Where were nitpickers when we needed them?
I RAN as an independent candidate in the recent general election. After the count I rang the office of the returning officer to enquire as to whether I needed to submit my expenses, or other documentation. As I had not been elected and had not even come close to the quota needed to claim back my election expenses, I was told nothing else needed to be done.
Several days later I received two multi-paged documents which did in fact need filling out, detailing all expenses incurred.
These documents needed my signature, which had to be witnessed -- but not just by "any old" witness, it had to be one of the following: a commissioner for oaths, a notary public, a peace commissioner or a practising solicitor.