Monday 27 March 2017

File sent to DPP over alleged election fraud

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

GARDAI have sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions about alleged voting fraud in the local elections in Longford.

It is understood that gardai initiated the investigation after receiving complaints about the addition of names to the supplementary register.

This included claims that fraudulent voters' names were added to the register.

It was also claimed that some people were posted two sets of voting cards -- and that the marked-off register showed that they illegally voted twice.

Last year, the Irish Independent reported on the case of a four-bedroom house in Longford, which was supposedly the dwelling place for eight immigrant voters.

Voters

However, neighbours said that the house had a "for sale" sign on the front and had been empty for months before polling day.

It is not known if those registered to vote at the house actually did so.

The opposition parties have called for a change in the way voting lists are drawn up for elections, saying it is clear the present system of compiling the electoral register through the local authority system is not working.

The Garda Press Office did not respond to queries about whether elected representatives were interviewed as part of the garda investigation.

Irish Independent

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