General election 2019: People 'wrongly informed' they can vot


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An IT error has resulted in some of us who are now not registered to vote being “wrongly suggested” they’ll take portion in Thursday’s fashioned election.

The Electoral Price stated a glitch in instrument dilapidated by some councils had ended in a “tiny quantity” of ineligible of us being suggested they’ll vote.

The watchdog stated it used to be working with those councils to manufacture optimistic those affected did now not turn as much as vote in error.

Registration for the election closed on 26 November.

Anybody outmoded 18 or over can take portion in Thursday’s election, so long as they are a British citizen or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. Then all any other time, they get to get registered to vote by last month’s closing date.

The mix-up used to be introduced on by fallacious “settings” on instrument supplied to councils by Electoral Reform Companies and products, which helps flee elections on behalf of native authorities and other organisations.

A spokesman for the company – which used to be sold by IT providers firm Civica Personnel last year – stated this intended some of us who applied to receive on the electoral register after the closing date had wrongly been included on the electoral record.

While its instrument is dilapidated by 245 native authorities in England and Wales, it stated now not all had been affected.

‘Stable portray’

The company stated it had answered quickly and had been eager with person electoral registration officers – who are to blame for managing the native registers – to name those affected.

“The firm’s electoral management instrument arrangement has a extremely solid display screen portray and we take all connected issues very seriously,” it stated.

“Where we’ve identified components, we’re working very carefully with the electoral registration officers to ensure that the accuracy of the electoral register for the parliamentary election.”

The Electoral Price stated it ideal became mindful of the problem on Wednesday morning, now not as much as 24 hours sooner than polls delivery.

“We’re mindful that some native authorities get been impacted by a instrument declare that has resulted in a tiny sequence of of us being wrongly suggested that they’ll vote on 12 December,” it stated in a press unlock.

“The Price has issued guidance for authorities to abet ensure that those folks affected are contacted and given the ideal records. Completely those eligible and as it’ll be registered shall be ready to solid their vote on polling day.”

Polling stations delivery at 07: 00 GMT on Thursday, with voting persevering with except 22: 00 GMT.

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