Borgue has been denied a homegrown MSP by the narrowest of margins amid claims of “blatant electoral deceit”.

Laura Moodie looked certain to be elected to Holyrood as lead Scottish Greens list candidate for the south of Scotland region.

But another party with a similar name and logo – Independent Green Voice (IGV) – was also competing for votes.

The Green Party polled 18,964 votes across the south, just 114 short of claiming the final regional seat.

IGV, despite no visible campaign or presence, received 1,690 votes – prompting suspicions that some were intended for Ms Moodie.

She said: “Anecdotally, I have heard that a number of people did give their vote to them accidentally.

“I know it’s clear from the results they got here and in other regions they got higher than expected votes. People aren’t familiar enough with the Greens to know our logo instinctively – and that’s something we need to work on.”

Independent Green Voice was permitted, by the Electoral Commission, to use a logo with green in big letters which the party nationally believes confused voters.

Ms Moodie said: “I do think this might have interfered with some people’s understanding.

“But I believe that every party has to go out there to win votes and not expect them to be handed to them.”

Ms Moodie added: “Independent Green Voice are not Greens in any traditional sense of the word.

“I know one of them was known as a Holocaust denier and others are ex-BNP members.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Greens claimed the voter confusion over IGV attracted enough votes to potentially prevent them from having an additional two MSPs elected, one in Glasgow and one in the south of Scotland.

He said: “There are serious questions about how the Electoral Commission allowed such blatant electoral deceit.”

An Electoral Commission spokesperson told the News: “We assess all applications for party names and emblems against the criteria set out in law, including the requirement to ensure that in our opinion voters would not likely be confused between two parties as a result of how their identity marks look on a ballot paper.

“There are over 400 parties currently registered with the commission and inevitably there are instances where the same words are used by more than one party.

“No concerns were raised with us in relation to this application to add an emblem to a long-registered party.

“We are satisfied that there are clear and sufficient differences between the two parties’ registered names, descriptions and emblems to avoid confusion.”

Independent Green Voice was contacted for a comment.