Fraud: Elections

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for electoral fraud there were in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of people prosecuted for electoral fraud under the Representation of the People Act 1983, in England and Wales, 2001 to 2005 are shown in the following table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for electoral fraud under the Representation of the People Act 1983 England and Wales, 2001 to 2005( 1,2)
Statute Offence 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Representation of the People Act 1983 Sec 113, 114, 115. Bribery. Treating. Undue influence. 7 1 2 5
Representation of the People Act 1983 Sec 60. Personation. 9 1 1 1
Total 16 2 3 6
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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