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A number of Conservative members have been issued more than one ballot paper as they prepare to vote for the next prime minister.
Members are soon to cast their ballots for either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt to become the next party leader. However an estimated 1,000 people have received multiple postal ballots.
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Tory voters have been warned that they will be expelled from the party should they vote twice, BBC News reports.
In some cases, members received multiple ballot papers after joining Conservative constituencies in their place of work as well as residence.
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Those who have changed their name are also thought to be affected.
However there have also been instances which saw members sent multiple papers to the same address.
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Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, who is also chairman of Mr Johnson's campaign, told BBC's Today programme: "Obviously there is an issue here, I accept that.
"In all elections there are issues about this, where people are registered separately, and in the ballot papers it's quite clear; that you are not to vote more than once."
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"But it's clear that the Conservative Party needs to continue to do some work and look into how they can actually sift this properly so that they recognise who is who."
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Sir Patrick McLoughlin, who is chairing Mr Hunt's campaign, admitted he has received two ballot papers as he is on two separate registers.
He told BBC's Today programme: "I get two ballot papers in elections because I am on two different sets of electoral registers, it doesn't mean that I vote twice, I don't."
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He added: "It's right there on the ballot paper saying you must only vote on one occasion and I expect people to do that."
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There are an estimated 180,000 Conservative members across the country.
The vote for the next leader and prime minister will close on Monday 22 July with the results announced the next day.
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Theresa May will host her final Prime Minister's Questions on 24 July before handing over to her successor that afternoon.
The Conservative Party said: "The ballot holds clear instructions that members voting more than once will be expelled."
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