By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews
Dear Mr Gibson
Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission.
We are aware of a video clip circulating online in which an individual claims to have come into possession of ballot papers from the recent referendum on independence for Scotland.
The Electoral Commission did not administer the referendum on independence for Scotland; this was the remit of the Chief Counting Officer, Mary Pitcaithly, by virtue of her position as the Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland. Local logistical arrangements were the responsibility of the relevant Counting Officer for each local counting area.
There are arrangements in place to maintain the security of ballot papers at all times in any electoral event. At the close of poll, the Presiding Officer for each polling place seals the slot of the ballot box and any polling agents (representing any of the registered campaign groups) who are present may also affix their seal to it. The ballot box and other relevant documentation from the polling station are delivered to the count centre directly and without delay; these items are not left unattended at any time and are only handled by authorised members of the Counting Officer’s staff.
Subsequently, the counting of votes is observed at all times by representatives from the registered campaign groups and independent observers; Electoral Commission representatives may also be present. On completion of the counting of votes, each Counting Officer will have arranged for the counted and rejected ballot papers to be sealed in separate packets, along with the other relevant documents from the polling stations, the postal vote processes and the count, to the Proper Officer of the local authority area in which the votes have been cast. In order to maintain a clear and transparent audit trail, each packet is labelled with a description of its contents, the date of the referendum, how long the packet is to be kept and when it is to be destroyed. Each Counting Officer records the details of the number of packets sent to the Proper Officer and obtains a receipt from the Proper Officer indicating that the parcels have been safely received. All packets containing referendum documents are stored securely before being transferred to the Proper Officer so that no unauthorised persons can tamper with them. This is in accordance with guidance issued by the Chief Counting Officer.
Please be assured that we take any allegations of electoral fraud very seriously. However, as the Electoral Commission does not have any power to investigate allegations of electoral fraud, any such allegations must be reported to the police. We have spoken with the police who have confirmed that this matter has also been reported directly to them. A person purporting to be the individual shown in the video has contacted us today and stated that he has sent the ballot papers to the police.
I hope this addresses your concerns, but if you have any further question, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
This guy here has handed in the ballot papers to the police:
I don’t really know what to make of this. But the lad in the van HAS given the ballot papers to the police.
So if he is real, these votes are real, then what?
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