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article imageUK election in shambles as voters are denied right to vote

By Leo Reyes     May 7, 2010 in Politics
British voters are angry over the government's failure to anticipate a high voters turnout in the recent elections in UK as thousands of people were thrown out of polling stations as the 10 p.m. deadline ended
Thousands of people in the United Kingdom were unable to exercise their right of suffrage as police throw out voters from polling stations after the 10 p.m. deadline.
The UK election fiasco is being compared by some critics with election in a third world country like the Philippines where election counting machines failed to function due to technical glitches in the country's first automated election on Monday, May 10.
In the case of the UK elections, it turned out from initial investigations that voters turnout was heavy with some polling stations reporting up to 80% voters turnout.
The UK Election Commission is launching an urgent inquiry into the election fiasco which is being compared by some politicians as one similar to an election exercise in a third world country.
Some human rights lawyers are asking government to compensate voters who were denied their rights to vote in the election.
Speaking today, leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC said that people denied the right to vote could take legal action.
'These people have a right to sue,' he said. 'They will get at least £750 in my view. Under the European Convention you have a right to vote.
'They were terribly disappointed, they should all sue and get money from the election commission, which seems to have incompetently overseen it.'
Prime Minister Gordon Brown expressed concern at the reports of queues up to two hours long with people being turned away from voting at 10pm in the face of high turnouts and low staff numbers at polling stations.
In Manchester, around 200 people were turned away after queuing for more than two hours. Some polling stations were reported to be out of election forms due to heavy turnout of voters.
Mail Online's Leo Mckinstry says:
Given the extent of the debacle, it is inevitable that there will be legal challenges to individual constituency results. This will make the overall national result even more uncertain at the very moment, amidst the current global financial crisis, that Britain needs decisive political leadership.
Referring to administration failure in the election exercise, "After 13 years of government, the shambles at the close of polls last night was almost incredible". he added.
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