Electoral Fraud in Scotland Referendum? Police Looking into Voter Fraud Allegations in Glasgow

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 18, 2014 Updated: September 18, 2014

There’s been reports of electoral fraud in Glasgow, Scotland, according to a report.

The Herald Scotland reported that council officials in the city said there’s at least 10 allegations of electoral fraud.

The allegations say that voters have attempted to impersonate other voters, the report said. The people allegedly tried to use a false name when they voted on 10 ballot papers.

The papers will be handed over by officials wearing glove to police to prevent their fingerprints from contaminating evidence.

Colin Edgar from Glasgow City Council told Sky News: “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.”

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS update on the referendum:

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence  

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country’s 307-year union with England.

After the polls closed late Thursday, many Scots settled in to stay up all night in homes and bars, awaiting the result that could change their lives, shake financial markets worldwide and boost other independence movements from Flanders to Catalonia to Quebec.

A nationwide count began immediately at 32 regional centers across Scotland.

For some, it was a day they had dreamed of for decades. For others, the time had finally come to make up their minds about the future — both for themselves and for the United Kingdom.

“Fifty years I fought for this,” said 83-year-old Isabelle Smith, a Yes supporter in Edinburgh’s maritime district of Newhaven, a former fishing port. “And we are going to win. I can feel it in my bones.”

At the Highland Hall outside Edinburgh, where the final result will be announced sometime after 0500GMT (1 a.m. EDT) Friday, vote-counters at dozens of tables sorted through paper ballots, watched keenly by monitors from the Yes and No camps.

Eager voters had lined up outside some polling stations even before they opened at 7 a.m. Thursday. Many polling stations were busy and turnout was expected to be high. More than 4.2 million people had registered to vote — 97 percent of those eligible — including residents as young as 16.

Many questions — the currency an independent Scotland would use, its status within the 28-nation European Union and NATO, the fate of Britain’s nuclear-armed submarines, based at a Scottish port — remain uncertain or disputed after months of campaigning.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.