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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Candidate is a dummy

As a candidate I have been called many things, but at least I am in a position to answer back.

That is not the case for Helena Torry who has just been disqualified from standing in the upcoming council elections in the Hazlehead, Ashley and Queens Cross ward in Aberdeen. Ms. Torrey is a dummy. To be precise she is mannequin.

Her agent, 63-year-old Renee Slater has been charged by Grampian Police under the Section 65 part 2A of 1983 Representation of the People Act, concerned with forging ballot papers, and is scheduled to appear in court in the near future. 

Returning officer, Valerie Watts told the media that ”The nomination paper for Helena Torry was submitted shortly before the close of nominations on March 3 and contained all the information required by statute for a valid nomination. 

“In this case, it is clear from public statements from the purported election agent that the information on the form was inaccurate to the point of rendering the nomination a complete nullity, which can be disregarded for the purposes of the election.” 

She said that “those concerned” would be required to cover the costs involved in the matter. Ms Slater was released from police custody on Thursday, but the mannequin has not been so fortunate. She remains in the possession of the Grampian Police."

 It seems though that the mannequin's entry into politics had a purpose. Her agent told the Aberdeen Evening Express: “Helena’s aims and objectives are equality for human beings, ensuring there is a fair deal for everyone and giving a voice to the silent majority.”

The paper adds that Ms. Torrey first appeared at a Friends of Union Terrace Garden campaign event, of which her agent is a vocal supporter, campaigning against proposed developments to gardens in Aberdeen City Centre. Not so silent after all then.
When you think you've seen it all.
There are 10 people out there who's signed the dummy's nomination papers, are they going to be held to account too?
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