Chief electoral officer and slow count staff criticised for delays

Chief Electoral Officer Graham Shields. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye

Chief Electoral Officer Graham Shields. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye

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A review of May’s mammoth European election count has criticised the chief electoral officer for his planning and some of those counting the votes for working slowly.

The Electoral Commission, which scrutinises the conduct of the Electoral Office, said that chief electoral officer Graham Shields had not done enough contingency planning prior to the count.

And the watchdog identified speed problems with some of the counters as a reason for the chronic delays.

 

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