Incumbent Senedd Member’s name left off ballot paper
The name of an incumbent Senedd Member has been left off a ballot paper in some parts of the north of Wales after a printing error.
Voters in Arfon and Anglesey have been told at polling stations that Michelle Brown, who was elected to represent UKIP in 2016 but is now standing as an independent, has not included. They are being given the opportunity to vote for her regardless.
Michelle Brown’s name was on the North Wales regional list. Her name was included at polling stations in other parts of the North Wales region.
In a joint statement, the regional returning officer for north Wales, Colin Everett, Gwynedd’s returning officer Dilwyn Williams, and the returning officer for Ynys Mon, Annwen Morgan said: “Due to a local printing error the Senedd North Wales Regional Ballot Papers for the Arfon constituency in Gwynedd and Ynys Mon do not include the final listed candidate – Michelle Brown, Independent.
“Voters are now being advised of this error as they attend their local polling stations, and are still being given the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice from the full list of nominated parties and candidates.
“The correct ballot papers are being issued across the other parts of the North Wales region.
“We are working closely with the Electoral Commission, which is providing us with advice and guidance on how we can support voters in casting their vote.”
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Not a particularly notable sitting member anyway. Nature’s way of telling her that her time is up at Y Senedd – or was it some official with a wicked sense of humour ?
Couldn’t be. Nature is demonstrably democratic. Shame you’re not.
Unfortunately, if this person is not elected she will have a ligitimate claim that the election was unfair. Another election might have to be held. Furthermore if she is indeed elected she has had free publicity and if people are reminded verbally in the polling station of her being a candidate she has an unfair advantage. So this is serious.