Islands’ Resident Unhappy Over Co-op Elections

A Garrison resident wants to talk to the Co-op management about the islands’ representation on the regional members’ board. That’s the panel of elected representatives who are meant to feedback views and look after customers’ interests.

Alan Davis failed to get elected to the Cornwall and Scilly panel in the recent poll.

Four mainland candidates were chosen to serve for three years and another six people were unsuccessful. It was Alan’s second attempt and he feels that the islands need their own seat to look after our special interests.

He’s looked at the society’s constitution and believes a seat could ring-fenced for Scilly if there was willing on the part of the organisation.

Alan has also requested a break down of eligible voter numbers and votes cast as he feels mainland candidates will always be elected because there are simply more people over there.

And Alan has questioned the success of Co-op employees in the ballot – he claims one of those voted in was a manager of the Penzance store, and he thinks the panel should be made up of shoppers. He’s also flagged up concerns that some islanders didn’t receive ballot papers. The closing date for the ballot was extended because of that.

Co-op spokesperson Steve Broughton said they’re a democratic organisation and committed to ensuring that members have a voice. Elections are held in a fair and transparent manner, he says.

Alan has asked for the name of the Electoral Reform Commission official who monitored the poll.

The Co-op says they will respond to Mr Davis directly in due course.


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