The Portsmouth News is today reporting that a British National Party candidate who is standing in tomorrows local elections has not declared which party he belongs to. Due to the confusion this will cause concerns have been raised.
Gene Cann of Magdala Road Hayling Island is recorded as having no party however he will have the BNP emblem next to his name on ballot papers tomorrow.
Its not clear whether the omittance of this information was deliberate or a mistake.
Local borough councillor for Hayling Leah Turner initially thought that Mr Cann was an independent until she realised he was actually BNP. Leah commented: As a member of the Jewish community I was extremely disturbed to hear that this party were standing for the council elections on Hayling Island.
Other candidates have also voiced concerns. Conservative Liz Fairhurts said: I think if you stand for public office and put your name forward for an election voters have the right to know who you are what you represent and what your beliefs are.
Havant Borough Council also issued a statement as they are coordinating the local elections in Havant. The candidates from the BNP will not have the name of their political party on the ballot paper as they did not include their party name in their nomination papers. However the BNP emblem will be displayed on the papers as a valid request was received to include it.
Its understood that The News tried to contact Mr Cann but he wasnt available for comment. The BNP also didnt return calls.
For story on The News website here – http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/confusion-as-bnp-candidates-fail-to-declare-their-party-1-5046684