ELECTION: Election was an open contest

Matthew Mahabadi and Rodney Sadd in Spalding ANL-150403-105916001
Matthew Mahabadi and Rodney Sadd in Spalding ANL-150403-105916001
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During the 2015 elections, I was acting agent for our parliamentary candidate, Matthew Mahabadi.

Although this is seen as a voluntary role, it brings some responsibility with it, both during the campaign period and even after polling day.

I found the briefing session at South Holland District Council very useful. This was facilitated by Rhonda Oldfield, deputy returning officer.

Credit must go to Rhonda and her team for the excellent work that they carried out with the administration during the national and the district election campaign, covering such a large constituency as South Holland And The Deepings.

Also, behind the scenes on the night of the count was returning officer Anna Graves, chief executive of South Holland District Council.

Anna had the main responsibility of overseeing the count at the Springfields Events Centre and reporting back the declaration at 4.40am on the Friday.

Special thanks has to go to all the election count staff who, like the candidates, had such a long night on May 7.

Although we must have had one of the smallest campaign teams, I am proud of what we did on behalf of our party.

Congratulations to all who were successful and well done to those who stood on behalf of their local communities and made it all a very open and honest contest all round.