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Kent Police investigate ballot box tampering claims

Kent Police have confirmed that they are investigating allegations that ballot boxes may have been tampered with, in what was one of the highest profile election battles in the country last week.

Last Friday morning, Nigel Farage was defeated in his attempt to become an MP in South Thanet for UKIP. He lost to the Conservative candidate by more than 2,800 votes.

But after claims that ballot boxes were interfered with, Kent Police say they are now conducting enquiries into electoral fraud in the constituency. Here's our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby.

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Kent Police: 'No evidence of electoral fraud so far'

Kent Police clarify electoral fraud allegation over Thanet South election

On Monday 11 May, Kent Police was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county with a concern around election fraud due to speculation on social media in South Thanet. Initial enquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found.

– Kent Police spokesperson

'We are not under investigation for election fraud'

Thanet District Council responds to the news that police are investigating an allegation of electoral fraud

A single complaint has been lodged with Kent Police by a member of the public, from outside of the county, with concerns around the Thanet Parliamentary election - following speculation on social media. Kent Police has an obligation to follow up this complaint. Thanet District Council is not under investigation for election fraud. The council’s Returning Officer is satisfied that the correct processes were followed and a member of the Electoral Commission was present at the election in Thanet.

In response to the speculation on social media: Thanet’s parliamentary boundary is larger than the district boundary – extending into the Canterbury and Dover area so comparing the parliamentary and district election results is misleading. There were no lost or stolen ballot papers.

– Thanet District Council spokesperson

Electoral fraud allegation in constituency Farage lost

Counting for the Thanet South seat in the General Election

Kent Police have confirmed that they are looking into an allegation of electoral fraud in the Thanet South constituency seat.

The leader of UKIP Nigel Farage temporarily resigned as party head over the weekend after he failed to win the seat. Instead, Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative became the Thanet South MP after last Thursday's General Election. He won 18,838 votes compared to Mr Farage's 16,026.

UKIP took control of Thanet District Council in following the local elections counton Saturday.

"Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. Inquiries are ongoing."

– Kent Police spokesperson

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