CAMDEN’S council election night in May won’t be an election night after all. Veterans may like the old image of candidates sucking a makeshift bar dry at the back of a sports hall somewhere, while officials count up votes long into the night. It’s not clear whose Budweiser and crisps are in this photo of former Labour councillors Phil Turner and Geethika Jayatilaka in the Somers Town gym back in 2006, but Camden is taking the safe bet option by moving the task of counting ballot papers this year to the day following voting, a Friday afternoon.
Council leader Sarah Hayward says there is no point asking matchstick-eyed people to work through the night when the papers can be locked away overnight and then counted when the sun comes up again. Probably sensible, even if it punctures the drama of it all slightly.