Stoke-on-Trent to reform its electoral process

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to reform its electoral process after a series of issues with the management of the May elections.

A report produced by the Association of Electoral Administrators found that all postal votes had to be reissued before the election due to an error.

Additionally, a large number of students were appointed as counting assistants just a few days before polling day due to staff absences.

The report claimed that election results were not affected by these problems, but that administration issues needed to be addressed. This has led to a series of measures to improve the management of elections, including new staffing structures and a project board to oversee future elections.

Fiona Ledden, the council's assistant director for governance, said: “There were a number of factors that contributed to that, and to all residents, candidates, agents and anyone else who may have been impacted by this, we sincerely apologise.”

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