Voting by post ‘will count’
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