Vote Counting (General Elections)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th November 2009.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 10:30 am, 26th November 2009

The Electoral Commission has received several representations about the timing of counts at the forthcoming UK parliamentary general election. The issue has also been discussed at recent meetings between the commission and individual Members of Parliament and with representatives of the BBC. The commission has written to all returning officers asking for information about when they intend to begin counting in the general election. As of 13 November 2009, it had received responses from 429 out of 650 constituencies, of which 225 will begin their count on polling day and 48 the day after. Some 156 were undecided. Details of responses received by constituency are available on the commission's website.

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