Vot­ing by post ‘will count’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­SPITE con­cerns by peo­ple who opted to cast postal votes in to­day’s elec­tions, all have been as­sured that their votes will count.

Jac­quie Stamp was among res­i­dents com­plain­ing about late ar­rival of postal vote forms af­ter hers ar­rived last Fri­day just six days be­fore the elec­tion.

She said: “Even within the UK there is lit­tle hope of th­ese pa­pers be­ing re­turned in time to be in­cluded in the vote. For those tem­po­rar­ily work­ing abroad the chances are nil.

“Many peo­ple with per­ma­nent ad­dresses in Ash­ford Bor­ough are thus be­ing dis­en­fran­chised by the very coun­cil they have ex­pressed a wish to sup­port.

“Why were th­ese forms not is­sued ear­lier, and what ac­tion is the coun­cil tak­ing to en­sure sim­i­lar de­lays do not oc­cur at fu­ture elec­tions?”

Coun­cil spokesman Rob Hust­wayte said: “From the re­sponse we are re­ceiv­ing it is clear we have given elec­tors am­ple time to cast their votes.

“By Tues­day af­ter­noon we had re­ceived 5,500 out of a pos­si­ble 9,500 postal votes. We re­ceived 1,000 bal­lot pa­pers on Satur­day alone.

“If peo­ple have any con­cerns about their abil­ity to get their votes in on time they can hand de­liver their bal­lot pa­pers to the Civic Cen­tre, or to polling booths up un­til 10pm on Thurs­day.”

For full re­sults of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil elec­tion re­sults log on to www.ken­ton­line.co.uk

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