Small army of volunteers supported the election in Wealden

Helping hand - George Stevenson, Max Bowman, Thomasina Williams and George Ingledew.
Helping hand - George Stevenson, Max Bowman, Thomasina Williams and George Ingledew.

Around 400 volunteers helped with the general election and local council elections in Wealden.

The small army of helpers supported the district council’s staff at the counts on Thursday and Saturday.

Charles Lant, Wealden District Council’s chief executive and returning officer paid tribute to their immense efforts.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped with the elections. 

“The turnout for the general election was just shy of 72 per cent.

“With district and parish elections taking place at the same time, it helped guarantee a record turnout for those elections as well.

“Given the expected size of the democratic task, we issued a general call to arms to the Wealden Community for assistance.

“It needed around 700 staff to run the polling stations and count all the votes on the Thursday night and Saturday.

“We only have 320 at Wealden District Council and all services needed to remain running over the period.

“We asked for help – and we got it. We had volunteers from all walks of life.”

Mr Lant said the elections became ‘Wealden community events’ with polling station staff working flat out for 15 hours solid to make sure everyone could cast their vote.

He continued: “The counts were hectic but the Parliamentary candidates and those standing for district and parish seats told me how impressed they were with the skill, dedication and stamina of the counting assistants.

“My thanks go to them, to the candidates and agents who stayed the course through some pretty lengthy and complex counting exercises.”

The Wealden constituency went to Conservative parliamentary candidate Nus Ghani.

The count took place at the East Sussex National Golf Resort in Little Horsted on Friday morning (May 8).

Nus won with 32,508 votes which was more than her predecessor Charles Hendry who got 31,090. The Conservatives swept to victory on Wealden District Council too.

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