Electoral Commission “Will only Have Vote Fraud Statistics in 2011”
The Electoral Commission has shocked observers by admitting that it will only have statistics on the amount of vote fraud committed in the previous election “sometime in 2011,” a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by British National Party South Wales super activist Roger Phillips has revealed.
Mr Phillips, already well-known as a thorn in the establishment’s side for his devastating “Wembley immigration invasion” video and other activities, submitted an FOI to the Electoral Commission (EC) on 10 May 2010.
Mr Phillips wrote that in “the recent general election the national media exposed a possibility of postal voting frauds in several wards.
“In light of the election being so close, why was this not investigated before voting was allowed? And how many investigations are being carried out regarding this issue and what is the progress of these investigations?”
By 7 June 2010, the EC had not bothered to respond — as they are legally obliged to — and Mr Phillips wrote to them once again asking why they had not fulfilled their legal duty.
The answer which Mr Phillips received from the EC the very next day contained the admission that the EC seems to be less than enthusiastic in tracking down the large-scale electoral fraud committed in this year’s election.
“We are awaiting comprehensive figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), who are collating figures on a rolling basis from the force SPOC officers across the UK of all police investigations currently being carried out relating to cases of electoral malpractice,” wrote Tom Hawthorn, Head of Electoral Policy for the EC.
“Most election related police investigations are on-going and at various stages of completion. It will be some time before an accurate picture emerges of allegations where an offence is proven to have taken place and the offender has been tried in court and those allegations that are unfounded or unsubstantiated,” Mr Hawthorn wrote.
“Jointly with ACPO, we will be publishing our analysis of cases of alleged electoral malpractice reported to the police early in 2011, and we will also be releasing interim figures in our statutory report on the elections in July when the picture will be clearer.”
The EC’s relaxed attitude contrasts strongly with the previously reported comments by international observer and Oxford historian Mark Almond who described the 2010 election was one of the “most shambolic, incompetent and fraudulent elections Britain has ever witnessed.”
Mr Almond, who is also Visiting Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, has said in a newspaper article that “ingenious fraudsters” from the “minority communities” have committed massive registration fraud.
According to Mr Almond, “New Labour turned voter registration into a free-for-all. Coupled with unfettered immigration, keeping accurate electoral records was thus reduced to little more than guesswork.
“Ingenious fraudsters — usually in minority communities — were soon competing to see who could squeeze the most imaginary voters into one property.”