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Review Begins into Election Processes

AN INDEPENDENT review has begun into the processes carried out during the Parliamentary Election in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 8 June.

Following a request made by the Borough Council through the Association of Electoral Administrators, Andrew Scallan CBE, the former Director of Electoral Administration at the Electoral Commission, has been appointed to conduct the assessment.

Mr Scallan, who received his CBE for services to electoral democracy, worked at Manchester City Council for many years before joining the Commission in 2006.  He has been involved in electoral services since 1983.

The Borough Council asked for the review following adverse coverage in the media and claims on social media about some processes carried out as part of the election.

Criticisms focused on the following issues:-

  • The issue of postal votes.
  • Individuals whose application to join the Electoral Register was awaiting determination.
  • Voters who had been added to the Electoral Register after the issue of poll cards being able to vote in polling stations.

Mr Scallan said:  “The review will involve discussions with a range of people and organisations involved in the election process in the borough.  I will be looking at claims made in the media and on social media.”

The first stage has been taking place this week and involved Mr Scallan speaking to each of the election candidates and their agents as well as council officials and student representatives.

Voters will have an opportunity to meet with Mr Scallan to talk about their election experiences at a consultation session which will take place between 9am and 9pm at the Civic Offices in Merrial Street, Newcastle, on Tuesday, 4 July.

Anyone wishing to talk about their experiences on 8 June should phone Angela Hodkinson on 01782 742101 or e‑mail angela.hodkinson@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk to arrange a convenient time.

Alternatively, if voters are not able to attend in person, they can make any comments by e‑mail to andrew.scallan@aea-elections.co.uk.

The timescale of the review has not yet been determined.