Judge Richard Mawreey QC has ruled that the Labour party were heavily involved in vote rigging when six councillors were elected in the controversial postal vote in Birmingham. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4406575.stm Judge upholds vote-rigging claims A judge investigating vote-rigging in Birmingham's local elections has ruled there was "widespread fraud", and has ordered new elections. Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC upheld allegations of postal fraud relating to six seats won by Labour in the ballot of June 10 last year. "The system is wide open to fraud and any would-be political fraudster knows that," Mr Mawrey said. The results have been declared void and the polls in the wards must be rerun. The commissioner has confirmed our fear that there is every likelihood that the forthcoming General Election will be blighted by postal vote fraud Mr Mawrey said evidence of "massive, systematic and organised fraud" in the campaign had made "a mockery" of the election and ruled that not less than 1,500 had been cast fraudulently in the city. The deputy high court judge said the system was "hopelessly insecure" and expressed regret that recent warnings about the failings had been dismissed by the government as "scaremongering". He criticised the government's insistence that the current postal voting system was working, adding: "Anybody who has sat through the case I have just tried and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic would find this statement surprising." The Electoral Reform Society said urgent action was needed to protect and maintain confidence in the voting system. A spokesman said: "We accept postal voting as part of the modern electoral process, but we believe that it must be managed in an efficient manner with little risk of fraud. "We do not believe that electoral fraud is confined to Birmingham, to the Labour Party or, most importantly, to particular communities."