Headlines: March 30th, 2000

Electronic counting will be used for the first time in the London Mayor and Assembly elections. Minister for London Keith Hill announced the decision following the successful trial count in the West Central constituency at the end of February.Voters will put a cross in a box as usual but will be asked not to fold their ballot papers this time to help speed up the count. The new side-opening ballot boxes will ensure secrecy as ballot papers can remain face down from booth to box.

Electronic voting aims to deliver a speedy and accurate result without compromising the probity and secrecy of the ballot.

The election of the Mayor of London and London Assembly will take place on 4 May 2000. Electors also have an option to vote early in one or two polling stations per borough from Thursday 27 April to Saturday 29 April. Polling stations on early voting days and 4 May will be open from 7.00am to 9.00pm.