Postal vote fraud rocks Birmingham by-election in Sparkbrook

Police are investigating the worst outbreak of voter fraud at a Birmingham City Council election for five years.

Almost 400 postal votes cast at Thursday’s Sparkbrook ward by-election – a third of the total issued – were rejected as likely forgeries.

Council officials, backed by the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, called in the police after saying they suspected an organised plot to influence the result of the by-election, which was won by Respect candidate Shokat Ali.

In 2004, Birmingham was likened to a “banana republic” by Elections Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC, who investigated hundreds of forged ballot papers at that year’s city council elections.

Birmingham Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said those behind the alleged fraud at Sparkbrook had attempted to destroy the electoral process.

Sir Albert added: “Nearly 400 postal vote ballot papers were rejected because of inconsistencies in either the date of birth or the signature of the elector.

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One thought on “Postal vote fraud rocks Birmingham by-election in Sparkbrook

  1. But Labour KNOW that fraud is committed on a large scale with these postal votes. Makes you wonder if they really want to preserve the democratic process.

    As the article says, they had enough warning that things were not right in Birmingham polls.

    Postal voting should revert to what it was before Labour tried to secure its votes by this lazy, insecure method of voting. Only those who CANNOT get to the ballot box, either through ill-health or because they are serving their Country overseas should be entitled to a postal vote.


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