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Police investigate claims of electoral fraud in Glasgow

Police have arrived at the count in Glasgow
Police have arrived at the count in Glasgow

Police Scotland are investigating allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow.

A probe is underway following claims that 10 people turned up to vote only to be told that somebody had already done so in their name.

Thousands immediately took to Twitter to express concern over the allegations.

Officers wearing blue gloves have arrived at the count in Glasgow searching for specific ballot papers, which when found will be taken away as evidence.

Colin Edgar, media liason officer at the Glasgow count, said: “We’ve had a number of suggestions over the course of the day that people have turned up at the polling station to vote and they appear to have voted already.

“We know which boxes that these votes went into and the numbers of those votes so police have asked us to identify those votes, to take them away and hand them to them.”

He said the issue came to light after people turned up to vote, and when they gave their name to the presiding officer they discovered it had already been scored off and a ballot paper issued to somebody who “apparently had the same name”.

Mr Edgar added: “We will find the ballot papers tonight, they will be kept safe and secure and given to Police Scotland to from their investigation.”

He said there had been 10 reported incidents, and that he was not aware of it happening outwith Glasgow.

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie said the incident would not affect the result.

“It very sad that people feel the need to engage in impersonation.

“The ballot papers have been identified and will be taken away by police.

“They will look for fingerprints and hopefully bring those responsible to justice.”

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