ACPO lead on Electoral Fraud

The ACPO have issued a statement with regard to electoral
fraud, which whilst we welcome their lead, leaves me with the thought that they
are still following the government line that the new untried, untested and
failed voting systems are somehow going to reduce the instances of fraud. 

The ACPO
statement:

“Guidance on
preventing and tackling electoral fraud has been sent to all forces in the
UK. The Association of Chief Police Officers,
and the Electoral Commission have drawn up a joint protocol and each force is
actively engaged with supporting the democratic process.

“There is little evidence of fraud on a major scale but as always by promoting
best practice and learning from previous experiences we can reduce the
opportunities for fraud. We continue to educate the community on how to look
after their vote and to support the democratic process by tackling those who
would seek to undermine it.

“No one involved in the elections can be under any misapprehension as to their
obligations. While confident that additional measures to tighten up voting
processes have reduced the potential for fraud, we are still vigilant and
prepared to investigate where evidence of wrong doing emerges.”

 

I am not quite sure how these new systems have reduced the
potential for fraud, as I am sure that the estimated 100,000 voters across the UK
who have been disenfranchised by having their votes rejected (1736
in one case) would question that statement. 

We need to be assured that reported instances of potential fraud
to date, Leeds
and Bristol
are being vigorously investigated in conjunction with the Electoral Commission,
as will any new reports that come to light, and that the results of those
investigations will be made public to ensure that people can see that justice
is being done.

It has been suspicious at the number of results returned to
date that have shown  markedly different outcomes
from press and TV predictions, from the forecasts from electoral experts and
political betting organisations. Such results should be investigated as a
matter of course. 

Another area that should be watched carefully are the
regional votes, to see whether the numbers returned match the first past the
post votes received for the Assembly in Wales and the Scottish Parliament. Any
major disparities should be regarded as suspect and likewise investigated.

 

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