I have been sent this information about the fiaso which is the counting of votes using electronic means in Breckland. To describe it as catastrophically bad is an understatement. This needs as wide a coverage as possible.
"You may be aware of the fiasco in Breckland regarding the counting of votes, the whole process has now been abandoned until Tuesday when it is hoped all votes will be counted manually, not electronically.
Some seats have been declared, e.g. Dereham Central and Dereham Humbletoft, I think the results speak for themselves -
Dereham - Humbletoft - DISTRICT - Turnout was 13.9% yet for the Town it was 31% ! The result was declared that Labour lost the Dereham Humbletoft seat, however after raising this turnout issue for the varying turnout for the same seat with the town and district, it was discovered that a large number of votes for the District seat HAD NOT been counted!!!!
It was then admitted that an error had been made but the result still stood after the other votes had been counted.
Also look at Dereham Central - DISTRICT - Turnout 32%Dereham Central - TOWN - Turnout 15%These are DECLARED results but there is clearly something wrong with them.
The whole process today has been a complete shambles, candidates arrived at 9am to await the results and they waited all day, and then at 8.30pm the returning offer - after consulting with agents, agreed that a manual recount was the best option but staff were too tired and it wasnt fair to keep them for many more hours and also accuracy of the counting would become an issue.
At this time, around 20 of the 54 seats had been declared, but even some of the delcared ones are contentious.This has not been a good day for democracy in Thetford!
The count will continue on Tuesday, hopefully with a recount of the results declared so far - this decision is up to the returning office."
I think that says it all.