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Complainant Name:
Electoral Reform Services

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Electoral Reform Services complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Lewis Silkin solicitors of London that an article about the Alternative Vote campaign contained inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the organisation in the newspaper, and the publication of the text on the newspaper's website at the foot of the original article:

In the run-up to the AV referendum, Chancellor George Osborne alleged that Electoral Reform Services Ltd (ERSL), the business arm of the Electoral Reform Society, could have benefitted from the introduction of AV because it might have been one of the providers of electronic voting machines (Mail).

Mr Osborne was wrong: the introduction of AV would not have required any additional voting machines and even if it had, ERSL would have gained no financial benefit because it doesn't manufacture or supply such machines.

Our services to local authorities are limited to the printing and mailing of ballot material and the provision of software for the management of electoral registers.

Date Published: 29/06/2011

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