HC Deb 07 March 1895 vol 31 cc554-5
MR. R. G. WEBSTER (St. Pancras, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the fact that, at the recent London County Council Elections, after the first counting of the votes in North and South St. Pancras and Central Finsbury, recounts were called for, which on each occasion showed a grave divergence from the figures previously arrived at; and whether he proposes to introduce a measure to amend the law in the direction of providing further safeguards for the proper counting of the votes at elections?


I have observed from the reports in the Press that the votes at the election of County Councillors in Central Finsbury were counted twice; but I have no other information on the subject. The difference in the numbers at the two countings does not appear in this instance to have exceeded 16 in the case of any candidate, although nearly 9,000 votes were polled. It appears to me that the possibility of a recount is a sufficient and the only remedy for errors in the previous count.