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IrelandComplaint made to gardaí over alleged electoral fraud in Sligo

19:45  24 may  2019
19:45  24 may  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Sligo County Council said it will assist the gardaí with any enquiries it makes in relation to the investigation.

Fine Gael has made a complaint to gardai over claims of electoral fraud in Co Sligo before Friday’s local and European elections . The alleged fraud centres on the distribution of disabled postal votes.

Complaint made to gardaí over alleged electoral fraud in Sligo © Sam Boal Rollingnews.ie File photo. Voting paper for the divorce referendum.

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL has said it is aware that a formal complaint has been made to gardaí in relation to a number of people on its postal voters list, with an investigation now under way.

In a statement, it said it’s an offence to knowingly give false information when applying for a postal vote and applicants are made aware of this at the time of application.

“At the time of application for inclusion in the Postal Voters list all applicants are required to declare that they are unable to go in person to vote at a polling station by reason of a physical disability, and that they are ordinarily resident at the address given,” the council said.

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Fine Gael has made a complaint to gardai over alleged postal vote fraud in County Sligo , according to media reports.

The Garda Ombudsman has received 957 complaints of malpractice against Gardaí this year. They contain more than 1,400 separate allegations , which include sexual offences, theft and fraud . Nearly 500 allegations are made against officers in Dublin, while there are also high numbers in Cork City

The applications must be signed and stamped by a registered medical practitioner certifying the applicant has a stated physical illness or disability and is unable to go to a polling station in person.

Just under 300 postal votes were issued by the council for physical illness or disability for the elections taking place today.

In relation to the complaint made to gardaí, the council said it will assist gardaí with any enquiries and will furnish any material documents required.

Sligo County Council has also sought legal advice in relation to suggestions voting today in the constituency could have been delayed, and said there was no provision in law that applied her to delay or defer an election.

In a statement, gardaí said: “A complaint has been received at Sligo and local gardaí have been appointed to carry out enquires and investigate the matter.”

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The Gardaí also have power to search you for illegal drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Acts, and bring you to a Garda Station for the search. You should always look for advice from a solicitor when giving a voluntary statement to Gardaí and your solicitor can sit in with you when you are giving the statement.

Nearly 500 allegations are made against officers in Dublin, while there are also high numbers in Cork city, Kildare, Limerick and Galway. Almost one-third of the allegations countrywide relate to abuse of authority or neglect of duty. Ten relate to alleged sexual offences, while 15 relate to theft or fraud and

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