86. Postal voting in Northern Ireland is of a non-supervised type. The amendments to this system, introduced in 2002 and 2006, aimed at eliminating fraud, since the elector eligible to vote by post must complete an application form with personal information, which will be checked with the one available on the registers. The claims about fraud in this kind of remote voting do not seem to have been directed, however, towards the security or reliability of the postal service. Thus, the postal voting system seems to fit with the provisions of the Council of Europe in order to avoid fraud both at the level of applications and voters’ lists, and at the level of the postal service.
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