New committee to stop repeat of Bristol election errors

Bristol city councillors have voted in favour of setting up a new committee to try to stop a repeat of the errors in the run up to this year's elections.

The council was heavily criticised in a report this month which analysed problems in the run-up to the general and local elections in the city.

One of the problems was ballot papers being found in the wrong box.

The new elections committee will oversee the implementation of 36 recommendations made in the report.

Communication failure and human error were among the faults identified in the report, which was commissioned by the local authority to examine the whole procedure with the aim of improving it.

One of the major issues was thousands of postal voters in Bristol West receiving papers meant for Bristol East.

Recommendations included strengthening the monitoring of poll card and postal vote printing and delivery.

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