Electoral Fraud Review Published

October 9, 2016 12:17 PM

This time last year the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion (Sir Eric Pickles) launched a nation-wide call for evidence on electoral fraud. His report and its 50 recommendations have recently been published on the Government's website. It recommends a wide range of changes so that fraud is made much more difficult to do.

To quote the report, "our well-respected democracy is at threat from unscrupulous people intent on subverting the will of the electorate to put their own candidates into power, and in turn, manipulate local authority policy and funding to their own self-centred ends. This is something that we must do our utmost to guard against and to have measures in place to discourage and prevent."

"Electoral fraud and corruption is intertwined with other forms of crime as well. Local authorities have a large procurement role. A group of people who cheat their way to power are unlikely to hold a higher moral standard when handing out public contracts, or when making quasi-judicial decisions on planning and licensing. Electoral registration fraud is connected with financial crime and illegal immigration."

Danielle Lind said, "We Liberal Democrats are very pleased that, at long last, the Government is taking the issue of electoral fraud seriously."