A NAME was randomly drawn out of a box to decide who won a seat on Birchwood Town Council after a tie in votes.

The parish council results were declared at Birchwood Community Hub today, Sunday.

In the election for seats on Birchwood Town Council, in the Gorse Covert ward, the turnout was 38.48 per cent.

Nigel James Reeves, Labour, was elected after winning 375 votes – along with Ian Atkin, independent, who secured 324 votes.

Michael Evans, Labour, and Nigel Balding, Conservative, both secured 280 votes.

But Michael Evans was elected via ‘drawn lot’. This came after two pieces of paper with the names of the candidates tied on votes were put into a box – with one of the names then drawn randomly from the box.


Here are the full results in the election for seats on Birchwood Town Council, in the Gorse Covert ward:

Ian Atkin, independent - 324 votes (elected)

Nigel Balding, Conservative - 280 votes

Cheyvonne Caroline Bower, Labour - 259 votes

Michael Evans, Labour - 280 votes (elected - via drawn lot)

Nigel James Reeves, Labour Party - 375 votes (elected)