Many British expats unable to vote due to 'broken system

Published:  12 May at 6 PM
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‘There have been many complaints from across the world by British expats as they were unable to vote in last week’s UK General Election.

Many British living abroad received their postal vote papers too late in order for them to return their votes in time for them to be counted.

David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is now serving his second term in Downing Street having won 331 seats, exceeding the necessary 323 seats needed to secure a majority government.

The vast majority of complaints regarding delayed postal votes have come from British expats currently living in the Middle East, however there were also Britons living in Europe who experienced the same problems regrading late ballot papers.

Brian Cave, a British expat blogger, said that there was accumulating prima facie evidence that many UK citizens abroad had not received the ballot papers necessary before the election which was held on the 7th May therefore they were not able to vote.

Some 113,742 UK citizens are registered to vote either via a proxy or by a postal vote. The number of these expats who did not vote, or did not receive their ballot papers in time is still not known.
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