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House of Commons Hansard
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Absent Voting: Fraud
06 March 2007
Volume 457

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To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people prevented from voting in a polling station due to postal vote fraud in the 2006 local elections. [123947]

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The Electoral Commission informs me that it has made no such estimate because there is currently no central record of allegations of postal voting malpractice, or of investigations and prosecutions.

The Commission is arranging with Returning Officers, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to collate information on electoral malpractice centrally to enable statistics to be compiled.