Police are assessing allegations that agents for the pro-union campaign breached election law by “taking tallies” of postal ballots in the weeks before the Scottish independence referendum poll. A complaint was made to the Electoral Commission following comments made by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson after the polls closed last Thursday. She said Better Together campaigners were “incredibly encouraged” by what they had seen at sample postal ballot openings. Ms Davidson said: “We’ve had people at every sample opening around the country over the last few weeks while that’s been coming in. We’ve been incredibly encouraged by the results from that.
“Different local authorities have had openings around the country. “It is illegal to discuss any of that while any ballot is ongoing, so until 10 o’clock tonight no-one could talk about it. “But there’s people in the room that have been sampling those ballot boxes as they’ve been opened, and they’ve been taking tallies and their reports have been very positive for us.” Postal ballot openings are held to verify that the ballots are genuine and that the signature and date of birth given along with the ballots match official records.
The Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 states that ballots must be kept face down during the process and precautions must be taken to prevent anyone from seeing the votes made. Ruth Davidson admitted LIVE on TV votes were seen, so it gave the Pro-Unionist’s the know how where to attack and scare. BANG! Got them!
Agents for the campaigns are allowed to attend but are bound by the act not to “attempt to ascertain at the proceedings in connection with the receipt of the ballot papers the outcome for which any vote is given in any particular ballot paper or communicate any information with respect thereto obtained at those proceedings.” A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission confirmed that it had received a complaint about the matter. The body has no remit to investigate breaches of electoral law and police were subsequently made aware.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said complaints were being assessed.
I ask EVERYONE to send everything they think suspicious to the police, big or small. They are onto ‘something’, I got this Article and sent it to Police
I was one to complain regarding this by Ruth Davidson from the Tory Party.
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