Stop UK Election Fraud Now

CSM EDITORIAL

This General Election compared to the last has vast swathes of the public waking up to the nastiness of what used to be the Labour Party. This time around even young voters who were dismissed as Year Zero Corbynites in 2017 are discussing antisemitism and the IRA. This is a massively positive development which will hopefully lead to an enlightened choice on December 12th. However much some people detest the Tories they fear more being classed as one of Labour’s Hard Left racists.

Whole sections of British society – British Indians, the working class and in particular Brexiteers – are now cognisant of the hijacking of the Labour Party by Corbyn and his Hard Left cronies, deciding to give their vote to others who love rather than hate Britain.

Which puts a massive burden on the police this year to make sure the General Election is seen to be fair.

Voters heading to the polls next month for the General Election will not need to bring ID with them – despite trials already taking place. In 2018, five towns – including Gosport – had a voter ID trial during the local elections, which was considered a success in a report by the Electoral Commission. But regardless of the apparent success of this trial, voter ID will not be implemented at the upcoming General Election on December 12th.

As no doubt happened at the Peterborough by-election in June, election fraud is widely expected at this General Election. That is unacceptable in first world Britain. And it doesn’t take a clairvoyant to suspect the locations where election fraud is due. It is where the Labour Party operates its block votes – often in the form of postal votes from religious groupings and students, who we know are most likely to vote twice and for Labour. We also know of places like Torbay and Kensington where the votes of the dead have been used before. The criminality is not always Labour’s – other parties in rotten boroughs have perpetrated electoral fraud to ensure victory.

As The Sun revealed on Wednesday Labour-controlled Plymouth Council broke the law by registering 850 students without their permission. Plymouth council had been notified of an administrative error which had placed approximately 850 students and under-17s on the electoral register without their knowledge. A further 352 students had received their polling cards from the Labour council without requesting them.

Such exposure of electoral criminality is very welcome. It’s good for public confidence in the General Election.

Electoral malpractice used to be relatively rare in the UK, but the allegations of irregularities involving postal votes, bribery and corruption in the Peterborough by-election once again cast the spotlight on this issue and its relation to voters from the South Asian community. This was after a report by the Electoral Commission published in 2014 identified 16 local authority areas, including Peterborough, where there was a greater risk of cases of alleged electoral fraud being reported. These were all areas which are known to have a significant South Asian presence and the authors reported receiving strongly held views about electoral fraud being ‘more likely to be committed by or in support of candidates standing for election in areas which are largely or predominately populated by some South Asian communities, specifically those with roots in parts of Pakistan or Bangladesh.’

The Electoral Commission subsequently commissioned a report about Understanding Electoral Fraud Vulnerability in Pakistani and Bangladeshi Origin Communities. The authors identified seven main sources of vulnerability to fraud and recommended several solutions including stricter and more transparent guidelines to political parties and candidates on postal vote handling. Just a few months later, this issue became national news when the Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets was removed from office after he was found guilty of electoral fraud. The case also prompted the government to ask Sir Eric Pickles to carry out an independent review into electoral fraud. A series of 50 recommendations were outlined in the report, including clamping down on postal vote ‘harvesting’ by political activists. Subsequent research also outlined how community leaders or elders can ‘take advantage of the postal voting on demand system to commit personation and tamper with ballots.’

The Electoral Commission is a chocolate teapot and the public doesn’t trust it at all. It is down to the police – where postal vote fraud and use of fake votes is suspected – to step in now and oversee counts. This may well be a case of one police force being sent into a distant area – like how the IOPC operates – so no local tampering can occur. Corbyn and his Britain-hating rabble will not try to win this election fairly, nor legally. That much should have long been obvious.