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LAZINESS 'COST TOWN COUNCILLOR HIS SEAT'

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Laziness by polling station officers led to a councillor losing his seat by just two votes in last year elections f...
Laziness by polling station officers led to a councillor losing his seat by just two votes in last year elections for Holyhead Town Council, a report has claimed.

The Daily Post (25 Feb, p7) reported that Jeff Evans, defending his council seat last June, discovered that 26 ballot papers had not been stamped with the official mark, making them void.

He lodged an appeal with the county council and an inquiry was undertaken. Council solicitor Lionel Gardner wrote to the presiding officer and the two clerks asking for an explanation. 'Regrettably, the presiding officer has not been able to help me with my inquiries,' he said.

Mr Gardner added one of the clerks said a number of ballot papers had been marked in readiness for the arrival of voters. 'In doing so, it appears that officers had difficulty in having the official stamp make a mark on every paper in the bundle,' he said.

'The failure to mark the papers arose from indolence,' he concluded. Mr Evans was later co-opted to the town council. He welcomed the report, saying: 'It should be the voting public who decided who wins or loses an election, not the actions of someone else.'
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