SNP disappointment at Glasgow's lost ballots

SNP MSP James Dornan is calling on Glasgow City Council to recount ballots as soon as possible after it emerged 380 ballots for the Langside Ward were overlooked.

Mr Dornan, who was an election agent for the Langside ward, said it was “extremely disappointing” that ballots which were scanned were not included in the count and demanded an immediate explanation from Glasgow City Council.

Mr Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart which includes the Langside ward, said:

“Glasgow City Council cannot delay – officials must arrange a recount immediately for the sake of the affected council candidates and the reputation of the competence of the council.

“I understand they need to go to court to get permission but Glasgow must make every effort to get a fresh and accurate result as soon as possible to ensure people have confidence in the election.

“It is extremely disappointing this has been allowed to happen and the worry is this may not be an isolated incident.

“It seems ballots were scanned but not included in the count, despite the machines being set up to prevent this. Glasgow must explain how that was allowed to happen. Did someone override the machine?

“City council chiefs must give the people of this city guarantees that Glasgow will review its procedures to ensure this hasn’t happened elsewhere.

“This ward must be recounted before the first meeting of the full council – which is set to take place next Thursday.”