Laura Sharman 05 May 2016

Voters turned away from polling stations in Barnet

The local elections in Barnet have been branded a ‘shambles’, after the council sent out the wrong electoral lists to polling stations.

The error meant that people who did not have their polling card with them were unable to vote. Frustrated voters have since taking to social media to vent their anger, and even Havering took the opportunity to draw attention to the council’s gaffe:

The council said it was aware of the problem and was working to get updated electoral registration lists sent to all polling stations.

A statement said: ‘We are advising residents to bring their polling cards. If people were unable to vote this morning they are being advised to return if possible later before the stations close at 10pm. We apologise for the problems.’

Elections are taking place for 124 councils today.

Update: The council has confirmed the updated electoral registers are now in place and people can vote as normal.

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