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Scottish referendum votes put up for sale on eBay

For many people in Scotland, the looming question of independence inspires strong feelings either towards or against breaking away.

But as millions prepare to cast their 'yes' or 'no' vote, some, it seems, are willing to give up their chance for a say in exchange for a few quid.

An investigation has now been launched after a number of listings appeared on online auction site eBay, offering bidders the chance to buy a vote in the upcoming referendum.

A screenshot of one of the listings Credit: STV

One person, using the screen name chrisoc1986 and stating they were based in Glasgow, sold their vote for just £1.04. The listing read:

This is my very own unique piece of British History! It is my personal YES or NO vote for the upcoming Scottish Referendum in September.

I for one, do not give a flying monkeys about any of this. This could be the deciding vote. Who knows? I am a hard working Scottish citizen with a house, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful kids who are my world.

This vote will not change anything in our lives so I have decided not to vote my opinion but instead..... ONE OF YOURS! Happy Bidding

– chrisoc1986
People in Scotland will vote on September 18 whether they should become an independent country Credit: PA

Another user by the name of catfez, thought to be based in the Scottish Borders region, put a £10 reserve on their vote and promised to donate the money raised to charity.

The Electoral Commission has confirmed it is aware of the listings, and Police Scotland have launched an investigation into the listings.

eBay has since removed them from its site.

eBay has since removed the listings from its site Credit: PA

A spokesman for the auction giant said:

eBay does not permit the sale of certain items.

In addition to our own investigations, eBay uses reports from users and advice from third party experts to keep eBay safe and to ensure that items of concern are not listed for sale.

The Electoral Commission has an agreement in place where we remove upon request any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual’s vote where the Commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken.

– eBay spokesman

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