How To Lose An Election In Plain Language


Experts predicted trouble but politicians pressed on regardless. Many voters misread the instructions on the ballot papers. Some voters completed the ballot papers as they had in previous elections. A total of 147,000 ballot papers (4%) were spoilt and rejected. In some constituencies this resulted in a majority for some political parties.

The governing party was defeated by a single seat. The 4% of destroyed ballot papers could have led to a different result in the election.

Source: Oxford guide to plain English by Martin Cutts, Oxford University Press  

By Michele van Eck. Michele has a BComm in business management and law, as well as an LLB and an LLM. With specialised qualifications in corporate and contractual law, Michele writes for De Rebus and has co-authored articles for TSAR.

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