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voting concerns Gardai probe alleged electoral fraud in Sligo-Leitrim constituency

It has also been reported that the number of postal ballots cast in the constituency in the 2020 general election increased by 31 per cent

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A voter placing a ballot paper in a ballot box (stock photo)

A voter placing a ballot paper in a ballot box (stock photo)

A voter placing a ballot paper in a ballot box (stock photo)

Alleged electoral fraud in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in the last general election is now the subject of a Garda investigation, it has been revealed.

The investigation relates to postal votes cast in the constituency in the general election of February 2020.

It is understood that of the under 61,000 votes cast, postal ballots accounted for just over a thousand.

It has also been reported that the number of postal ballots cast in the constituency in the 2020 general election increased by 31 per cent compared to the previous general election of 2016.

According to RTÉ News gardai have contacted registered postal voters in the constituency in the past number of weeks to ascertain if they cast their vote in that election.

Gardaí are investigating if they had registered to vote by post and asking what their reason was for doing so.

Gardaí are believed to be focusing on postal ballots which were applied for and cast without the voter's knowledge.

Applicants for a postal vote on medical and disability grounds must submit a Medical Certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner.

This is not the first investigation into alleged voter fraud in the Sligo area.

In May 2019 the Fine Gael director of elections in Sligo-Leitrim made a complaint following a surge in the number of postal votes registered in the electoral area of Ballymote-Tubbercurry.

Gardaí told sundayworld.com that the matter remains the subject of an ongoing investigation.

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