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Shambles as key by-election is cancelled with under three weeks to go to poll

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A by-election was sensationally scrapped today to widespread political fury.Renfrewshire Council was ordered to stop the poll even after postal votes were sent out and some mailed back.The ballot bombshell will cost thousands of pounds as well as having shredded campaigns of those standing for election.The “unprecedented” blunder was sparked after ousted councillor Paul Mack lodged an appeal against his ban with Scotland’s highest civil tribunal the Court of Session.Somehow Renfrewshire Council were unaware of that - and had earlier ruled there was nothing to stop a new poll.Returning Officer Ken Graham was forced to send a letter of apology to candidates and admitted a by-election would now not happen, even at a later date, in Paisley

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