Thursday, November 02, 2006

The problem with the ANC System

In reviewing the list of candidates for the various Ward 3 ANC seats, I am struck by how many open seats and uncontested races exist.

Out of 42 seats up for election from ANC 3B to ANC 3/4G (some of the seats are technically in other Wards, but I am including them all for this purpose):

9 are open seats with no candidates on the ballot
27 are uncontested, generally incumbants
6 have more than one candidate

A whopping 14% of the seats have contested races. There is simply little interest in this volunteer job, and generally the people willing to do it have the time, and some sort of agenda. The agenda in question may, or may not be in the best interests of the broader community.

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