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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

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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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