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Gardai to investigate suspected vote fraud

GARDAI are set to launch an investigation into suspected electoral fraud after revelations about voters registered to an empty house.

It came after the Irish Independent reported last week that seven immigrants were registered to vote at the house which had not been lived in for almost three years.

Their names were added to the supplementary voting list in Monaghan just days before the deadline expired -- and the county council did not have the staff to check them.

Monaghan County Council subsequently launched its own investigation and its returning officer Paul Clifford confirmed yesterday he had now referred the issue of late voter registrations to the gardai.

"I have referred a query in relation to the inclusion of applicants to the supplement to the Register of Electors, to An Garda Siochana, to investigate whether offences were committed contrary to the 1992 Electoral Act or the 1995 Electoral Regulations," he said.

It is an offence under the electoral acts for a person to give false information in order to vote.

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