Williams v Patrick and others

Elections – Local government. The petitioner, an independent candidate at a local government election, brought the election petition, under s 127 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, to challenge the validity of the election. The Election Court, in dismissing the petition, held that, as a matter of law, r 45(3A) of the Parliamentary Election Rules contained in Sch 1 to the Act applied only to parliamentary election counts and did not apply to local government election counts. Further, the Returning Officer had not been guilty of any act, omission or breach of duty in relation to the election and the first respondents had been duly elected.

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