**BREAKING** Police probe stolen referendum ballot papers claim

Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyGibson

POLICE have launched an investigation into the alleged theft of documents, including unused referendum ballot papers, in East Lothian.

A video posted on Facebook shows a person with the papers, which it is claimed were found beside a bin outside East Lothian Council’s headquarters in Haddington.

But the council has rejected the claim and said the papers were removed from a storage room.

Under election rules, unused ballot papers from any election or referendum have to be counted and retained for a year.

East Lothian chief executive and returning officer Angela Leitch said the matter was “extremely concerning” and both the police and the council were looking into it.

She said : “There is no implication that there is any concern regarding the integrity of the poll.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating an incident involving the theft of referendum materials in East Lothian. Enquires are ongoing at this stage and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101.”



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Scotland – Podcast/Audio – Gordon Brown, Man With Bag Of Yes Votes +

Shauny Podcast Image

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

5am in the morning, bit sore, bit tired, rolling roll up’s by the way for curious people (Hi Mum) Talking about the guy with the bag of yes votes, Gordon Brown and more 





The Guy in the Van with supposed ballot papers Video 1



The Guy in the Van with supposed ballot papers Video 2



From Electoral Commission



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Received an Email from Electoral Commission – RE: Vote Fraud






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.

Yours sincerely,

****** *******

Referendum Officer


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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