Fair Votes in 2014 – election offences

Since the Labour Government liberalised the use of postal votes, there have now been a number of prosecutions for election offences that point to the simplicity of breaking some of these.

Elections offences are of two types, corrupt practises and illegal practises:

Corrupt Practises:

Bribery
Treating
Undue Influence
Personation
False application

illegal practises:

Multiple voting and proxy voting
Secrecy
False registration information and false postal or proxy voting application

Other general offences:

Making false statement under perjury act
Forgery
Using a false instrument under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
Conspiracy to defraud
Public order offences

8 thoughts on “Fair Votes in 2014 – election offences

    • Think Gary Blinkhorn will not take kindly to any repetition of this particular attempted ‘dirty tricks’ complaint by Akhtar to the Police?
      Why does Akhtar appear to believe, he has a compliant police force willing to do his bidding?
      Perhaps when your best mate is the PCC and you are vice-chairman of the PCP?

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  1. Blair wanted an increase in postal voting because it is not subject to the same scrutiny as voting in person.
    Almost all the worst instances of postal vote fraud since 2000 have happened in seats with large South Asian concentrations, such as Oldham, Blackburn and Tower Hamlets. In 2004, Richard Mawrey QC, presiding over an election court, found six British Asian Labour councillors from Birmingham guilty of corruption that would, he said, “disgrace a banana republic”. He declared that the Government’s introduction of postal voting on demand was “an open invitation to fraud”.

    One of the biggest problems with postal votes is that they don’t guarantee you a secret ballot. What use is the privacy of your own home if you have to fill in the form with your husband or father looking over your shoulder? Or if you are allowed only to sign the form, but have to hand it over to him to cast the vote? The great thing about a polling station is that no one is allowed to enter the cubicle with you.
    Postal votes used to be granted only if voters could show they were unable to get to a polling station. A Home Office Working Party warned in 1994 that “a move to absent voting on demand might increase the opportunity for fraudulent applications to be made without the knowledge of the elector. On balance, we consider that the risk of increased fraud outweighs the potential advantage for the electorate of making absent voting available to all”. But Labour went ahead regardless.

    This information is given to you free of charge.
    You will not find this information on any Labour election leaflet. A free e-pint to the person who explains this lack of honesty.

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  2. If we did not have postal votes we will have few less labour councillors. Four years earlier Cllr. Maroof Hussain went to voters asking them to ‘voting the labour candidate is like voting me’. Would this be wrong!

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  3. The trouble is that one party controlled councils have access to more information about which areas to target early because they are predominantly postal vote areas. We other candidates don’t have access to this information, it also brings in the problem of people being coerced into the use of postal votes who may not be very literate in English, these people are wide open to be used unscrupulously. As with all these kinds of laws that are brought in, such as the anti-terrorists laws, they are misused by those who have no morals. The anti-terrorist laws can be used to find out information on individuals that they have no right to, this in turn can be used by individual councillors to either intimidate ordinary people or election opponents. What we have to do as citizens is to scrutinies very closely the activities going on in the May election, I for one will be keeping a very close eye on the postal vote receipt protocol, we should send out the message loud and clear we will be watching you if you attempt to cheat. .
    Dave Smith

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