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Updated: Ukip candidate missed off ballot papers

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A Ukip parliamentary candidate who was missed off ballot papers in Darlington is seeking a re-run of the election.

David Hodgson was omitted from ballot papers issued at one polling station in the borough, a spokeswoman for the council confirmed.

She said: “Approximately 89 ballot papers (0.1% of the total number of ballot papers printed) had been issued, but as  soon as the issue was identified, corrected ballot papers were issued to the polling station concerned.”

The spokeswoman said “voting in the general and local elections was continuing as normal”.

However, Mr Hodgson told the Northern Echo: “It’s shocking; absolutely terrible and inexcusable. I understand the Ukip office has been informed and will be lodging a protest. I don’t know what happened but surely some law has been breached. I’ve not got a clue what happens now but I’m guessing the only way to resolve it is for it to be re-run.”

An Electoral Commission spokeswoman told LGC they were aware of the situation in Darlington and were looking into it.

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