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Labour And Green Candidates Left Off Postal Ballot Papers


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Labour And Green Candidates Left Off Postal Ballot Papers

An ‘inadvertent mistake’ resulted in over 480 postal ballot papers being sent out without the names of the Green and Labour Party candidates.

Labour’s Karl Turner and the Green Party’s Sarah Walpole were missing from the ballot papers for the Hull East constituency

The BBC report: Hull City Council confirmed a printing error had affected a batch of papers and said the mistake affected people who registered to vote after 1 April.

A council spokesman apologised for an “inadvertent mistake” and said the matter was being investigated.

Ian Anderson, the council’s acting returning officer for the general elections, said: “We are printing and sending out a new batch of postal votes for those residents who are affected.

“This will be done as quickly as possible to ensure that it does not affect people’s chance to have their say in next week’s general election.”

The council said that a first run of postal ballot papers – sent out to more than 5,450 homes – had been printed successfully with the full list of candidates.

But Mr Turner told the BBC the mistake was “concerning” because people were “being denied the right to vote and take part in the democratic process”.

He added: “I have had calls from people in East Hull who are going on holiday this week and are angry that they are unable to vote. I have asked Hull City Council to urgently look into the matter and review their processes surrounding sending out ballot papers.