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    UK Electoral Commission Fines Liberal Democrats Over $25,000 for Electoral Fraud

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    UK Electoral Commission said on Wednesday it fined Liberal Democrats party with 20,000 pound sterling ($25,280) following an investigation into the party’s 2015 Parliamentary General Election campaign spending return.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The party has to pay the fine until 12 December 2016.

    "The Liberal Democrats have been fined £20,000 as a result of the Electoral Commission’s investigation into the party’s 2015 UK Parliamentary General Election campaign spending return… The investigation found that 307 payments totalling £184,676 were missing from the Liberal Democrats’ spending return without a reasonable excuse," the statement read.

    Every political party in the United Kingdom is obliged to submit a full and complete campaign spending return to the commission.

    During the last general election Liberal Democrats suffered a crushing defeat losing 15.2 percent of the vote.

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