting, you vote in order of Preference according to the candidates. 22.214.171.124.5 and 6th choices.
Many folk will feel that they have to approach this like an opinion poll when asked to give your order of preferences from 1-6. This is not the case.
You have no necessity to use all 6 preferences.
Take for example an SNP supporter faced with a selection of candidates as an example. With two or three SNP candidates on their ballot paper.
They could use all 6 preferences if they so wished, but they may decide to vote SNP 123 and not bother with any further preferences.
Or they could vote SNP 123 and possibly use votes 4 and 5 for other Independence minded parties such as the Greens or SSP if they have candidates standing.
For my own choices in my area ….I will vote SNP 12 and 3 if available, but if only two SNP members are standing, I will simply vote SNP 1 and 2 and leave it at that. I am not aware of any Green candidate thus far in my area, but if there are, then they will be my next choice.
What I will not do is use any of my preferences for Unionist supporting parties.
It has been interesting to note that the SNP have kept their canvassing purely on local issues, without reference to the significance of the upcoming Independence referendum in 2014, while the Unionist parties have barely stopped focussing on the Independence issue.
The SNP are quite right to keep it on local issues only, that is what these elections are supposed to be about, not Independence.
But the Unionist parties are right to see that these Council elections could be much more significant for the future of the country than any other council election has ever been.
The fact of the matter is, the more councils that the SNP can run, the easier it becomes to coordinate with SNP government policy in Holyrood.
We have seen many times in the recent past, Labour controlled councils in particular, taking actions which have weakened the last Scottish Governments policy application in their areas, such as the deployment of teachers and reduction of class sizes. They have diverted monies into other areas, which in turn has effected the governments figures for implementing policy successfully, and then allowed Labour in Holyrood to criticise the SNP for not meeting their targets!
Given how Council control can have either a positive or negative effect depending on who runs it, we need to see as many as possible in SNP hands on Friday.
Consider also the fact that the press and media have all barely commented on the Council elections, and when they have they have mostly downplayed them, and many have been suggesting that the people are not enthused and are touting a turn out of barely 20% in some areas.
Don’t be fooled into apathy by this.
It suits the Unionists to keep the turn out low, and to make a stir about other issues…Why? Because a low turnout means they hope there will be little between them and the SNP …..Get out there and VOTE!!!
So please make sure you use your vote wisely tomorrow, and make sure you vote if you are a Nationalist.
SNP 123…..and any other Independence supporting parties thereafter.