Ballot paper gaffe for Chidham and Hambrook parish

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A PARISH council election candidate faced not getting a single postal vote after her name was left off the ballot paper.

Linda Merle Wilkinson of 1 Chidham Lane, Chidham, was not printed on the green Chidham and Hambrook parish ballot papers for postal votes only.

Chichester District Council said it sought legal advice after the ‘regrettable’ omission and apologised for any confusion it had caused.

“Advice has been taken from the Electoral Commission on this matter,” said a council spokeswoman.

“They consider that a re-issue of the parish council ballot papers in the parish affected is necessary to ensure that it complies with legislative requirements.”

New parish council postal ballot papers will therefore be issued to all the postal voters in the Chidham and Hambrook parish.

“These ballot papers will be produced in a different colour to the original ballot papers,” the spokeswoman added.

“This will ensure that the new postal vote statement and ballot paper are easily identifiable from the previously issued ballot papers. These will be sent to residents as a matter of urgency.”

Any parish council ballot paper returned with the candidate not printed on will not be accepted as it is not a ballot paper issued in accordance with the law.

The UK parliamentary and district council ballot papers that have been issued and are white and yellow are unaffected and residents should use these, the spokeswoman added.