Official ‘thrilled and delighted’ by success of Lichfield election count

Nina Dawes reading out the results

Nina Dawes reading out the results

The official in charge of ensuring Lichfield’s election count went off without a hitch admitted she was “thrilled and delighted” by the success of the evening.

Nina Dawes, Acting Returning Officer for the Lichfield constituency was joined by a team of 75 counters as they brought the declaration in some two hours ahead of schedule.

And while Conservative MP Michael Fabricant celebrated his victory, Nina and her team were busy finishing off their jobs and ensuring the papers were all safely stored away.

She told The Lichfield Blog that the count had run smoothly:

The speedy conclusion of the count pleased many of those who had expected to be in for a long night.

But despite the earlier than scheduled declaration shortly after 2pm, Nina explained why corners couldn’t be cut and that accuracy was the key:

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3 Comments

  1. Asellus aquaticus

    9th May, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Well done to Nina and everyone involved in the electoral process here in Lichfield! No liklihood of excessive queues or running out of ballot papers here thank goodness!

    And nice one to Ross and the Blog in putting in these little vox-pop / ‘soundbite’ things. Okay I don’t know what to call them, but they really enhance the items.

  2. Rob Strachan

    10th May, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Nina always does a fantastic job, and the skill which went into this count was clear to see for all who were there. For those of us who feared a long night, with ‘between 4 and 5’ being the time for our predicted declaration, it was a huge relief to be able to declare early. Nina does a fine job, whether it be as returning officer or as her more accustimed role as the District Council’s Chief Executive, and is a real asset to Lichfield. I hope we can keep her here!

  3. Nick Brickett

    12th May, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Nina did a tremendous job on the night, and as Rob states we got out nice and ‘early’ – which was definitely advantageous to Ross as he was full of sickness and barely able to croak his own name!