UKIP lost an election by filling out a form wrong

Andy Wells

A candidate for Ukip has lost an election by default after they filled out a form incorrectly.

The nominee, standing for Haverhill Town Council, apparently wrote ‘UKIP’ on their form instead of the full ‘UK Independence Party’.

Strict Electoral Commission rules state that the full party name must be written out and the candidate was disqualified as a result, according to Cambridge News.

The Ukip candidate had been hoping to join the Haverhill Town Council line-up (Haverhill Town Council)

Labour’s Liz Smith therefore won the seat by default.

A spokesperson for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “There was a single seat up for election with two people nominated.

“The nomination papers for one of these was determined as invalid. The reason for this was that the information wasn’t completed as it should have been.

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“The description on the nomination paper did not match the one on the certificate of nomination.”

The spokesperson added that they sought advice from the Electoral Commission before the decision was made to disqualify the Ukip candidate.

The resignation of Thomas Chivers from the town council sparked the vote.

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