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John Swinney fears postal vote problems could affect election results in Scotland

SNP leader John Swinney has warned that closely-fought election contests could be affected because some voters have have not received their postal votes.

The first minister said that he was “very concerned” that tight contests could hinge on voters who had been “disenfranchised” by the problems.

He said the issue showed he was correct to raise concerns over the 4 July timing of the election when Scottish school holidays have begun and many voters are away.

 

The first minister said an estimated 25% of people in Scotland would vote by post and that he believed there would be a high number of “very close contests”.

The Electoral Management Board for Scotland warned on Thursday that there had been “many difficulties experienced with the delivery of postal votes”.

A number of Scottish councils confirmed delays in ballots being received by voters, including Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian.

The first minister was speaking ahead of the SNP launching its “battle bus” during the final week of campaigning for parties.

Elsewhere in Scotland on Friday, the deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner attended a rally for Labour’s New Deal for Working People in Hamilton.

She said her party can offer “hope and optimism” to Scots, and claimed Scotland would be at “the heart” of a Labour government.

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Alex Cole-Hamilton is in New Sefton to highlight the extent of sewage dumping in Scotland, while Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross is campaigning in Peterhead

SNP leader John Swinney fears postal vote problems could affect election results – BBC News

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