DUP representative pleads guilty on electoral fraud charges

The BBC report that former DUP mayor of Coleraine, Dessie Stewart, has pleaded guilty on 6 charges of electoral fraud relating to the last general and local elections in 2005 despite previously denying the charges. He is, currently, listed as an councillor on the Council website

He admitted four counts of pretending to be someone else in order to cast postal votes, and two of fraudulently stopping free exercise of a proxy vote.

Updated 10th Oct – He has now resigned from the council