Was voter fraud committed during the Scottish Independence referendum?
It has been confirmed that the names of 10 people were already crossed off a voter list prior them voting inside a polling station.
According to reports, the Glasgow City Council confirmed that there were ten cases of suspected electoral fraud occurring at polling stations following the Scottish referendum vote on the 18th. As authorities have been investigating, thousands have gathered outside in George Square, Glasgow, which has been dubbed “Independence Square,” in the time leading up to the vote.
Scotland on Sunday published a piece in early September suggesting the integrity of the electoral register was called into question a month prior to the historic vote:
“With less than two weeks to go before the independence vote on 18 September, Scotland on Sunday has learned that a formal complaint is to be made by Labour to the returning officer at East Ayrshire Council after activists discovered that at least four children in the area aged between three and 11 have received polling cards.”
Continuing, the recent polling concerns were put into context:
“The revelation has echoes of the problems which beset the 1979 devolution referendum, in which some dead people were given the vote, undermining public confidence in the result which did not meet the threshold set by the Callaghan government for creating a Scottish Parliament.”
What would be the motive for keeping Scotland in the UK?
The Washington post reports:
“The impact of North Sea oil is an important factor in Scotland’s independence and will certainly continue to be if it goes it alone.”
“An independent Scotland would probably get rights to the majority of the oil and gas off the coast of the United Kingdom: Despite the British government’s investment in the area, natural resources like this are generally divided up by geography alone. One study found that as much as 90 percent of oil revenue may go to an independent Scotland.”
Gaining 90 percent of oil revenues would seem to be a pretty weighty motive to derail the much sought after referendum.