EAST Devon District Council has apologised that some residents have not received their polling cards ahead of the general election.

The council said the reason 'many residents' had not been sent their cards was due to 'an error made by an external printing contractor.'

Polling cards were sent out to affected residents by first class post on Monday, July 1, in hopes to rectify the situation.

The council affirmed that the contractor has apologised for the mistake.

In a statement, a spokesperson added: "The council would like to say sorry for any inconvenience caused by this error.

"EDDC is doing all it can to make sure that voters across East Devon can have their say in the General Election on Thursday, July 4.

"We want to remind people that they do not need to bring a polling card with them to vote, but will need a valid form of official photo ID."