Bradford Council election count to be held day after polls

Ballots being checked at a previous Bradford Council election count

Ballots being checked at a previous Bradford Council election count

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

Two of Bradford’s political groups have spoken of their disappointment that this year’s election count will not be held overnight.

The district goes to the polls on Thursday, May 22, but the count will begin the day after – a change to the traditional overnight counts.

The decision when to hold the count is made by Bradford Council’s chief executive Tony Reeves as returning officer.

But neither the Council’s Conservative group nor its Liberal Democrat group are fans of the arrangement.

Councillor Glen Miller, Conservative leader, said a next-day count “just drags it out”.

He said: “My view is, get the count done as soon as the poll is finished. Let’s start counting then.”

Coun Miller said if polling finished at 8pm rather than 10pm, an overnight count could begin earlier.

And Coun Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said a next-day count was unfair on party activists who would now have to take the Friday off work.

She said: “I have always felt it should be counted on the day. The reason for that is activists have worked hard and they have taken time off work.

“Now they are expected to take another day off work.”

This year, the local elections coincide with the European elections and Coun Imran Hussain (Lab), deputy leader of the Council, said this was why the count was not being held overnight. He said: “Ideally I would want to see the count carried out overnight and the results announced as soon as is possible. But both the local and the European ballot papers have to be validated before the local election count can begin.

“Council officers have advised that this could take up to six hours.”

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6:22pm Mon 28 Apr 14

G_Firth says...

No notification has been given to candidates over this
No notification has been given to candidates over this G_Firth
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8:52pm Mon 28 Apr 14

johnhem says...

this is Bradford council..... they have been working without having a clue for years g_firth, so not a problem to them. business as usual, nowt getting done.
this is Bradford council..... they have been working without having a clue for years g_firth, so not a problem to them. business as usual, nowt getting done. johnhem
  • Score: -1

9:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Whereabouts in Islamabad was that pic taken ?
Whereabouts in Islamabad was that pic taken ? The Hoffster
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10:50am Tue 29 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

A step backwards I believe: welcome to the world of bradcouncil: only
Make sense to a few!

Stick to overnight counts as that way the results are usually in the papers
By the morning.

Also if the count is delayed I suggest that each postal vote is checked with the voter to ensure he/she did vote for the respective party as George Galloway has mentioned that there maybe some fraud going on with the election process.

Also why don't bradders have a question and answer session where all
Candidates and parties are able to respond to questions etc. This would help the voters who vote blindly to better understand policy and focus of each candidate.....it'll help the locals make a better informed decision for whom to vote!
A step backwards I believe: welcome to the world of bradcouncil: only Make sense to a few! Stick to overnight counts as that way the results are usually in the papers By the morning. Also if the count is delayed I suggest that each postal vote is checked with the voter to ensure he/she did vote for the respective party as George Galloway has mentioned that there maybe some fraud going on with the election process. Also why don't bradders have a question and answer session where all Candidates and parties are able to respond to questions etc. This would help the voters who vote blindly to better understand policy and focus of each candidate.....it'll help the locals make a better informed decision for whom to vote! Not so simple
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Fri 23 May 14

Rumb7e says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Whereabouts in Islamabad was that pic taken ?
The most notable Richard Dunn's, House No.10,St.30,Sector F-7/1, Islamabad - highly recommend it.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Whereabouts in Islamabad was that pic taken ?[/p][/quote]The most notable Richard Dunn's, House No.10,St.30,Sector F-7/1, Islamabad - highly recommend it. Rumb7e
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