Thursday, June 09, 2005

UK MP claims election was rigged,9061,1502411,00.html

George Galloway claimed on 8 June 2005 that the general election in Bethnal Green and Bow may have involved "thousands" of fraudulent votes.

Galloway was giving evidence to a London Assembly electoral review committee.

Galloway said: "My suspicion is that there were many hundreds and perhaps in the low thousands of people on the register in Bethnal Green and Bow who should not be for one reason or other...

"It became clear to us during the course of the campaign that somebody was involved in a major operation to bloat the electoral register with non-existent electors as part of a dirty tricks operation. All of our original fears were not only vindicated but found to be merely the tip of the iceberg...

"Tower Hamlets council is in the grip of a corrupt political culture run by New Labour, ruthlessly using bullying, blackmail, postal votes operations - all the black arts you could imagine...

"The borough of Tower Hamlets runs its elections in a way that would disgrace a banana republic...

"We have example after example of people being warned that if they display posters for anyone but New Labour their grants would be withdrawn or jobs lost. It has been put around Brick Lane that anyone coming to me with an immigration case will be deported."

According to Galloway:

At one address in Brick Lane 14 people who did not live there had been registered to vote.

200 polling cards were sent to residents at a former nursing home in Mile End which is now used as offices.

Heads of households cast numerous votes on behalf of relatives.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "We have received a formal allegation of electoral fraud in the constituency.

"Detectives are consulting with the Crown Prosecution Service to ascertain if any possible offence has been disclosed that would require further investigation."

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