Monday, 21 August 2017

Ballot paper counters sought for elections

THE counts for this year?s Henley Town Council and neighbouring parish council elections are likely to be held at the town hall

THE counts for this year?s Henley Town Council and neighbouring parish council elections are likely to be held at the town hall.

The town council has earmarked £6,000 towards election costs and has written to David Buckle, the returning officer for South Oxfordshire, saying it would prefer to host the count than having it in Abingdon with other councils.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy says the cost to the council would be about £2,500, including the hire of 30 tellers for £60 each, hire of the town hall and providing refreshments.

He said: ?The council is keen to hear from any local residents who wish to support the council by acting as counters of ballot papers on Saturday, May 9.?

No experience is needed but volunteers need to be available for three to four hours from 10am. Call Mr Kennedy on (01491) 630074 or email m.kennedy@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk In 2011, the town council criticised Mr Buckle after a ?shambolic? local election count in Thame, which took about 16 hours to complete.

Staff were working after midnight and counting had to be halted so votes in the alternative referendum could be checked and ballot papers in several wards had to be recounted.

Mr Buckle said later that ?lessons have been learnt?.

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