From next month all boat licence holders will have the chance to vote for one of the four positions on the 35-member Council of the Canal & River Trust, that replaces British Waterways (in England and Wales) as custodian of the canal system in April.
Andrew Tidy, better known through his blog as Captain Ahab is standing for election. Candidates are only allowed a 150 word "mini-manifesto" as an election address, which is not many words to put themselves across and seek your votes. You can read Andy's statement here but as a follower of his blog and through correspondence I feel I have got to know Andy well enough to vote for him as one of my representatives and to recommend him to others.
The election process is rather unusual. It will use the system known as the "Single Transferable Vote". This is similar to - but different from - the Alternative Vote soundly rejected for parliamentary elections last year. As far as I can see, despite their being four elected boaters' reps we have only one vote, which is used to rank the candidates in order of preference. I was going to try and explain it to you - and how it differs from the Alternative Vote - but I don't think I understand it well enough to: perhaps you'd better read about it for yourself here.
It strikes me that it might save a lot of time and effort if all the candidates were asked to explain the system that will be used to elect them: anyone who gets it right gets in!