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POLICE Scotland are to investigate claims that postal votes were counted by Better Together campaigners before Referendum Day.
The Crown Office opted for an investigation after Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson had made comments to the BBC, that agents for Better Together had taken tallies of the postal votes at sample openings.
This was done before the count, and election rules are that such openings must be kept secret.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We can confirm that we have been instructed to commence an investigation into alleged breaches of Schedule 7, Paragraph 7, of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013."
It will be recalled that during the last local elections Peterborough Conservatives were sending out DIY Postal Voting kits with letters penned by some councillors, and that exceptionally high postal vote counts were recorded in some wards.
Representations were made at the time to the Peterborough Returning Officer Gillian Beasley, who claimed that her election process was robust. In the last few days The Peterborough Central MP Stewart Jackson raised his concerns with Gillian Beasley, over postal voting arrangements for next Mays General Election.
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