Electoral Registers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th May 2009.

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Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 2:30 pm, 5th May 2009

We can never be complacent about any incident of fraud whatever. However, it is worth reminding the hon. Gentleman that just last week the Electoral Commission and the Association of Chief Police Officers produced a report on the 2008 elections, which concluded that they were

"free from major incidents of electoral fraud".

The report conducted by the Electoral Commission and ACPO, shows that there is a steady decline in the allegations of such malpractice—but we cannot be complacent even about a single incident, and we are not. That is why, in the Electoral Administration Act 2006, we brought in a raft of measures to tackle fraud. It is also one of the reasons why we are bringing in individual registration. We will never be complacent about a single incident, but we have to accept—I hope that the hon. Gentleman will accept this—that in this country, such incidents are, fortunately, few and limited.

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Garry Lelliott
Posted on 6 May 2009 4:25 pm (Report this annotation)

Michael Wills didn't actually specify his level of confidence. Incidentally, I believe the Electoral Administration Act 2006 came into being after Labour supporters were found to be rigging postal votes. I seem to remember a report that blasted our postal voting system at the time and labelled it "no better than that of a banana republic". Given the dire straits that Labour are in, and the whipping they expect in both the European and local elections, don't be surprised to read about large-scale vote-rigging after the event. Gordon Brown has coveted the job of PM for so long, it has become apparent that he is prepared to sink to any depth to cling on to the reigns of power.