Thursday, January 18, 2007

Damning report released on Electoral Commission

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has released a damning report on the performance of the Electoral Commission (via Open Rights Group). Committee chairman Sir Alistair Graham said:

“Evidence to our inquiry demonstrated that the Commission should have shown greater focus and courage in alerting the risk to the integrity of the electoral process from legislative changes, principally the lack of safeguards against electoral fraud with the introduction of postal voting on demand. "

The Commission has also played a very weak role in warning of the problems of electronic voting, allowing a range of government trials to go ahead. Hopefully Sir Alistair's recommendations for radical reform will be implemented and we will see a much more proactive approach to electoral fraud in future.

If you want to find out more about e-voting, ORG is holding a week of events from 6 February.

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