At least 24 Returning Officers failed to run elections properly in May

New figures out from the Electoral Commission show that at least 24 Returning Officers failed to meet the standards necessary for a “well-run election”.

Errors made include:

  • Print errors with election material,
  • Ballot papers issued to those not entitled to receive them, and
  • Incorrect declaration of results

Aย report details what went wrong in each of the 24 cases, but this may not beย the final tally as it excludes areas where election petitions are underwayย or where evaluation of the Returning Officer’s performance is still underway. 6 Returning Officers fall into one or other of these categories.

Once those six have also been assessed, the Electoral Commission will then begin the new (and welcome) process of deciding whether to recommend that payment be withheld from any Returning Officer for poor performance.


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