Be aware of electoral fraud and report it

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Independent charity Crimestoppers and the Electoral Commission are calling on the public to be aware of the threat of electoral fraud, as the UK prepares for a General Election on Thursday June 8.

The three-week campaign highlights the tell-tale signs of electoral fraud.

This includes intimidating or bribing voters, stealing postal or proxy votes, voting as someone else, tampering with ballot papers or postal ballot packs, or asking someone to reveal their marked ballot paper.

During 2016, police forces across the UK recorded a total of 260 alleged electoral fraud allegations.

This resulted in two convictions and six people being cautioned.

Mark Hallas, CEO of charity Crimestoppers, said: “Electoral fraud damages the UK’s tradition of free and fair elections, which is respected across the world. Incidents of people trying to unduly or illegally influence or rig the outcome of a ballot – or simply not playing by the rules – undermines the public’s trust and is a crime, which is why our independent charity is here to take information on electoral fraud anonymously.

“To ensure the election is conducted to the highest standards, Crimestoppers is working closely with the Electoral Commission and police who take voting offences extremely seriously.

“Anyone with information can contact us 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use our non-traceable online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.”