Another petition calling for a referendum for a directly elected mayor of Guildford has been handed to the Borough Council – for the fifth time
So far each attempt to secure a referendum has failed, having not gained enough signatures.
The first petition was handed in almost a year ago on May 18, 2015.
Following the validation process it was declared invalid as it failed to reach the 5,012 signatures (5% of the electorate in the borough) needed to trigger a referendum.
Since then organisers have continued to gather signatures and attempted to hand in additional petitions combined with all previous signatures on February 11, March 10, March 31.
The council said the latest version failed because a number of signatures were disregarded as they did not meet certain criteria.
This could be because of changes to the electoral register – for example, when people move out of the borough and they no longer appear on the electoral register their signature will not be valid.
On Wednesday (April 27) the council said: “We received another new petition on Monday 25 April 2016.
“We are currently validating each entry on this latest petition, along with all of the entries on the earlier petitions, against the elected register that was in force on 25 April.
“This validation must be completed by 25 May 2016.”
But since the last petitions were handed in some of the rules have changed.
From April 1 this year the required number of valid signatures to trigger a Referendum increased to 5,184.
Eagle Radio spoke to Monika Juneja following the last rejection: “We have done everything this council has asked us to do.
“The fact they don’t understand their own process, it’s a disadvantage to us and it’s really a bad poor show on them.”
“Why should I give up? At the end of the day, we have an undertaking to this borough, to get the right outcome.
“All I’m asking for is a question: Do we like the system as it is today? And do we like when we come out, and we sit in the traffic and we look at the way that this borough is being governed?”
“Do we like that way? Or do we think that we need to move forward and be governed in a different way?”