Next day election count attacked

ONLY two of Norfolk's nine constituencies will definitely follow the traditional night time counting of general election votes this year, with critics claiming it will ruin the television tension of election night and increase the danger of fraud.

ONLY two of Norfolk's nine constituencies will definitely follow the traditional night time counting of general election votes this year, with critics claiming it will ruin the television tension of election night and increase the danger of fraud.

The county will be left trailing the rest of the country informing the public who their new MPs will be - a fact labelled “outrageous” by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

Next day counting is expected to be common at this year's poll, with around a third of local authorities predicted to count on Friday morning rather than Thursday night, but the picture in Norfolk appears to be worse than any other part of the country.

Only North Norfolk and Norwich South have guaranteed counts on the night, with Great Yarmouth doing the same as long as the general election does not coincide with the local government elections of May 6.

The other six Norfolk seats will hold next day counts.