UK Liberty

Independent review of Scottish electoral chaos

Posted in voting by ukliberty on May 11, 2007

The BBC:

The elections watchdog is appointing an independent international expert to examine the chaos surrounding the Holyrood count.

Technical failures, confusion about how to fill in ballot papers and problems with postal votes were all blamed for the problems which beset last week’s poll.

Figures obtained by the BBC found that more than 140,000 votes were rejected, the majority on the constituency vote.

It has been suggested that putting the regional and constituency votes on a single ballot paper caused confusion.

There was also a separate ballot paper for the local authority elections, which used a different voting system.

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