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A COSTLY ERROR IN ABBEY WARD ELECTIONS

April 23, 2015 7:13 AM

A costly error on District Council Election ballot forms has caused consternation in Kenilworth Abbey Ward this week.

Postal voters receiving their ballot forms yesterday noticed that the ballot form had been wrongly printed with the Labour party logo against the name of one of the Liberal Democrat candidates.

Following discussions between the Lib Dems election agent, John Whitehouse, and the Acting Returning Officer, Chris Elliott, it has been agreed that all ballot forms for Abbey Ward will be re-printed and re-sent to all postal voters in the ward.

John Whitehouse said:

"With people being asked to vote for up to three candidates out of a list of twelve candidates, many electors rely on the party logos to help guide their choices. In such a tightly-contested ward as Kenilworth Abbey, the mistake could have seriously affected the outcome of this election.

"I'm grateful to the Acting Returning Officer for a rapid decision to correct the situation, even though it will prove costly in terms of re-printing and postage costs. These elections only happen every four years, so it's vital that we get an outcome that truly reflects the informed wishes of the electorate."

Notes:

  1. Elections in Kenilworth Abbey Ward are always some of the most closely-fought in Warwick District.
  2. In 2011, one Lib Dem councillor and two Conservative councillors were elected.
  3. In 2013, in the County Council election in Kenilworth Abbey division, Lib Dem councillor John Whitehouse was re-elected with 42% of the vote, compared with 30% for his Conservative challenger.

Printed, published and promoted by John Whitehouse on behalf of Kenilworth & Southam Liberal Democrats, all at 47 Sunningdale Ave, Kenilworth, CV8 2BY.