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Apologies for election shambles.

THE Electoral Commission has admitted the last Assembly election was "somewhat overshadowed" by the disqualification of two Liberal Democrat Assembly Members.

The commission was forced to apologise for linking to inaccurate information on the Welsh version of its website, which stated the bodies a candidate must not belong to.

Kay Jenkins, head of the Electoral Commission's office in Wales, admitted the issue had caused concern and also acknowledged the controversy which followed the decision to count votes in North Wales the day after the election and not overnight.

The Lib Dem group was thrown into turmoil in the days after the May 5 election when it emerged regional list members John Dixon and Aled Roberts were ineligible to stand because of offices they held.

Eventually, Mr Roberts was allowed to take up his role as an AM but Mr Dixon was not.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 20, 2011
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