Campaign to combat electoral fraud

Ballot boxes are carried into the hall at the Richard Dunn Centre, Bradford,  for counting in the 2015 General Election.  7 May 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Ballot boxes are carried into the hall at the Richard Dunn Centre, Bradford, for counting in the 2015 General Election. 7 May 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Voters are being urged not to stand for electoral fraud in the lead up to the elections next month.

Charity Crimestoppers and the Electoral Commission have together launched a campaign to educate the public about the signs of fraud, and encourage them to report anything that may be an offence.

The organisations have provided returning officers across Derbyshire with posters for polling stations across the region. Posts detailing the different types of fraud and how to report it will also be promoted on Facebook and Twitter.

The campaign comes as a recent report from the Electoral Commission revealed there were 481 cases of alleged electoral fraud recorded by the police in the UK last year.

Mark Hallas, CEO of Crimestoppers, said: “Although the number of electoral fraud cases reported last year is relatively low, we can’t be complacent and we believe it is important to continue to raise awareness of the issue.

“Voters across the UK will be heading to the polling stations on Thursday 5 May - they have a right to vote for whoever they want and be confident that their vote counts.

“Electoral fraud is a crime and it is our duty to help bring to justice those who are responsible for it but also to help to educate the public, so that voters can recognise electoral fraud and report it if they know it’s happening.”

Electoral fraud can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. For more information, visit crimestoppers-uk.org/electoral-fraud.