Isle of Man election law changes to go for Royal Assent

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Law changes aimed at bringing greater "transparency and integrity" to Isle of Man elections will go forward for Royal Assent, after a public consultation.

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill was proposed in April, after election fraud in 2012.

In a trial at Douglas court house three people were found guilty of manipulating the island's proxy voting system during a by-election in 2010.

A government spokesman said the updated laws included proxy vote restrictions.

He added: "The Bill will update the law governing House of Keys elections, and provide a robust and transparent electoral process."

The proposals went forward for an eight-week public consultation last April.

The new regulations will not be finalised until given Royal Assent which a government spokesman said is "still some way off".

"Revised drafting instructions have been issued to the Attorney General Chambers as a result of feedback submitted during the public consultation," he added.

"The Bill will then have to be introduced into the branches and gain the support of Members before it can be sent for Royal Assent".

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