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Friday, March 04, 2005

Electoral Fraud in Birmingham?

John Hemming is providing interesting and informative up-dates on his blog of the special election courts investigating alleged widescale abuse of the postal voting system in Birmingham at the last local elections. The details in this Telegraph report however, are frankly shocking. No doubt further information will come out as the court cases continue.

The whole situation has huge and serious ramifications for the forthcoming General Election, as well as for the future of the postal voting regime as it is currently structured. It is also a condemnation of a Labour Government that rushed into implementing postal voting experiments, whilst ignoring warnings from the Electoral Commission and others about the implications for the security and the secrecy of the ballot. There has to be a fundamental review as soon as possible if we are to avoid having the integrity of our electoral process undermined further.
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