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Police on alert as watchdog fears rise in fraud at general election

Publié par Clifford Armion le 14/01/2010

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"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 21/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/police-on-alert-as-watchdog-fears-rise-in-fraud-at-general-election