Laura Sharman 12 June 2017

Council apologises after incorrect voting count

Plymouth City Council has apologised after discovering the votes for the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency were incorrect.

The council said the 6,587 votes for the Efford and Lipson area were not included in the final declaration for the constituency. It said that the error did not affect the result of the election.

Tracey Lee, the council’s acting returning officer, said: ‘We have full confidence that all votes at the General Election count were counted correctly but unfortunately we have now found that the figure for the final number of votes declared for the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency was not correct.

'This does not affect the result of the election.’

She added: ‘We are very sorry that this error has happened. We are making all paperwork and data available to the Electoral Commission and to candidates and agents to inspect.’

The council was also forced to apologise in the run-up to the election after a computer problem led to over 1,500 people not receiving their postal votes.

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