Woman on trial over election dummy

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A WOMAN accused of registering a mannequin as a candidate in a city council election is to face trial.

Renee Slater is alleged to have put the dummy – named Helena Torry – forward to
stand in Aberdeen City Council’s local government elections on 29 March.

The 64-year-old denied the charge, made under the Representation of the People Act, when she appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday.

The charge alleges that she submitted a nomination paper containing the dummy’s details, which she knew to be false, to a returning officer at the council’s Town House.

Slater, of Aberdeen, is to face trial next month. In May, returning officer Valerie Watts confirmed it had been brought to her attention that Ms Torry “does not exist”.