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NEWS: Judge Rules: British Local Elections Rigged

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posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 08:04 AM
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Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC has upheld claims by the People's Justice Party that local elections in Birmingham were rigged. The election has been declared void and the six seats won by Tony Blair's Labour party have to be voted for again. The Government has dismissed the accusations of vote rigging as "scaremongering" and have insisted that the postal vote process is working fine.
 



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Mr Mawrey said evidence of "massive, systematic and organised fraud" in the campaign had made "a mockery" of the election and ruled that not less than 1,500 had been cast fraudulently in the city.

The deputy high court judge said the system was "hopelessly insecure" and expressed regret that recent warnings about the failings had been dismissed by the government as "scaremongering".

He criticised the government's insistence that the current postal voting system was working, adding: "Anybody who has sat through the case I have just tried and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic would find this statement surprising."


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This is a damning verdict and is extremely worrying considering a General Election is to be announced tomorrow. The General Election was to be called today with Tony Blair seeking an audience with the Queen to dissolve Parliament. However the process has been delayed as a mark of respect for the late Pontiff.

The current postal voting system is woefully inadequate and virtually invites electoral fraud. The fact that six labour representatives have been found guilty of massive vote rigging should send a clear warning to the British public that we are under deliberate attack from our politicians.

First we have control order laws passed whereby we can be held indefinately in our homes with limited to no contact to the outside World. There is no proof offered and no court to clear yourself in.

Now we have evidence of massive electoral fraud being carried out by the Labour Party in Birmingham. Is it unreasonable to assume that this is a prelude of whats to come in the General Election and just the beginning of the Western Worlds' descent into Police States?

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posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 02:20 PM
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The original sory does raise some genuine concerns which we all need to be aware of. It's important the election system is kept open and fair.

The tone of the post however is going too far. This is nothing to do with Government control and an end to democracy.

It's a group of people who abused their position in their own community to help swing the ballot their way in a local council election.

I remember at the time of the election last year stories circulated that in asian areas of Birmingham, postal votes were being collected by "community leaders" for posting. This gave an opportunity for fixing of votes.



posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 02:38 PM
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Thats fine but why does Labour continue to say that there is nothing wrong with the postal system and doesnt intend to change the system?

Its obviously far to easy to corrupt this system but the government doesnt seem to care.



posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 02:52 PM
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I think the Labour Government is embarrassed by the whole thing. They pushed postal voting as a means to improve the voting figures. Local elections in particular get low turnouts.

Then again, aren't they right in a sense? The system is fair as long as citizens take responsibility for their own voting paper and post it themselves without anyone 'helping' them.




 
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