Police probe claim No campaign viewed postal votes

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POLICE are assessing allegations that Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

The concerns surfaced after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said 45 minutes after the polls closed last Thursday that the campaign had been “incredibly encouraged” by the results of a “sample opening” of the postal ballot that she said had taken place over the previous few weeks.

Ruth Davidson said there had been a 'sample opening' of postal votes. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Ruth Davidson said there had been a 'sample opening' of postal votes. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Complaints were received by police and the Electoral Commission that agents had been able to see ballot papers and communicate how the vote was going.

Officials accepted that while staff are required by law to keep ballot papers face down there may be occasions when the face of the paper is visible.

However, it is an offence for anyone to attempt to discover how any vote was cast or communicate such information.

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