Police probe as independence referendum votes 'sold' on eBay

Listings on eBay offered bidders the chance to purchase the sellers' personal votes for September 18.

Scottish referendum vote listed on eBay August 28 2014. Screen grab from eBay website

Police have launched an investigation after a number of people attempted to sell their votes for the independence referendum online.

Various listings appeared on internet auction site eBay offering bidders the chance to purchase the sellers' personal votes on September 18.

The Electoral Commission confirmed it was aware of the incident and eBay has since removed the listings from its site.

One person, using the identity 'chrisoc1986', and who says on their profile they are located in Glasgow, sold their vote for £1.04.

The listing read: "This is my very own unique piece of British History! It is my personal YES or NO vote for the upcoming Scottish Referendum in September.

"I for one, do not give a flying monkeys about any of this. This could be the deciding vote. Who knows? I am a hard working Scottish citizen with a house, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful kids who are my world.

"This vote will not change anything in our lives so I have decided not to vote my opinion but instead..... ONE OF YOURS! Happy Bidding"

Another listing by 'catfez', believed to be located in the Scottish Borders, placed a £10 reserve on bidding for the vote. The seller states that the money raised from the bid will be donated to charity.

On Thursday Police Scotland confirmed officers were investigating the listings.

A spokesman said: "Our policing arrangements for the referendum are well in hand and will be appropriate and proportionate.

"Police Scotland’s priority is to ensure public safety and security. We will respond appropriately to any issues which arise.

"We are investigating these incidents and therefore cannot comment on the outcome of these incidents until all inquires are concluded. Where other incidents are reported they will be investigated and appropriate action taken. "

A spokesman for eBay said: "eBay does not permit the sale of certain items.

"In addition to our own investigations, eBay uses reports from users and advice from third party experts to keep eBay safe and to ensure that items of concern are not listed for sale.

"The Electoral Commission has an agreement in place where we remove upon request any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual’s vote where the Commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken."

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