Mistake mars UK debut of electronic vote

Mistake mars UK debut of electronic vote
Roy Rubenstein The first ever use of electronic voting in a British Parliament ended in confusion when former Euro-MP Winnie Ewing voted accidentally the wrong way on the opening day of the Scottish Parliament. Ewing pressed the wrong button while trying to vote for her party leader Alex Salmond to be First Minister. She was allowed to vote again. Earlier the new Presiding Officer Sir David Steel criticised the system after a row over the timing of the vote on the First Minister. Steel said that the MSPs should vote for their candidate of choice after each of the four contenders had spoken. But Salmond suggested the vote should be taken after all had spoken. “I’m sorry for reasons connected with the electronics we are limited by what we are able to do,” said Steel. After interventions the vote was taken after all the speeches and Donald Dewar was duly elected.


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