General Election Count

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 29 January 2015.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 9:30, 29 January 2015

It is really important that the number of ballot papers issued is reconciled with the number of ballot papers received before counting takes place. In constituencies where there are also local elections at district, borough, town and parish council levels on the same day as the general election, the four-hour time limit is going to put huge pressure even on the very best electoral returning officers. Where local candidates and agents are in agreement with a more relaxed time frame, should they not be allowed to proceed on that basis?