Electoral Commission gets nomination paperwork wrong – UPDATED

Via Andrew Kennedy comes this warning from a Returning Officer:

Nomination papers error

Oops.

UPDATE: Or rather, not quite oops. Here’s the official response from the Electoral Commission.

There is no requirement in law for the consent to include a date alongside the witness signature. The form is prescribed in law and the form provided in the election rules does not include an option for the witness to date their signature. However, the prescribed form, just like the form we have produced, clearly asks the witness to state that the candidate has signed the form in their presence. This is accomplished by the witness signing the form. The signature and details of the witness are sufficient for the consent to meet the legal requirements.

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