Sligo-North Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin has called for a major reform of the registration process for those applying for the supplementary and postal voting list citing voter fraud in the recent Co Leitrim Council elections.
Speaking in the Dáil on the issue this week, Deputy McLoughlin said that in his estimation up to 30 people who voted in one electoral area should have, in fact, been registered to vote elsewhere.
“I am aware of abuses in this area recently in a local electoral area in my constituency where persons were added to the register through the supplementary (register) and assigned to vacant addresses,” he said.
“I am confident that these persons switched their votes from their home area into this area to support a particular candidate despite the fact that, in reality, they never lived there nor will do so in the future.”
Deputy McLoughlin has also criticised the current postal vote application process.
“In the Ballinamore Municipal Electoral Area of Co Leitrim at the recent local elections, 406 applications were received for postal votes, the vast majority were for reasons of a person’s occupation,” he said.
“Of the 406 applications 368 voted with 365 casting a valid vote. What happed in to the 40+ other votes?” he asked.
Deputy McLoughlin said he believed that a number of applications came from people who “were and continue to live in Australia, Canada and the United States”, which makes them ineligible to apply for a postal vote.
“It is clear these people did not make the applications themselves and were in fact done by people acting for a particular candidate at that local election area,” he said.
See page 3 of this week’s Leitrim Observer for more on this story.