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WORRIES MOUNT OVER GROWING CANDIDATE CONFUSION

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This year's elections were dogged by an unprecedented number of legal rows over confusing ballot papers, according ...
This year's elections were dogged by an unprecedented number of legal rows over confusing ballot papers, according to the Association of Electoral Administrators.

AEA chairman John Turner said the incidence of 'double descriptions' in this year's polls was a new phenomenon and an additional burden on council-employed electoral administration officers.

Examples of double descriptions include a case in Gravesham, where the Labour Party complained about the fielding of a 'New Labour' candidate, and one in Brighton, where the Tories were upset about the presence of an 'Official Conservative' candidate.

Mr Turner believes as many as a dozen similar cases reached the election courts prior to polling day. With the courts judging each case on its merits, electoral administrators had no 'definitive line' to follow, he said.
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