EIGHTY-eight people - including a lone independent - have declared themselves as candidates for the Eastern region in next month's European elections, which will be co-ordinated from Huntingdonshire. There are seven seats up for grabs in the region and the full list of candidates includes none from Huntingdonshire, although the Returning Officer, who is required to see fair play and declare the results for the region, is David Monks, chief executive of Huntingdonshire District Council. Mr Monks, who is one of Britain's leading experts on electoral law and practice, is joint author of a book that will be used as an electoral Bible by returning officers and electoral registration officers throughout the United Kingdom. Running Elections 2009 is the fourth updating of the text and the first since changes to the rules were introduced by the Electoral Administration Act 2006. In the introduction to the book, Mr Monks and co-author Roger Morris say the book is designed to instil confidence that the electoral process is being properly run.