Greens oppose "all-out" council elections
Bristol's Green Party has come out against the idea of holding local elections every four years.
A third of the city's 70 seats are currently contested every year.
But now the political parties are moving towards agreement over "all-out" elections to coincide with the mayoral election, starting in 2016.
The Greens, however, oppose the move, claiming that there would be less incentive for people to get involved in the democratic process.
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Rob Telford, Green candidate for Ashley said: "We all know that any system worth adopting must increase citizen participation and not limit it.
"Yet these changes would widen the gap between the public and their elected representatives, and give people less incentive to participate, vote or stand for election themselves - either as an independent or for a political party. We believe people should be able to decide on who represents them more often than these proposals allow."
Anna McMullen, Green candidate for Easton and a member of the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership said: "We need to empower the Bristol public to be more regularly involved in our city's politics, not less.
"The council should be bringing in measures to help people's voices be heard, like switching to proportionally representative voting, or giving people the right to recall their councillors. People feel like their opinions aren't listened to as it is. This would only make it worse."
South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset councils all hold "all-out" elections every four years.
People in favour of four-yearly elections say the advantages are:
+ political stability for a fixed term,
+ more chance for change - voters can boot out a party if they are unpopular,
+ less complicated to understand,
+ easier to motivate people to vote if they believe they can make a difference.