Linking and sharing with the faith communities of South London
The importance of voting
In 2009, SLIFG encouraged its members to vote in the elections to the European Parliament (see below). The same logic applied to the General Election in 2010 and it applies also to the London Assembly elections in 2012. If people of faith use their votes it will help to prevent the election of candidates whose values contradict those of the inter faith movement.
The London Assembly elections are proportional, using a combined constituency and party list system. Any party gaining 5% of the total votes is guaranteed a member of the Assembly. Hence the extra importance of people of faith using their votes; this will decrease the proportion of votes for parties whose values contradict those of the inter faith movement.
FROM THE SOUTH LONDON INTER FAITH GROUP IN 2009
19 April 2009 (updated 19 May, after registrations closed)
To all members
The aims of South London Inter Faith Group (SLIFG) include:
The SLIFG committee would like you to be aware that:
In the elections to the European Parliament which will take place on 4 June 2009, there is a strong possibility that the British National Party (BNP) will gain one of the 8 London seats.
Everything the BNP stands for runs counter to the ethos of SLIFG.
The whole of Greater London is a single constituency that will elect 8 Members (MEPs).
Voters will vote for parties, not for candidates (except independents). The parties choose their MEPs.
The voting system is proportional. So if the turn-out is small, as it usually is for European elections, the BNP proportion of the vote may become inflated.
Please make sure you vote on 4 June.
Vote for any party except the BNP and make sure that the congregations of your temples, mosques, synagogues and churches are informed about this situation and the importance of turning out to vote on 4 June. A poster is available for your use. Encourage your friends of all faiths and none to vote.
(If anyone’s name was not already on the electoral register, it needed to have been added by 19 May in order to be able to vote on 4 June. For future elections, you can register at any time by filling in a registration form and sending it to your local electoral registration office, which is usually at your local council office.)