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Electorate needs a 'none of the above' option

I must agree with your correspondent James Kirk (Write Back, February 25) that "the electorate here urgently needs a 'None of the Above' option on the ballot" for those who find none of the "other" candidates, or their policies, appealing.

If this option were made available, there is no reason why voting should not be made compulsory, so long as a postal vote is always available and there are safeguards in place for those unable to vote because of factors beyond their control.

However, far more importantly, should "None of the Above" attract more votes than any "other" candidate, a re-run should be required, from which they would be debarred from standing.

Also, they should all automatically lose their deposits, which would discourage frivolous "parties" from standing in the first place.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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