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Questions surround £6,000 fine linked to Northern Ireland political donation

Electoral authorities have issued a £6,000 fine connected to a Northern Ireland political donation but secrecy laws prevent the release of any further information, The Detail can reveal. The Electoral Commission said it could not confirm who has been fined, or which rules have been broken. The Detail was only able to establish that the fine related to […]

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British identity ‘would be protected in united Ireland’

Sinn Féin has said the Irish constitution could be changed in a United Ireland to protect citizens with a British identity. The party’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill was speaking at a debate in west Belfast. She said constitutional recognition of people with a British identity could help make a united Ireland more acceptable to unionists.

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Row over Jo Swinson election spending in East Dunbartonshire

Questions have been raised over the general election expenses of Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire. Ms Swinson’s campaign spending came in £210 below the legal limit, but reports say this was only after almost £7,000 of costs were disregarded. The SNP said there were “serious questions”, with the Lib Dems “living dangerously close to […]

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Successful voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure

“Improving Voting Systems’ User-Friendliness, Reliability and Security” will appear in Behavioral Science and Policy and summarizes voting systems in the United States used throughout the past decade and outlines lessons about how to improve them. In the paper, author Mike Byrne, a professor of psychology and computer science at Rice, summarizes previous voting research that supports his […]

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Acquisition of Halarose Holdings Ltd by Idox plc

Idox plc, supplier of specialist information management solutions and services, has announced that it has acquired Halarose Holdings Ltd, supplier of electoral back office software and services to UK local authorities. Read the formal announcement by clicking the image below.

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Tory MP Craig Mackinlay to face trial over election expenses fraud charges

A Conservative MP is to stand trial in May next year on charges relating to his 2015 General Election expenses. South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, 50, of Sion Hill, Ramsgate, Kent, is accused of two counts of knowingly making a false election expenses declaration. His campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28, […]

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