Sunday, 20 August 2017

Call to hold election counts at Henley town hall

A TOWN councillor has called for district council election counts to be held at Henley town

A TOWN councillor has called for district council election counts to be held at Henley town hall in future.

Councillor Ian Reissmann made the suggestion at a finance strategy committee meeting last Tuesday.

The hall hosted the town town council count on May 9, which councillors said went “extremely smoothly”.

The South Oxfordshire District Council count was held in Abingdon on Friday, May 8 and suffered several delays before finishing at 10pm.

Cllr Reissmann said: “I don’t see any reason why the district council count can’t be held here at the town hall as well, like it was in 2003.”



Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “It was my first town council count in the town hall and the figures were bombproof, even when they had to be recounted. In comparison to the district count it went extremely smoothly.”

Mayor Lorraine Hillier added: “I hope in future we will always have the town elections in the town hall.”

The committee also raised concerns over polling cards after several residents of Reading Road received more than one.

Cllr Gawrysiak said: “There were some voters who received three voter registration cards: one for Harpsden village hall, then one for Gillotts School and then back to Harpsden again.

“Secondly, it was very late in the day that we realised Gillotts would be used as a polling station for both the north and south wards. I think we should have two stations in the north and two in the south and keep it traditional.”



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