» Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Postal Ballots

Asked if the Prime Minister had voted by post before departing for the G8 Summit, the PMS said yes. Asked if the Government was concerned about new evidence of voting fraud in the postal ballot pilots, the PMS said that the allegations were being investigated, as you would expect. It went without saying that the Government would be concerned about any illegal activity. If the allegations proved to be true, it could result in criminal proceedings. For example, offences relating to personation carried a penalty of up to two years in prison. We would condemn any attempt to influence the results of elections by fraud or intimidation. In the pilot schemes which had been run in the past, the level of fraud had been no higher than in the more traditional way of voting. We would have to wait until after tomorrow’s elections before the latest figures could be compiled.

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