Two thoughts occur:
Firstly, when This Writer was out on the doorstep in the run-up to the Welsh Assembly elections, a colleague met a gentleman in Rhayader who was adamant that the counting process was a stitch-up and that the votes of many people in his town had been – shall we say mislaid? – “mislaid” at a previous count.
This was one of the principle issues raised by ‘No’ campaigners in the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, as well. While investigators vowed there was no truth to the allegation of vote-rigging, it suggested that the process may require more transparency.
Now this. I’d like to know exactly how Mr Enright’s missing votes were discovered. Then we might find out a little about how to prevent such abuses.
Secondly, on a happier note, isn’t it great that Witney – David Cameron’s home – has rejected the Conservatives and elected a Labour councillor? Doesn’t that tell us everything we need to know about the rotten Conservative government we have now?
Of course, the council ward is not to be confused with the constituency and we should all remember that Cameron’s seat is a safe Tory stronghold.
Or is it?
A Labour councillor who thought he had lost his seat has been re-elected after a bundle of votes was found under a pile for his Conservative rival.
Duncan Enright, a candidate for a Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, has described his relief following the discovery. He tweeted throughout the experience and initially announced he had lost.
He posted: “Lost by 70 votes or so. Thanks for the opportunity to serve. The fight goes on.” He soon after followed up by announcing: “Miscount in Witney East, result now in, I win by 70! Thank you! Bunde of my votes under a Tory pile! Delighted! Thanks Witney!”
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