There was a statutory safety systems test at Ally Pally early this morning, as a consequence of which there was a temporary power cut for 16minutes at 7.52am. This in turn meant that the electronic counting system had to be rebooted.
During the down time the contingency plan was brought into action and ballot papers, which would normally be done at a later point of the schedule were organised which means the result should be delivered on time as planned.
We have all worked together to ensure minimum impact to the schedule due to the brief interruption earlier this morning. The cause of the power cut is being investigated.