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Review of Parliamentary Election

A review is to take place into the Parliamentary election for Newcastle-under-Lyme on 8 June.

The Borough Council announced today it has asked the Association of Electoral Administrators to carry out the independent piece of work.

It comes after adverse coverage in the media and also social media about the process 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.

John Sellgren, Chief Executive of the Council and also the Returning Officer, said: “We have commissioned the most suitably qualified organisation in the country to investigate the issues set out above and to determine whether there were any shortcomings in relation to the conduct of the election.

“We are hopeful the Association can start its work immediately and produce their report as soon as possible.

“In the report we have asked them to set out the details of the investigation undertaken, comment on the matters investigated and come forward with any recommendations for action.”

Cllr. Elizabeth Shenton, Leader of the Council, said: “I have been kept informed of the situation and fully support the course of action which is being proposed.”

The Council has confirmed that it has also been contacted by the Electoral Commission who had been alerted to media coverage of the alleged issues in the constituency.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said: “We welcome this review and will support it in any way we can. We will be reporting on the administration of the polls in due course.”