Voting in the ballot for Labour's candidate for London's mayor will end at 5pm today, but the result cannot be offi...
Voting in the ballot for Labour's candidate for London's mayor will end at 5pm today, but the result cannot be officially declared until 5pm on Saturday at the earliest - and is more likely to come on Sunday or Monday, reports The Guardian (p10).
A three-day breathing space was agreed to allow time for appeal and complaints from members and candidates. Ken Livingstone has called the gap 'an invitation to fraud' and Frank Dobson's spokeswoman describes the decision to invite appeals before the result is announced as 'unprecedented'. But Millbank insists there will be no outcome until all the candidates agree the process has been free and fiar.
This may take even longer than three days as Glenda Jackson has threatened to go to court at 'any hint of impropriety'
However, despite this, Downing Street is expected to have a good idea of the the winner by tonight. Even if Millbank's three-day delay holds, the results of most of the ballots in the union and other affiliates' third of the electoral college - important pointers to the wider voting pattern - are expected to be announced over the next couple of days.