The person overseeing Carlisle United supporters' trust elections said he received "numerous complaints" about candidates' behaviour.

Neil le Milliere, who acted as independent chair and returning officer for the CUOSC elections, said he went on to issue a warning to all candidates.

The revelation came in le Milliere's report on the trust elections, which has been published after the CUOSC annual general meeting.

The elections saw five members of the new Unita Fortior group elected to the trust board, along with existing board member Billy Atkinson.

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Long-serving Norman Steel was voted off while another candidate, Gerard Gornall, also failed to attract enough votes.

The influx of individuals from UF came weeks after a war of words between the new group and some senior CUOSC figures.

UF had previously described the trust as "stagnating" and "stale", while trust board member Nigel Davidson branded the new group a "trojan horse".

Le Milliere did not shed light on which of the eight candidates for six positions had been the subject of complaints, or the sources of the complaints.

In his report, though, he wrote: "It is with much regret that I have to say the running of this election was very difficult with numerous complaints about many of the candidates’ behaviour during the election.

"Having considered all the complaints I took the decision to warn all candidates about their behaviour and request that going forward they would all adhere to the Election Policy as published on your [CUOSC's] website."

The five UF candidates all attracted the most votes with Dan MacLennan, Matt Spooner, Chris Armstrong, Dave Noble and Kieron Bulman all elected.

Atkinson, the trust's representative on United's Holdings board, was also re-elected in sixth place in the voting.

Le Milliere, meanwhile, said he confirmed that he considered the election "democratically valid" but added: "I recommend that future elections are run in accordance with your election policy and an Election Management Group is established in plenty of time to administer the whole process to include an independent person as chair from the outset.

"There are various actions that need to be taken to ensure future elections are run in a manner that complies with your election policy, but the election policy itself also needs reviewing to comply with best practice."

Le Milliere, from the Exeter City Trust, confirmed that 190 valid votes were cast from a trust membership of 585, representing a 32.48 per cent turnout.

His full report is available via CUOSC's official report on their AGM HERE