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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Tower Hamlets - Mayor election

News   •   Oct 19, 2010 12:32 BST

The voting process has already begun for Tower Hamlets’ Mayoral election as the postal votes have started to flood in to the town hall.

The borough is expecting a large turnout after the overwhelming response by the electorate at the last election in May, which saw large numbers of local people choosing to vote by post.

There is a lot of security to the counting system with every postal ballot paper is scanned to ensure the signature and date of birth match the registered signature and date of birth.

All postal votes – whether sent to the Town Hall, or dropped in to the Polling Station on Thursday, are treated in exactly the same way and go through the same rigorous checks.

The count will be held in York Hall in Bethnal Green. It is not open to the public but the Candidates and scrutineers will attend.

Kevan Collins, Returning Officer for the Mayoral Election said: “It’s great to see voters embracing the postal vote system. Through having this system we ensure that all those who are unable to get to the polling stations are still able to have their say on who is going to be Mayor.”

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the election call the electoral services office on 020 7364 0872 or email

There is also detailed information about the election at

picture – postal vote opening session at the Town Hall.


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