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Electoral Commission points finger at media on people’s concerns over electoral fraud

Commenting on the newly published review into allegations of electoral malpractice in the 2011 elections, the Electoral Commission had this to say:

Over 39 million votes were cast during the [May 2011] election period, but only 224 cases of alleged electoral malpractice were reported to the police. Of these cases, 99 required no further police action and none have been shown to have affected the outcome of any election or referendum.

Despite the relatively low level of allegations, 36% of people believe electoral fraud is a ‘very big’ or ‘fairly big’ problem. These people, however, were more likely to have seen stories in the media about fraud than those who said it was not a very big problem or a problem at all (49% v 32%). The Commission plans further research to better understand why voters are so concerned.

 

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