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Returning officer rues counting error

Votes overlooked in Ayre and Michael

The returning officer behind a counting blunder in last month's general election says there are improvements to be made to the system.

Over 100 votes went uncounted in the constituency of Ayre & Michael on 23 September - an error which made no difference to the eventual result.

A later investigation by the Attorney General blamed 'human error' for the mix-up, and no action was taken against man in charge Simon Cain. 

Mr Cain says he 'takes full responsibility' for the incident - but identifies some 'lessons to be learned'.

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