ELECTION 2015: Count underway in Selby and Ainsty

The count has begun
The count has begun

The Selby and Ainsty election count has now started in earnest, more than two and a half hours after it was due to begin.

According to acting returning officer and Selby District Council chief executive Mary Weastell, the delay is due to an extraordinarily high turnout.

11,749 voted by post this year (86.5 per cent), 1,000 of them delivered to polling stations on May 7.

At the last general election the turnout was 51,728 (71.1 per cent). The overall turnout for 2015 has not yet been revealed.

The delay will also put the results of the count back by some time, as ballot boxes were still being verified as late as 3.45am.

In 2010, 76,592 people in Selby and Ainsty were registered to vote.

Two of the candidates are not yet present at the count, but Conservative candidate Nigel Adams arrived at 3am.

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