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WATCH: Returning office Denise Whitworth pays tribute to Elgin Town Hall election staff


By Chris Saunderson

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ELECTION staff are the engine room of any General Election process.

Boxes of votes are tipped out for verification.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Boxes of votes are tipped out for verification.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Without them, there would be no result, and while there is an increasing level of digitisation in general elections, the human touch is still very much needed.

Awaiting counted votes.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Awaiting counted votes.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The process in Elgin Town Hall, the venue for counting in the new Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey constituency, is well underway.

Empty boxes at the count.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Empty boxes at the count.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Across 59 polling stations and the main count in Elgin Town Hall, there are more than 260 staff involved, whether it is running the voting process at polling stations, delivering ballot boxes to the town hall and then verifying and counting the votes cast.

Denise Whitworth, the returning officer, paid tribute to their hard work.

Denise Whitworth.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Denise Whitworth.Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey Election Count at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Watch the interview with Denise below.

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