The decision to resign came amid an ugly row over SNP membership numbers which was sparked by a bitter battle now taking place to replace Ms Sturgeon as both SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister.
That job meant Mr Murrell was one of the most influential figures in Scottish politics, despite having never been an elected politician.
If it just goes ahead any result would be completely discredited.
Murrell, who has run the party administration since 1999, is the husband of the party's outgoing leader, Nicola Sturgeon, who announced on Feb.
Responsibility for the SNP’s responses to media queries about our membership number lies with me as chief executive,
The ballot needs to be rerun,
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