A watchdog has criticised the length of time it took to count votes in Northern Ireland during May’s European election. The Electoral Commission has also criticised the way the count was organised and how staff were deployed. The commission said significant work needed to be done to consider the benefits of electronic counting. Electoral commissioner Anna Carragher said lessons need to be learned ahead of next year’s General Election and the next NI Assembly elections in 2016. She leads the independent watchdog that monitors how Northern Ireland’s elections are run.
In its latest report, the commission has found almost nine out of 10 voters were satisfied with their experiences and found that May’s local government and European elections were well run. However, the report questions why the European count took so long.
… In its report, the Electoral Commission has said that electronic counting should be used, but not before the costs and benefits of the new system have been examined.