wo candidates for the UK Independence Party were disqualified as a result of spelling errors on their nomination papers. Peter Cope and Trish Edwards had both made spelling errors when completing the section with the name of their political party. Although Lichfield District council had issued nomination packs well before the election date, both candidates only submitted their forms two hours prior to the deadline.
Mrs Edwards was shocked by the decision to disqualify her as a result of a spelling error, especially as it was clear from the party logo who she was representing. Nina Dawes, electoral registration officer for Lichfield said:
“Peter Cope and Trish Edwards had ample opportunity to submit their papers well before the deadline, and had they done so we could have helped them to correct their mistakes.”
Ms Dawes also said that they had stressed the importance of a timely submission of nomination papers, so that any mistakes could be rectified. The Electoral Commission confirmed that they couldn’t legally accept papers which had the party name spelt incorrectly.
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