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Ganley gamble backfires as Libertas lose votes

Libertas leader Declan Ganley lost 3,000 votes in the European Parliament poll after his demand for an investigation into the allocation of ballots embarrassingly backfired.

The multi-millionaire businessman delayed counting at the North West constituency for nine hours after alleging that as many as 11,000 of his votes were given to a rival.

However, a systematic spot-check of the half a million votes at the count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo, found that his first preference was 67,638, rather than the 70,638 originally declared.


by det on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 03:19:40 PM EST
He's conceded and, allegedly, quit politics.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 03:40:09 PM EST
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well the money spent in the UK by Libertas was effective.... ;)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 03:43:00 PM EST
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RTÉ News: Elections 2009 - Ganley quits politics after conceding NW seat
Declan Ganley has conceded that he will not take a seat in the North West constituency and will now 'bow out of political life'.

Arriving at the count centre in Castlebar this evening, Mr Ganley said he accepted that people had not given him a mandate to represent them in the European Parliament.

He also stated he would play no part in the second Lisbon referendum, saying it remained to be seen whether Libertas as an organisation would be involved.

Last night, the Libertas leader had requested a recheck of ballots in the North West amid concerns that some of its votes may have been inadvertently allocated to other candidates.

However, that recheck found that Mr Ganley had been awarded 3,000 extra votes in error.

The 3,000 votes - for Independent candidate Fiachra O'Luain - were found in the Libertas bundles and Mr O'Luain's first count total has now been revised upwards accordingly.

Mr O'Luain said he is now asking gardaí in Castlebar to investigate how his votes ended up in Mr Ganley's bundles.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 04:52:29 PM EST
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How many polling stations are involved here?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:25:09 PM EST
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On fourth of Ireland is involved here.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:27:08 PM EST
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Yeah, but 3000 votes counted wrong in a single precinct smells like fraud a lot more than 3000 votes counted wrong in a hundred different precincts does.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:33:06 PM EST
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I may be mistaken, but I assume the multiple rounds of the single transferable vote count are conducted centrally -- or at least the summing up of local counts.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:39:14 PM EST
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Yes, it would appear O'Luain's and Ganley's counted votes were being stored adjacent to each other, and some bundles were misplaced prior to summation. Incompetence trumps malice once once.
by ectoraige on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 09:20:15 PM EST
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