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More evidence of voter fraud in east London

I have written before about evidence of massive voter fraud in Tower Hamlets and the pathetic response of the police and the Electoral Commission.

A report (£) in the Sunday Times this morning suggests it could also be a problem in Newham:

"Conservative party workers examined 41 addresses with eight residents or more in Newham and estimated that as many as 200 registered voters were not in fact living there.

Council officials said they had been conducting their own checks and as a result several people registered to vote on May 3 would be deleted from the roll.

Peter Golds, a Tory councillor, said: “I strongly believe that in some cases the electoral register is being packed with voters for the purpose of electoral fraud."

Tower Hamlets has seen a sharp rise since the last election both in the number of voters on the register and the proportion with postal votes. In 2004 while Ken Livingstone won across London his vote in the Spitalfields Ward was 29.6%. Although in 2008 he lost across London, his vote in the Spitalfields Ward bucked the trend to a suspicious extent - it rose to 68.4%.

There is also concern over intimidation in that ward where there was a Council byelection on Thursday after a councillor was imprisoned for housing benefit fraud.

In the Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan writes:

"One voter, Fatima Begum, who lives in the ward, said: "People working for Gulam Robbani came and collected my husband's postal vote."

A second voter in Brune House, Husneara Khanam, said that Mr Robbani's workers had collected her and her husband's vote.

A third resident took a picture of one of Mr Rahman's councillors, Aminur Khan, holding a sheaf of papers which the resident said were ballot papers. Mr Khan categorically denied last night that he had been involved in collecting any ballot papers.

There is also evidence of apparent "ghost voting" at the block with as many as eight voters - all with postal votes - registered in some flats.

The Electoral Commission's code of conduct on postal votes says that party activists "should not touch or handle anyone else's ballot paper" and "it is absolutely clear that anyone acting on behalf of a party should not solicit the collection of any ballot paper".


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