I rarely publicly disagree with Welsh Ramblings but I must on this occasion when he describes the decision of the six North Wales returning officers to start the Welsh Assembly election count at 9am on Friday the 6th May 2011, as 'deranged.' First of all I would challenge his use of the word 'deranged' to describe the decision and those who took the decision. Knowing by reputation most if not all those Chief Executives who took the decision, the last word I would use to describe them is deranged; rational being a more accurate description.
What seemed to have rankled the Ramblings is the fact that North Wales Returning Officers have taken a decision without reference to the rest of Wales; it may come as a bit of a shock but there is 'life outside the Cardiff bubble' and the sooner he/she realises this the better. It is no good preaching localism and then demanding uniformity and centralism.
The refusal by Mohamed Mehmet to do an U-turn in the face of political pressure is commendable, it makes absolute sense to start the count at 9am the morning after because of the AV count that MUST start at 4pm on the 6th May. It is a nonsense to start the count at 10pm on the Thursday night complete the Assembly count and then start again at 4pm on the Friday.
What should have happened was that the sixteen other Returning Officers should have agreed to the count starting at 9am on the 6th May.