Friday, 30 October 2009

Electoral fraud – an encouraging sign

THE Chief Electoral Officer this week revealed that there were 49 cases of electoral fraud during the European election.

The fraud centres around allegedly forged doctor’s signatures to allow voters to cast postal votes.

This is a most encouraging sign. Northern Ireland’s electorate has been accused of increasing apathy – and indeed laziness – as turn-out decreases on each polling day.

No longer can the voters be accused of apathy. They’re sitting at home watching Jeremy Kyle and listening to Stephen Nolan, but prepared to use all means possible to vote apart from stepping outside the door. Apathetic no, lazy…yes!

The other explanation is that somewhere, someone was seriously deluded if they thought 49 votes were going to change the local European election results.

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