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Petition launched for an elected mayor

PUBLISHED: 15:36 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 23 August 2010

A PETITION has been launched calling for an independently elected mayor in the borough. Campaign group Gravesham for Elected Mayor (GEM) needs to get 3,500 signatures for Gravesham Borough Council to be forced to hold a referendum asking residents to vot

A PETITION has been launched calling for an independently elected mayor in the borough.

Campaign group Gravesham for Elected Mayor (GEM) needs to get 3,500 signatures for Gravesham Borough Council to be forced to hold a referendum asking residents to vote the issue.

If a referendum was held and an elected mayor was the majority, the council will change format from a Leader and Cabinet system to an elected Mayor and Cabinet system.

A spokesperson for GEM said: "So many electors feel disillusioned with politics and hopefully our campaign will be one positive step towards involving people in our community."

Most of the members are part of pressure group Urban Gravesham, which campaigns for the heritage of Gravesend.

A spokesperson for the council said the petition must contain the names of 3,543 people on the current electoral register.

If the petition is verified, a referendum will have to take place within six months.

The mayor of Gravesham is currently councillor Bronwen McGarrity.

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