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 Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 9:30, 29 January 2015

As usual, my hon. Friend raises an important question. He represents an area that has a strong reputation for delivering an efficient and timely count. In the end, it is for the returning officer to consider this matter carefully and to decide whether starting the count within four hours can be done. If it is decided in advance that that cannot be done, the matter should be discussed with local politicians and broadcasters and a statement should be issued, as was done by 45 constituencies in the 2010 general election.