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ELECTION NIGHT WINS POLL

10-02-2010

The traditional election night count has been saved after ministerial intervention - frustrating plans by both Birmingham and Wolverhampton Councils to delay it to the morning after.

An amendment to the Constitutional Reform Bill, ordering counts to begin within four hours of the polls closing, won cross-party support in the Commons last night.

Ironically, it might not become law before polling day, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw has indicated that he’ll use parliamentary support for the move to lean on returning officers to deliver “instant results”.

Local councils had started moving towards a morning after count, which saved on the cost of employing staff through the night.

The complexities of checking postal votes has added to the delays, but now MPs have spoken – and it seems that Election 2010 will now prove as dramatic as ever.

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