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Police quiz local man over vote auction

Contributed by editor on Apr 19, 2005 - 09:46 PM

POLICE QUIZ LOCAL MAN OVER VOTE AUCTION

A Dover man who put his general election vote up for auction  on the EBay internet site has been questioned by police.

Police interviewed John Paine,  after officers visited his home yesterday (18 April).

The Ebay website has now removed the page. Over 250 people had viewed the page and a top bid of £6 was posted.

Mr Paine said that he put his vote o­n Ebay as a "bit of fun" without realising it was illegal.  A report will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service following the police investigation.

It was reported by the The Electoral Commission on Monday that other attempts had been made to sell votes o­n Ebay and it was a serious offence and would be referred to the police.