Police on alert as watchdog fears rise in fraud at general election
"This year's general election could be marred by more allegations of electoral fraud than ever before as intensely tight margins of victory give rise to a greater temptation for party members to bend the rules, the election watchdog warns today.
"The Electoral Commission says the combination of local elections in large metropolitan areas, the knife-edge general election and a high number of new candidates could lead to more claims of fraudulent votes or unfair campaigning practices this year.
"The warning comes in a report of an inquiry into fraud in last year's local and European elections by the commission. It reveals very few cases of malpractice - just 107 allegations out of 22m votes cast. Allegations included claims of people personating other people to cast a vote or register to vote, officials tampering with ballot papers and bribery."
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"Police on alert as watchdog fears rise in fraud at general election", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2010. Consulté le 04/03/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/police-on-alert-as-watchdog-fears-rise-in-fraud-at-general-election