Polling stations have only been open for a couple of hours and UKIP are already crying foul.
Following hot on the heels of a row over an election guide on how to vote, which apparently had a Tory-bias, this row revolves around real ballot papers. The party has sent out a frantic press release reporting that it has been “inundated with calls from voters complaining that UKIP is not on the ballot paper.”
“Voting has only been going on for three hours and already hundreds are calling the UK Independence Party to complain that they were not able to vote for the party.
“UKIP has already contacted both the Electoral Commission and the Returning Officers on this matter.
“But it is important that the news gets out: that voters must make sure they completely unfold the ballot paper. And that Returning Officers and electoral officials must stop folding the ballot papers.
“The problem is that Returning Officers have been folding the ballot papers. They have been folding them so that the last two, three or four parties in alphabetical order are hidden when the first fold of the paper is opened. It thus appears that UKIP is not on the ballot paper.
“UKIP is collecting the names and addresses of those complaining and will be preparing the grounds for a legal challenge to the election result.
“We have had reports from Carlisle, from York, from Hampshire, Dartford and other places, showing that the problem is nationwide, not just an isolated incident.”