Three-box confusion sorted out in the end
THE ALL PARTY TALLY in Wicklow/East Carlow proved quite a success last week and while there were some discrepancies between the tally and the final first count figure much of this can be attributed to the fact that some three boxes were not tallied correctly.
With 98.53 per cent of the votes tallied, some 201 boxes out of the total of 204, the tally was within a 50 to 100 votes of each candidate more or less.
Poll topper Andrew Doyle received 9,800 votes in the tally but when the final first count result was in he had 10,035 votes.
The lowest tally vote share went to Kevin Carroll with 71 votes while he polled 74 votes in the final count.
However, the tally was spot on with Independent Thomas Clarke who took 103 votes in the tally and in reality. Jim Tallon's vote was also spot on in the tally and the vote with a total of 166 first preference votes.
One of the biggest discrepancy was seen in the vote of Pat Kavanagh of Fis Nua and Conal Kavanagh of Labour which is due no doubt to having the same surname and appearing together on the ballot paper. The tally had Pat Kavanagh at 403 votes however reality was somewhat different and she polled 291 votes. Conal Kavanagh was 2,986 votes in the tally but polled 3,231 first preference votes.
There were also discrepancies in the vote of Pat Fitzgerald (a tally of 3,301 to an actual vote of 3,576), John Brady (a tally of 6,883 to an actual vote of 7,089), Stephen Donnelly (a tally of 6,202 to an actual vote of 6,530) Simon Harris (a tally of 8,580 to an actual vote of 8,726) and Billy Timmins (a tally of 8,833 to an actual vote of 9,165).
Poll topper Andrew Doyle with his mother Maureen.