Election 2015

Election 2015: Missing Hull candidates ballots replaced

Postal vote
Image caption The postal ballot papers were sent out in the constituency of Hull East

Postal ballots with the names of two candidates missing in a Hull constituency have been replaced.

More than 480 papers for the Hull East constituency were sent out without listing Labour's Karl Turner and the Green Party's Sarah Walpole.

Hull City Council apologised and said a printing error had affected people who registered to vote after 1 April.

The authority said it had hand-delivered the new ballot papers to the voters concerned.

A council spokeswoman said: "Robust processes have also been put in place to identify any invalid ballot papers that are returned to ensure that they are replaced by the valid papers, once received."

The council said that a first run of postal ballot papers - sent out to more than 5,450 homes - had been printed successfully with the full list of candidates.

Ian Anderson, the acting returning officer for the general election in Hull, said: "We do apologise that this error occurred, but having quickly identified it we are confident that we have taken every available step to rectify the situation and manage it effectively."

The candidates for Hull East are:

  • Richard Barrett (UKIP)
  • Martin Clayton (Yorkshire First)
  • Mike Cooper (National Front)
  • Val Hoodless (Social Democratic Party)
  • Christine Mackay (Conservative)
  • David Nolan (Liberal Democrats)
  • Karl Turner (Labour)
  • Sarah Walpole (Green)

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