Rude drawing on ballot paper ‘to make people smile’

Reporter:

Ben Goddard

WHAT started off as a rude drawing on an election ballot paper has turned into an international debate.
A resident of Montgomeryshire drew a symbol of a man's private part instead of a cross in the Conservative box during the General Election last week.
Returning officer Jeremy Patterson called a representative from each party over at the Montgomeryshire count and deemed the vote as valid because the drawing was inside the Glyn Davies Conservative box and the symbol contained a cross.
During the election evening a nervous Mr Davies revealed the circumstances regarding the vote on Facebook.
He wrote the voter decided to draw a detailed representation of a man's private part instead of a cross in his box on one ballot paper.
“Amazingly, because it was neatly drawn within the confines of the box the returning officer deemed it a valid vote," said Mr Davies.
"Not sure the artist meant it to count, but I am grateful. If I knew who it was, I would like to thank him or her personally.”
This comment generated interest throughout the world.
Mr Davies said: “It’s just amazing that this has become such a major story all over the world.
“I now know that it would have also been an eligible vote in Canada and Hungary. It was certainly amusing but at the time I was dead pan and didn’t show any expression as it was such a tense situation.”
This week people took to Facebook to comment on the symbol used to vote.
Justin Bernard said: “I know of the person who did it and it was categorically not a protest vote of which the media like to portray it as. The person who did it just wanted to make whoever were counting the votes smile.”
Mr Davies said that a total of 30 ballot papers were highlighted as being “unusual” 

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