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Statement on Election Court Result

Following the decision of the Commissioner to disqualify 6 Labour Councillors for Election Fraud John Hemming has issued the following statement:

The Commissioner has made it clear that the current system is wide open to fraud. The Government can make a simple action through a Statutory Instrument so that we can identify where fraud affects the election results. This is to count the postal votes separately from the non-postal votes. That is not in any way a full solution, but it is a solution that could be implemented in time for the General Election. They must act.

The Labour Party in Birmingham have a further issue. These were not the only Labour Councillors elected as a result of fraud. There were others. What are Labour going to do about this?

We have shown in Birmingham that we are serious about acting against Election Fraud. We need the Government to show that they are serious as well. Postal vote Fraud has been reported in Birmingham, Sandwell, Woking, Guildford, Reading, Blackburn and Bradford in recent weeks. This is a national problem and needs a national solution.

Comments

Fran Oborski said…
Sorry John but I reckon there are also serious issues in Birmingham about the competence of your Returning Officer in allowing bags of PVs to be brought in.
I've spoken to other Returning Officers who were horrified at her actions.

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