Final call for evidence to election investigation


Plymouth voters are being reminded that the closing date for evidence to be submitted to the independent investigation into electoral administration problems is 5pm on 30 June.

So far 90 people have answered the call for evidence but Plymouth City Council is keen to encourage anyone who was affected by problems in the lead-up to the General Election on 8 June to make sure they have shared their experience with the investigation.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “I want to make sure that every elector who was affected has the chance to tell the investigation about the issues they encountered. Personal testimony is really valuable and will help the investigators better understand the problems, how and why they happened and help ensure that these problems never happen again.”

People can share their experiences through an online feedback form at www.plymouth.gov.uk/electionreview or by clicking on the homepage banner on the Council website.

Those who need support to access the online feedback form can visit a Plymouth library and staff will help with access. Libraries also offer free WiFi access.

For anyone unable to access the online feedback form or seek support from a library, please call 01752 398959 to book a call-back from a member of staff who will complete the form with them over the phone.

The investigation is being led by Dr Dave Smith, former Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council, and all feedback received is being directly forwarded to him and collectively considered as part of the independent review.

Dr Smith will present the findings and recommendations from his investigation to a meeting of the full Council within the next few months.

The Council is providing all data and information about the administration of the elections process to the investigation. This includes all complaints and contact from members of the public.

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