14th May, 2021

Investigation launched as number of postal voters yet to receive ballots

Rob George 4th May, 2021

COUNCIL chiefs have issued an urgent plea for those whose who have requested a postal vote for Thursday’s elections and who have not yet received their papers to get in touch.

The City Council has become aware a number of people across the city have not received their postal voting papers, despite having requested them for the May 6 polls. An investigation is underway to establish how many people have been affected and why this issue has arisen.

Guildhall bosses became aware of the issue after being contacted by several candidates who had been told by residents in their areas that ballot papers had not arrived.

Elections for members of Worcestershire County Council and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner are taking place across the city.

In the following 12 of the city’s 15 wards there are also polls for members of Worcester City Council: Arboretum; Battenhall; Bedwardine; Cathedral; Claines; Gorse Hill; Nunnery; Rainbow Hill; St Clement; St John; St Stephen; and Warndon.

Shane Flynn, returning officer for Worcester, said: “I would like to apologise to any residents who have requested a postal vote and have not received their ballot papers.

“Our priority is to make sure residents don’t miss out on their democratic right, so we want to hear from you as soon as possible and make arrangements to get your voting papers to you.

“We will work to establish the cause of this issue and how widespread it is, but our immediate priority is to make sure that people can vote in Thursday’s election.”

E-mail electoralservices@worcester.gov.uk or call 01905 722022 for more.

 

 

 

 

 

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