Warwickshire goes back to the ballot boxes on Thursday to decide who will represent the
region in Europe but some voters dont even know it is taking place.
With the new proportional representation voting system every vote is now crucial, but
it seems local people's interest has not been grabbed by the election.
Ashley Davies, 27, from Willenhall, freely admits that he did not even know when the
voting was taking place.
"I have had a card through the door but I didnt really look at it, I thought
it was another of those local elections.
"I have not received any flyers or anything this time, so I dont really know
what the main issues are or which party is closest to my views.
"I think people are getting sick of meaningless elections and to be honest
politics is getting so dull that I no longer take any interest, I dont think I would
bother to vote even if it was a general election."
Disinterest was an emotion echoed by Paul Adams from Holbrooks.
"I dont really care who wins, I dont think it makes any difference to
us whether we are represented in Europe by Labour or by the Teletubbies the decisions are
made in Brussels," he said.
"I certainly am not going to bother to vote, and I dont think many people
will be interested because you can tell by the lack of media interest in the election that
it is not something that anyone is worried about."
One person who will be voting on Thursday is Kenilworth resident Glyn Lawton, who
believes that people do not realise the importance of the event.
"The Conservatives have the message 'In Europe not run by Europe' and that is
vital if we are to stay as we are now.
"There are certain policies being banded around in Europe which would cause a lot
of people in this country problems, like the 48 hour working week, and voters need to
realise that most of the parties are going to surrender power.
"It is ridiculous that decisions can be made which will affect this country by
people who have probably never been here in their lives."
However, it seems that if the parties have been trying to communicate the key issues of
the election they have failed spectacularly.
Joyce Weaver from Coundon says she will not vote because of lack of knowledge of
important matters in Europe.
"No-one takes any time to properly explain what is going on or what it actually
means to the people.
"All Labour want to do is point score off the Conservatives, and vice-versa so you
end up knowing nothing about what is actually going on."
candidate whose name will certainly be known to Coventry voters on Friday will be
Socialist Alliances Dave Nellist.
A huge poster in the windows of Mercia House tower block in the Lower Precinct
proclaims Vote Nellist and the City Councillor and former MP said:
"Somebody has had a great idea. It was mentioned to me that there was a banner but
I had not seen it.
"It is massive, it is on the 12th or 13th floor and you can
see it from a very long way off. I must find out who did it and congratulate them."