The pair were caught by their stupidity. They submitted proxy voting forms implying that hundreds of voters in the poorest corner of Burnley, largely populated by immigrants and pensioners, would be unable to vote in person because they were simultaneously taking lengthy foreign holidays. The returning officer smelt a rat and called in the police.
So if they'd been a bit more canny, they probably wouldn't have been sussed. It makes me wonder why automatic checks aren't in place to keep such people honest. It also makes me wonder how many (much more astute) politicians have got away with it.
There is a similar problem in other countries. Recently Russian TV reported about a ring of corruptioners (ethnically Azeris). It included several policmen (including a head of local police station), head of local adminictration, members of local council, criminals, traders and so on. They organised a channel for illegal immigrants. Many were granted Russian citizenship. The whole villages I believe arrived in Russia. This criminal ring faked a documents for newcomers for appartments of poor lone Russian pensioners. Many of them disappeared.
What I have trouble believing is the last sentence in that article. This pair were convicted of a crime which, whilst not as serious as some, is still serious enough that I hope the court is considering jail terms for both.
Then they get let out on bail. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't these two now have every incentive to disappear?
They submitted proxy voting forms implying that hundreds of voters in the poorest corner of Burnley, largely populated by immigrants and pensioners, would be unable to vote in person because they were simultaneously taking lengthy foreign holidays
Custodial sentence at least I would hope. They're not Labour councillors, so there's every chance of it happening. Good. Maybe the EC can administer punitive fines as well.
I've made the point over and over again everytime we have these discussions. Postal fraud is rampant in this community. Those of you who've been here long enough will remember the last discussion on "creative voting" in Brumistan.
The last legthy discussion we had on this was concerning this case
"The case comes only days after the Council of Europe sent human rights inspectors to England to see the scale of election fraud.
The scandal is the latest to arise from Tony Blairâs decision to improve turnout at elections by giving everyone the right to vote by post."
Britian NEVER had a case on the mainland where the parlimentry vote was suspect.
This matter is the one for which Blur must never be forgotten and must stand as his LEGACY.
European Inspectors judgeing on a British Election, this what it has now come down to
Hanging would be too good.