Tameside Council misses candidate off postal ballot papers

TAMESIDE Council blamed a “production error” for the name of a candidate being omitted from a postal vote ballot paper.

Voters who received papers in Hyde Godley ward for the forthcoming local elections discovered The Green Party candidate Keith Whitehead was not listed.

Once they were alerted to the blunder, council officials then hurriedly had to have the ballot papers re-printed and re-sent to those who had registered for a postal vote.

A Tameside Council spokesperson, on behalf of the returning officer, said: “A production error with the postal vote ballot paper for Hyde Godley ward ONLY has resulted in a validly nominated candidate’s name being omitted.

“Replacement postal vote packs are being produced by our printers today (April 15) and posted first class to postal voters in this ward together with a letter explaining that the previously issued postal votes are invalid and the replacement postal vote needs to be used instead.

“Should we receive any of the incorrect postal votes these cannot be included in the count and we will make specific contact with the electors concerned to ensure that they use the replacement postal votes.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to the voter who we will do everything we can to ensure they are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.

This production error does not affect any of the other 18 wards and voters should deal with their ballot papers as instructed in the normal way. If anyone has any concerns they should contact the elections office and the contact number given in their letter.”

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