‘Cannot be free and fair!’ Electoral Commission urged to immediately axe Scottish election

Sturgeon: Expert says ‘everything has gone down’ in Scotland

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The Scottish election is scheduled to take place on May 6, but the current Covid restrictions in Scotland have made it near-impossible for political parties to launch campaigns ahead of the crunch vote in just over two months time. The Electoral Commission is coming under pressure to intervene with the SNP’s rivals claiming Nicola Sturgeon’s party have been able to gain an unfair advantage in the days and weeks leading up to the election.

Ms Sturgeon has been appearing daily on weekdays on national television during her coronavirus briefings, but the former Labour MP has claimed strict Covid restrictions enforced by the SNP Government have made it impossible to fully campaign ahead of the Holyrood election.

Now a campaign group called ResignSturgeon has claimed the Scottish election cannot go ahead on May 6, as no campaigning can currently take place, while Ms Sturgeon has a “daily platform”.

They have called on the Electoral Commission to step in and stop the Holyrood election from going ahead.

ResignSturgeon tweeted: “There CANNOT be free and fair democratic elections in Scotland in May.

“No campaigning can take place and Sturgeon has a daily platform

“@ElectoralCommUK must stop these elections going ahead.”

The campaign group received a raft of support from furious Twitter users.

One replied: “If the election is to be postponed for a 2nd time (it should have been held in May 2020), then ScotGov should be prevented from creating any new legislation (or implementing anything that is not in force by May 6th).”

A second person wrote: “If we were reading about this shambles in some Banana Republic, we’d be shaking our heads.

“To be living through it in our own country is a disgrace. This isn’t democracy!”

The comments from the ResignSturgeon group echo those made by Ms Sturgeon’s arch-rival George Galloway in an interview with Express.co.uk earlier this month.

The All for Unity leader demanded the upcoming Scottish election be postponed or Covid restrictions from the SNP Government be scrapped, lashing out at the First Minister’s ability to appear in daily briefings while he is unable to campaign fully.

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He questioned how an election can take place on May 6 if it is not completely safe to campaign for it.

Mr Galloway told Express.co.uk: All for Unity is off and running, but we are finding it predictably difficult to discover what you can do from a campaigning perspective.

“I have a soapbox, which it would seem, I’m not allowed to stand up on except in Parliament.

“I have speaking equipment I’m not allowed to speak through under the Covid regulations.

“You are also not allowed to travel to any other places outside of your own locale.

“You are not allowed to deliver leaflets or canvas door-to-door.

“You can pay people to deliver leaflets and contract a company to do that, which is ridiculous. Those with plenty of money can pay people to deliver their leaflets.

“That begs the obvious question – if the opposition cannot campaign, then how can there be an election?

He added: “Sturgeon is on live television, every week day and has been for almost a year, whilst I’m not allowed to take my soapbox to the neighbouring town, stand in an open space and speak from it.

“This raises really important questions – if it is not safe to campaign, it can’t be safe to have an election.

“You either have to scrap these regulations, or postpone the election.”

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