Electoral Commission and polling station irregularities already

UKIP is going to get stitched up today. Reports already in say that they are rubbing off the pencil where someone has put a cross on UKIP and are putting the cross somewhere else.

UKIP are advising all to take PENS with them when going to vote, to prevent returning officers doing this sort of thing.

Then there are those postal votes.

And now this:

UKIP candidate missing on ballot papers in Darlington, vote now proceeding with correct papers  

Well of course, they took up all 89 spoiled papers, didn’t they and they were ruled informal.  No?

Darlington Council has two options – to try to contact the 89 voters and call them back or proceed with the election as it stands with the 89 votes counting.

Due to doubts that all 89 would be contactable the council has chosen the second option.

What!  Well anyway, the head of the council was distraught about it all, no?

Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon said he was unaware of any problems. Ada Burns, Darlington Council chief executive, said: “We have taken advice from the Electoral Commission and are confident that the election can go ahead as normal. “The turnout so far has been excellent and the message is to keep voting.”

Total stitch up.  Rebel Yell hearing from several friends that a few polling stations in west are insisting pencil is used only.

Leader of Scottish Tories claims ‘burly blokes’ blocking voters at polling station as police warn of ‘threatening behaviour’ by Nationalist supporters

  • Ruth Davidson claims that a gang has been intimidating non-supporters 
  • Police issue warnings to all 32 councils over Nats’ Operation Scallop 
  • SNP supporters urge people to photograph vote and watch election official
  • Some also encouraged to trail lorries transporting papers to the counts  

Dozens queue to complain in Hackney, wrong ballot papers issued in two wards of Bournemouth, and expats say forms arrived too late.

UPDATE at 16:17: Missing postal voting forms so far: Bexley, Hackney, Redbridge, Barnet, Finchley.

Fairly par for the course in this third world country.

One thing I didn’t like at my polling station was the yellow paper.  The white was easy – find UKIP at the bottom and cross.

But the yellow [council election] was a problem – no UKIP anywhere.  There was Labour, LibDem, Socialist Workers and then Conservative.  What was I to do?  So I did end up voting Tory on one paper.

Word in town among Labour people is that many are changing from Labour … but not to UKIP.  To Tory.  Weird.  So we’ll see what happens.

Take a pen with you.

5 comments for “Electoral Commission and polling station irregularities already

  1. May 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Pen placed firmly in my handbag for my trip to polling station in around an hours time.
    Thank you for the heads up.

  2. James Strong
    May 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This is an astonishing claim, that officials have rubbed out crosses fro the UKIP candidate and put in a vote for someone else.
    Frankly, I don’t believe it. How can it be done? When I voted this morning there were two officials in attendance. They would have to collude, and not be seen by any member of the public.
    No official goes into the booth with a voter, and the ballot paper is folded and put in a box. And until you can provide a sworn statement from a witness I think it would be better if you didn’t publish claims like this.
    If this claim turns out to to be unfounded you will look foolish, and by extension other UKIP voters and supporters will be thought to be foolish, and you will have harmed the prospects of UKIP.
    If there is evidence then I hope the alleged criminal will be prosecuted.But at the moment the claim that you make here does not deserve to be believed.
    I voted UKIP this morning.

    • Brightside Bob
      May 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      I don’t want to sound naive, but I agree. By the way, the mrs & I also voted UKIP this morning.

      • Brightside Bob
        May 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

        Forgot to mention; at the last round of Council Elections, the UKIP guy won ‘by a mile’. Doubt the GE candidate will win, but…

  3. Zaqx
    May 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

    UKIP was not on the yellow ballot paper. Was it not meant to be?

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