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Panto dame shocked to receive poll card addressed to Keith Elisabeth Julie Milward

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

By Richard Youle / richard.youle@swwmedia.co.uk / @YoulePost

Keith Milward received quite a surprise on his European election poll card.

Keith Milward received quite a surprise on his European election poll card.

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IF you have received a European election poll card in the post with a surprising name on it, you are not the only one.

A printing fault ahead of the May 22 election has resulted in a "small number" of errors on poll cards reminding postal voters that their voting form is on its way.

Keith Milward had a chuckle when his poll card arrived, addressed to Keith Elisabeth Julie Milward.

Mr Milward does not have any middle names but has had experiences as a woman — on stage at least.

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The 55-year-old has played panto dames before and was also the lead in Melyncrythan Amateur Operatic Society's version of the satire The Producers, in which there is a running gag that Elizabeth was Adolf Hitler's middle name.

"I rang Swansea Council, and apparently a batch had gone out with wrong names, but the fault was with a printer," said Mr Milward, of Killan Road, Dunvant.

The careers adviser joked that if he had voted in the flesh on May 22 rather than by post, he might have taken along some ladies' clothes to the polling booth just to be sure.

"It has given lots of people a good laugh," he said.

A council spokeswoman said people who applied for a European election postal vote received a poll card in the post for information only.

"This poll card merely reminds people that they will be receiving a Postal Vote for the forthcoming election," she said.

"We apologise for a printing error on a small number of cards. This issue doesn't prevent those affected from voting."

She added: "Ballot papers for those who have applied for postal votes are due to go out in the next few days."

UK constituents will vote for 73 MEPs on May 22 who will serve in the European Parliament — the directly-elected body in the European Union. The votes are cast for the party, not the candidate.

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