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Misleading Election Material

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough

To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect on turnout of the distribution of deliberately wrong information in election material.

Photo of Alan Beith Alan Beith Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

I understand from the Chairman that the Commission has made no assessment of the effect on turnout of the distribution of deliberately wrong information in election material. The publication of false statements of fact in relation to a candidate may amount to an illegal practice under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and should be reported to the police.

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