Donegal Council respond to ballot paper allegations

Donegal County Council has responded to claims by an unsuccessful election candidate about inadmissible votes cast in the south of the county in the recent local elections.

Diarmaid Doherty claimed 60 to 70 votes could not be counted because of errors by polling station staff.

The errors, he said, related to the stamping of the ballot papers.

However, in a statement to Ocean FM News, Donegal County Council said the total number of ballot papers recorded as placed in polling station ballot boxes in the Donegal Local Electoral Area was 14,318.

The council added that the number of papers deemed invalid for want of official mark was 18.