UUP fined for failing to declare £12k of election funding

The Ulster Unionist Party has been fined for failing to declare £12,000 of its spend on last year's Assembly election.

The party was handed the £3,000 penalty by the North's Electoral Commission for lodging an inaccurate return.

Bob Posner, from the Electoral Commission, said: "Experienced political parties such as the UUP are expected to be able to follow the rules regarding spending at elections."

The UUP, which has paid the fine, has commissioned auditors to review the party's accounting processes and to recommend improvements.

"The Electoral Commission is pleased that the UUP is reviewing its procedures and hopes that this will ensure that a mistake of this nature is not repeated," said Mr Posner.

"It is important that the spending of political parties and campaigners at elections and referendums is fully transparent and the rules are correctly followed."


More in this Section

UK and Romanian nationals head the list of foreign nationals allocated PPS numbers in 2017

Gardaí making further inquiries into death of man, 65, at his Meath home

'I had no choice': Mum had son prosecuted for arson to get him help for mental health problems

Making a difference to millions of lives - Ireland's community heroes honoured


Lifestyle

Unmasking Limerick's newest masked rapper

How to stop tensions boiling over this festive season

Decorating your house for Christmas? Here's some advice from three Irish interior designers

A look back at the 10 big stories form the year in music

More From The Irish Examiner