While Lutfur Rahman’s enemies cheered at the High Court ruling that barred him from office for electoral fraud and the arcane charge of ‘spiritual influence’, two stories of possible electoral malfeasance appeared in the last few days.
The first was an apparent printing error that omitted the names of the Labour and Green Parties but included a candidate who claims to represent the long-defunct Social Democratic Party.
The BBC reports:
More than 480 postal ballot papers have been sent out without the names of the Green and Labour Party candidates.
Labour’s Karl Turner and the Green Party’s Sarah Walpole were not on the list for the Hull East constituency.
The Independent reports:
We often think electoral fraud and vote-rigging only happens in so-called Third World countries. If it happened in the United States in 2000 and 2004, then it can happen here.
Isn’t it time international observers came and oversaw our elections?