Those thirty six extra votes in Fermanagh and South Tyrone…

Hmmm… the News Letter has the detail on a story that’s been bubbling under for a few days now… It’s those extra votes in Fermanagh and South Tyrone… Douglas Bain the Chief Electoral Officer says there is nothing wrong, but the paper has some interesting detail from the Verification Statement for Fermanagh/South Tyrone, which was issued in the early hours of May 7 records there were 36 extra votes found in ballot boxes:

…the document says that 36 extra ballot papers were found. In one instance – box 59 [Holy Trinity Primary School Primary School, Cornagrade according to the EONI documentation]– 384 ballot papers were issued while 392 were found in the box. In another example – box 40 [Slugger makes that Letterbreen Methodist Hall, Letterbreen] – 551 ballots were issued while 556 were found when the box was opened.

Just be careful about what conclusions you come to from this… it is possible that this will be subject to legal action… And I don’t want Slugger being part of it…

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