Police launch inquiry into electoral fraud allegation in South Thanet

Kent Police have launched an inquiry into an allegation of electoral fraud in the Thanet South seat in Kent.

The constituency is the seat that UKIP leader Nigel Farage contested, but failed to win in the General Election.

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'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

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