THOUSANDS of General Election ballot papers for the Torridge and West Devon constituency had to be re-printed when a spelling mistake was discovered. Torridge District Council solicitor Ken Miles said: The council operates a system of checks and double c

THOUSANDS of General Election ballot papers for the Torridge and West Devon constituency had to be re-printed when a spelling mistake was discovered.

Torridge District Council solicitor Ken Miles said: "The council operates a system of checks and double checks and in this case, during one of the checks made by the staff, it was noticed that a name had been miss-spelt on the first batch of ballot papers received by the council. The ballot papers were re-printed immediately and none of the incorrect papers were issued. The incorrect papers will be destroyed.

"This error did not delay the issue of postal vote packs to over 12,000 electors who had requested a postal vote, the vast majority of which were posted on Friday and Saturday..