Fraud: Elections

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what anti-fraud measures will be in place for the (a) English local elections, (b) Welsh elections and (c) Greater London Authority elections in May 2008 to prevent postal voting fraud and electoral registration fraud.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced a range of new anti-fraud measures that came into force in time for the May 2007 elections and apply to English local elections, Welsh local and Assembly elections and Greater London authority elections held thereafter. They include:

The introduction of personal identifiers for postal voters, which will help to ensure that postal voting is safe and secure.

The new offence of falsely applying for a postal or proxy vote.

Allowing any individual to object to another person's registration details at any time.

Allowing an electoral registration officer (ERO) to initiate and conduct a review of a person's registration at any time.

Creating a new criminal offence of supplying false information or failing to supply information to the ERO at any time.

Giving the police more time to carry out investigations into electoral fraud (they may apply to court to have the normal one year limit for bringing prosecutions increased to two years).

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