Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Electoral fraud investigated across England

Postal voteBritain's banana republic postal voting system is back in action, with fraud suspected in councils across the country:

Last week in Birmingham a Liberal Democrat councillor and his wife were arrested and bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. Senior politicians have also raised concerns about five other cases, including one at an old people's home. In London, special branch is investigating election fraud allegations in eight boroughs.

Yesterday Mr Whitby, a Conservative, said "peculiar anomalies" in postal voting patterns in several local wards were being scrutinised. The number of postal vote applications in the city has fallen from more than 70,000 in last year's general election to fewer than 60,000, yet there were increases of up to 30% in five wards.

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