Thursday January 23, 2020

Irish electoral watchdog's teeth must be sharp

Understanding what just happened in the last few days in Britain must mean that those who want to help create a meaningful Electoral Commission here are then able to build a tighter and more efficient rule book for Ireland’s version

19th July, 2018
British Electoral Commission's Vote Leave findings 'overwhelmed'. Pic: Getty

The findings relate to an overspend by the Leavers, managed by a linked leave group called BeLeave. The Electoral Commission has described the activities as “serious breaches of the laws put in place by Parliament to fairness and transparency at elections”. One of the players involved has been referred to the police for further investigation.

It is as if the discovery of the illegality and the overspend, in the middle of the most...

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