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PremierLeague-News.Com - Frantic council staff - including fly-tipping officers - spent the weekend hand delivering hundreds of ballots

Uk news Scottish election probe as council contractor forgot to send postal ballot papers PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Frantic council staff - including fly-tipping officers - spent the weekend hand delivering hundreds of ballots

Uk news  Scottish election probe as council contractor forgot to send postal ballot papers PremierLeague-News.Com
05 May 2021 - 08:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An election probe is underway after claims a Renfrewshire Council contractor FORGOT to mail out hundreds of postal ballots. Local authority staff, including fly-tipping officers, were forced to mount a desperate delivery campaign at the weekend. They raced door to door to hand-deliver the vital ballot papers to more than 400 voters. The revelation comes on the eve of the Scottish Parliament election. Political sources fear some people will now be unable to lodge their vote in time for tomorrow’s national poll. The official Electoral Registration Office has now been informed of the blunder. A stunned accountant, who asked not to be named, got a knock at his door on Sunday afternoon from a council employee who normally works in the fly-tipping department. He said: “She arrived with the ballot papers for my wife and I and apologised. “She said Renfrewshire Council had forgotten to post them out. And that she and her colleagues had hundreds to deliver over the next couple of days. “Staff have been switched from their normal jobs and no doubt have had to be paid extra to do this.” Vote fears - postal delivery may have been too later for some (Image: Copyright Unknown) The resident had previously called the council helpline when he realised he still had not received the voting papers. He said: “We were told the papers had just been posted on April 27. When I phoned on April 29 the helpline simply rang out. “It is utterly ridiculous and unacceptable that such incompetence is allowed to possibly affect the outcome of a Scottish election.

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.” The couple had decided to get a postal vote to avoid the risk of attending a polling station during the pandemic. One political insider said: “An investigation needs to be carried out as this is very serious. “With it being a Bank Holiday on Monday some people will have gone away for a break, especially as lockdown has been lifted. “They would not have had a chance to vote before they left.” It is understood some candidates have also informed election officials of the blunder. A Renfrewshire Council spokesman shifted the blame for the blunder onto a company it had hired. A spokesman said: “We were made aware on Friday a number of postal voting packs had not been delivered by our printing and distribution contractor to some of our constituents. “We are very sorry for the delay in the arrival of these packs. We took immediate action to hand deliver just over 400 postal packs using our own council employees over the weekend and would urge people to ensure their packs are returned as soon as possible so they are received by Thursday. “If anyone has requested a postal voting pack and has yet to receive it, we would please ask them to contact our council staff by either phoning 0141 618 2300 during office hours, or by email via Election-office@renfrewshire.gov.uk. “We are working closely with our contractor to address these issues and ensure all postal voting packs are received.” As long as the completed ballots are received at polling stations before 10pm tomorrow, they will be valid.

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