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Electoral fraud claims in UK elections

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posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:34 PM
Allegations of electoral fraud have overshadowed the end of campaigning for the European and local elections.

The claims being investigated by police in Lancashire and Manchester are that some voters have been intimidated into handing over their blank ballot papers

Others have been forced to vote for a particular party, it is claimed.

The Tories say Labour is playing "fast and loose" with democracy by holding large scale post voting trials. Labour counters that turnout has risen.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:42 PM
this is bush's fault! (just thought i'd beat everyone else to this thread and give the same tired phrase used in every thread where something questionable is reported.)

oh wait, this is in the UK, guess we cant blame republicans diebold or bush can we? cest dommage!

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:55 PM
Will be swept under the rug, watch.

Too much complacency on the Isle...sie la vie

It is enough that the people know there was an election.
The people who cast the votes decide nothing.
The people who count the votes decide everything.
---Joseph Stalin

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 04:15 PM
You're right, people are really complacent about elections in the UK (particularly European and local elections).

I was thrilled when at 18 I was allowed to vote for the first time, but young people don't seem to have that much interest now. Why is this?

This is bound to be brushed under the carpet, just like every other scandal involving the Blair government. How does the slippery serpent manage to get away with it so often?

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 04:26 PM

Originally posted by ThePrankMonkey
guess we cant blame republicans diebold or bush can we?

Give me time, I'll find a way - for the moment, let's just accept that the whole idea of ruthlessly abusing postal ballots came from Bush in 2000, shall we?

In all seriousness, this is a disgraceful turn of affairs. As much as I hate to say it, Michael Ancram is right - Labour has betrayed their democratic responsibility to the people of this country by conducting the irresponsible "tests".

The real crime, though, is that whatever happens now, the results of the election will be tainted. That can only increase voter apathy - and that is the very last thing we need!

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