Key findings from cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017

Headline figures from data on cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017 are:

As of 31 January 2018, there has been one conviction which was in connection with an allegation of personation in polling stations.

Suspects in eight cases had accepted police cautions:

  • four were in relation to registration offences
  • two were personation when voting by post
  • one was a false statement on a nomination form
  • one was a return of election expenses.
Cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017
Outcomes of allegationsNumber
No further action207
Locally resolved82
Under investigation44
Prosecution advice awaited7
Court proceeding initiated2
Acquitted1
Caution8
Conviction1
Other13

Almost half (165 cases) of all cases of alleged electoral fraud reported were campaign offences. The majority of these were imprint offences (96 cases).

The majority of cases (289) either resulted in no further action (207) or were locally resolved (82).

Offences
Type of offenceNumber
Registration36
Nomination25
Campaign165
Voting104
Administration3
Miscellaneous3

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Last updated: 23 July 2019
Next review: 22 July 2020