Glasgow City Council is set to hold a recount for a city ward after it emerged hundreds of votes cast had not been included in the official count. The mistake came to light after the Battlefield Primary ballot box in Langside was registered as having no votes. It is thought that the box contains around 385 votes, which although scanned and registered, were not added to the final tally. The missing votes could be enough to change the overall result for the ward. Glasgow City Council is now seeking court approval to look at the votes and hold a recount.
Susan Aitken, SNP, Archie Graham of Labour and Liam Hainey of the Scottish Green Party were all elected last week. It is understood that the “missing” votes would not affect the result for Councillor Aitken or Councillor Graham. But Councillor Hainey could have his seat taken off of him in the recount.
George Black, the returning officer, met the elected members from Langside on Thursday morning and briefed them on the mistake. He has also written to all the candidates who stood in the ward and his staff have contacted them by telephone.