Scottish Local Elections
Sonya Anderson, head of elections for DRS which implemented the automated counting system, said there was a problem with the “consolidation” of the votes.
She said: “As we scan the ballot papers we are capturing the votes and recording the fact we are capturing those votes.
“Once we have recorded all those votes we need to use a calculation to pull those results together and produce the results the returning officer is going to declare from.
“That process is taking longer than anticipated in some of the centres and some returning officers have decided because of the long wait that the staff and the candidates are experiencing that they are going to ask staff and candidates to go home while we resolve the issue.”