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ELECTIONS 2005: KEY MARGINAL AGREES EXTRA SAFEGUARDS FOR POSTAL VOTES

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A postal votes code of conduct* has been signed in Kettering to help maintain public confidence in the submission o...
A postal votes code of conduct* has been signed in Kettering to help maintain public confidence in the submission of postal votes.

The code covers the activities of party workers out and about door knocking and will apply immediately. The code covers what will happen if a party worker is asked to deliver a postal vote or otherwise assist in making a postal vote. The number of postal votes registered for the constituency has increased since the last general election from about 1 in 25 to around 1 in 5.

Acting returning officer David Cook said:

'Given the constituency has a majority of only 665 and I expect to issue around 16,000 postal votes, then how postal votes are handled is particularly relevant. The parties have been active in encouraging postal votes as they are fully entitled to do. However, they do recognise the public concern brought on by recent publicity and I am pleased to say I enjoyed the support of all parties when I suggested this local code of conduct.

'The local parties and I believe firmly that this code is right for the particular circumstances of this constituency. Whether it has any relevance beyond Kettering is a matter for the Electoral Commission'.

Notes

1.The Kettering code of conduct for party workers is available here.

2.The National code of conduct for party workers is available here.

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