Alleged referendum vote rigging or cock-up profoundly worrying

Voting cards reportedly given to foreign students not entitled to vote.

Concern that fraud or defect could swing the result of the Referendum result.

Sligo News File.

There is growing disquiet about claimed abuse of the voting system ahead of the Referendum on Friday.

A caller contacted Liveline today to say voting cards had been issued to him although as a non-national resident he isn’t entitled to vote.

The scale of the seeming circulation of illegal voting cards is not known, nor does it appear to have been investigated.

Last week, the Dail was told that electorally disqualified French students on a course at Galway University also had voting cards sent to them in the post.

Despite Government denials, it’s feared supplementary voting registers could be crammed with names of persons not legally entitled to vote in the Referendum.

Mattie McGrath, a Tiperarry-based TD brought the alleged misuse of the voting process to public attention in the Dail last week.

The Deputy spoke of confirmation by French students at Galway University that, despite being ineligible to vote, their names have been included on the voting register. He said this was done despite the students not even requesting to be added to the register of electors.

He asked the government to investigate “and find out who illegally and fraudulently registered French citizens who are here on an ERASMUS student programme at NUIG?”

There is concern that illegal voting cards in circulation at present could run to thousands.

Meanwhile, RTÉ has been accused of interfering in the referendum debate by attempting to “rig” last night’s Prime Time debate in favour of the Yes side.

A spokesman for Save the 8th John McGurk alleged the broadcaster was willing to “have any women in the country who is not Maria Steen” take part in the debate.

Steen, a barrister and mother of four, will, however, take part in a TV3 debate with Pat Kenny tonight.

As of now, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour, Sinn Fein, the Greens and other parties have ‘fused’ as a single political entity campaigning to get the people to abolish the 8th amendment and thereby remove the constitutional right to life from unborn infants.

If voters come down as a majority on the Yes side, countless thousands of perfectly healthy babies of perfectly healthy women will be intentionally put down by abortionists within a few years alone.

The frightening prospect of widespread killing on demand becoming the norm is now causing large sections of the electorate to question the government’s motivation for the introduction of what would take on the characteristics of the Holocaust.