City Hall election organisers London Elects have teamed up with Award winning animator Tim Searle to produce an animation encouraging people to vote tomorrow (3rd May).
Searle’s television work includes Have I Got News for You, Horrible Histories, I Am Not An Animal and 2DTV.
On Thursday voters will elect a new Mayor and 25 members of the London Assembly, the body which scrutinises the Mayor and investigates issues of concern to Londoners.
Discussing his involvement in the London Elects awareness campaign, Searle said: “Democracy can’t be more important, I am passionate about it. I was keen to work on this project with London Elects and bring some lightness of touch to what can be quite a dry subject.
“The idea of people not using their vote really upsets me, especially young people, but hopefully this animation will help bring the whole process to life.
“I have tried to use the existing campaign material as I wanted it to feel part of the awareness and education campaign which London Elects has organised and not bombard people with new images. I hope it gets across the voting process in an accessible way and encourages more people out to the polling stations next/this week.”
Sarah Garrett, Communications Manager at London Elects, added: “We are incredibly lucky to work with such a skilled animator and we’re really pleased with the result.
“The animation shows how important it is to vote and how easy it is using your 3 ballot papers. You might think you don’t like politics or it doesn’t affect you, but once these 26 people are elected, they will make decisions on your everyday life in London for the next four years. It’s about everything from transport and policing, to housing and the environment and this animation is another way for us to help you have your say.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) Boris Johnson (Conservative) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat). A full list of candidates can be found here.