‘Greater risk of poll fraud’ in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘Greater risk of poll fraud’ in East Lancashire ‘Greater risk of poll fraud’ in East Lancashire

FOUR East Lancashire boroughs have been singled out for extra scrutiny in a bid to combat voting fraud.

A report by the Electoral Commission highlighted 16 areas, including Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley, and Pendle, ‘where there appears to be a greater risk of cases of alleged electoral fraud being reported’.

Among the proposals in the report is a call for voters in Great Britain to produce photographic ID at polling stations.

It also recommended a ban on party political campaigners handling postal, or proxy vote forms, or completed postal ballot papers, and called for a police presence at some polling stations.

In May 2012, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson accused members of the Asian community of falsifying postal votes.

In the same year, Lancashire Police referred a file on ‘proxy voting’ in Accrington’s Barnfield ward to the Crown Prosecution Service, while similar investigations into two other wards in Hyndburn, and two in Blackburn with Darwen, found no evidence of wrong-doing.

The report – Electoral Fraud in the UK – said every UK police force had investigated cases of suspected electoral fraud in the past three years, but that there were some areas ‘where cases are more frequently reported and therefore investigated’.

It added: “We have heard some stronglyheld views, based in particular on reported first-hand experience by some campaigners and elected representatives, that electoral fraud is more likely to be committed by, or in support of, candidates standing for election in areas which are largely, or predominately populated by some South Asian communities, specifically those with roots in parts of Pakistan, or Bangladesh.”

Welcoming the report, Mr Stephenson said: “These recommendations, made by an independent body, rightly highlight the electoral fraud problem.

“I would strongly urge the government to take notice, and look very closely at them.

“I have shown visitors from emerging democracies around Pendle and they can’t believe that anyone can just walk up to a polling station and vote without ID.”

But Colne’s Liberal Democrat councillor, Tony Greaves, called the report ‘a cop-out’.

Lord Greaves said: “Twelve years ago, few people believed me when I told them what was happening.

“Now the problem is recognised, but the political establishment will still not grasp the nettle.

“Postal voting on demand is undermining the democratic sys-tem and it ought to be stopped now.”

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11:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

In other news apparently bears love to defecate in the woods.

Who knew?
In other news apparently bears love to defecate in the woods. Who knew? Champagne plus charlie

11:33am Thu 9 Jan 14

jackmetickler says...

well theres a suprise then......

thank god that the powers that be posses such common sense otherwise we might be in a right mess ....
well theres a suprise then...... thank god that the powers that be posses such common sense otherwise we might be in a right mess .... jackmetickler

12:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

The names Bond, John Bond says...

Well, that came out of the blue.
Well, that came out of the blue. The names Bond, John Bond

12:40pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

There is very little evidence for this - there are accusations usually by parties that have lost but when investigations are held no evidence is found in most cases.

in the meantime lots of people who do not have photographic ID will be stopped from voting. many elderly women have no current passport or learnt to drive. How will they vote?
There is very little evidence for this - there are accusations usually by parties that have lost but when investigations are held no evidence is found in most cases. in the meantime lots of people who do not have photographic ID will be stopped from voting. many elderly women have no current passport or learnt to drive. How will they vote? Excluded again

12:54pm Thu 9 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Voting figures always give the impression of being predictably biased within the many ‘safe seat’ areas of Blackburn making voting now seem unworthy of the effort. Giving finger prints may now be the only way to overcome the dishonesty.

What a mess Blackburn with Darwen has become now that the majority within it has given up!
Voting figures always give the impression of being predictably biased within the many ‘safe seat’ areas of Blackburn making voting now seem unworthy of the effort. Giving finger prints may now be the only way to overcome the dishonesty. What a mess Blackburn with Darwen has become now that the majority within it has given up! blackburnwithdarwen

2:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

The Bank of England is to introduce plastic banknotes that can survive a spin in a washing machine by 2016.

Surely that will just encourage money laundering ?
The Bank of England is to introduce plastic banknotes that can survive a spin in a washing machine by 2016. Surely that will just encourage money laundering ? makaveli96

5:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Viv says...

According to the 2011 Census data nearly 1 in 5 people in Blackburn with Darwen (18.1%) do not have a passport - the majority of these are likely to be older people and those people on low or very low incomes - this proposal could have a very real effect of dis-enfranchising whole sections of the population.
According to the 2011 Census data nearly 1 in 5 people in Blackburn with Darwen (18.1%) do not have a passport - the majority of these are likely to be older people and those people on low or very low incomes - this proposal could have a very real effect of dis-enfranchising whole sections of the population. Viv

7:53pm Thu 9 Jan 14

drunken donut says...

Third world cultures imported into what used to be the most democratic country in the world, result, people elected into office through fraud.
Third world cultures imported into what used to be the most democratic country in the world, result, people elected into office through fraud. drunken donut

3:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

louderfasterlonger says...

drunken donut wrote:
Third world cultures imported into what used to be the most democratic country in the world, result, people elected into office through fraud.
Very good drunken doughnut, but in cases where investigations take place, no evidence is ever found. Election fraud is a phallacy dreamt up by sore losers.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Third world cultures imported into what used to be the most democratic country in the world, result, people elected into office through fraud.[/p][/quote]Very good drunken doughnut, but in cases where investigations take place, no evidence is ever found. Election fraud is a phallacy dreamt up by sore losers. louderfasterlonger

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