Two recounts and she still got elected
The Labour Party then takes Court action to overturn the result?
Sounds pretty damn dodgey to me, wether you like the BNP or not is irrelevant. Manipulation of the democratic process is un-acceptable.
It seems that yet again attempts are being made to pervert democracy.
Remember the "Banana Republic" comments by a Judge no that long ago?
If democratically elected then the BNP candidate has every right to take her seat wether we like it or not, Labour feel they can contest it in Court simply beause a lot of people view the BNP as un-savoury and think they will get public support for it.
As far as I can see, the locals are perfectly entitled to elect anybody they choose, its called democracy.....
I would find it incredible. I was present for one count, and there are numerous safeguards in place to prevent fraud in the count. In addition to that , there are invariably agents of the candidate watching the counters and 'telling' off on the voting slips. Certainly the BNP candidate I saw was doing that.
However, the problem here, seems to be that there was accidental double counting. The manner in which the ballots had to be counted in this ward (2 votes per paper) meant there was some confusion allegedly.
The vote in Kingstanding was close , so there will be further investigation as a result of the petition.