Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Election fraud allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of 'political correctness', report warns

' "Abuses of postal voting on demand were noted too often be carried out in communities where an individual's right to vote in secret and exercise free choice may not be fully valued. Evidence was presented of pressure being put on vulnerable members of some ethnic minority communities, particularly women and young people, to vote according to the will of the elders, especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi background.

"There were concerns that influence and intimidation within households may not be reported, and that state institutions had turned a blind eye to such behaviour because of 'politically correct' over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion."

Sir Eric also calls for a ban on political activists handling postal ballots to stop "vote harvesting", when people offer to take people's ballots to the station for them but encourage them to back a particular candidate.

He also calls for individual postal votes to be reviewed every three years so that "absent voting" is no longer "institutionalised".'

You can read more about Eric Pickles' report from 2016 here

Did anything change as a result of this report? Did the BBC cover the report? Will matters get worse?

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