As a result of the electoral corruption endemic in Tower Hamlets during recent years, in the run up to the General Election on 8th June 2017 (tomorrow!) the Metropolitan Police have worked closely with the Electoral Commission, HMIC, and the Council to ensure it “plays its part to protect the integrity of the electoral process.”
Which is nice.
You can see all your voting choices here: Tower Hamlets General Election 2017 candidates
In the run up to the election, and on the day itself, there will be a robust policing plan in place in Tower Hamlets. This will include additional officers on duty based at polling stations.
A key aspect of the plan will be exclusion zones around polling stations to eliminate intimidation. So if the usual thugs employed by certain political ‘groups’ could stay at home it would save everyone a lot of bother.
How to report electoral crime
Anyone with any information about potential election fraud or malpractice is asked to pass that to police so it can be investigated. Email the Met Police Special Enquiry Team (SET) at SETelections@met.police.uk, call 101, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 who will pass the information on to Tower Hamlets Police.
Below is a summary of election related allegations provided to us by the Met as of 06 June.
The SET have now received a total of 28 notifications/allegations Met Wide in relation to the UKPGE 2017.
Of these 11 relate specifically to Tower Hamlets. (The chart shows the additional allegations as well as those sent out previously).
|Number||Report format||Allegation||Reported By||SET Update|
|1||Crime report||Crimestoppers allegation of fraudulent voter registration at an address||Anonymous||SET in contact with LBTH. Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|2||Crime report||Allegation of Undue Influence Sec 115 RPA||Member of Public||Complainant contacted. Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|3||Crime report||Breach of Purdah rules by rival candidate||Councillor||Complainant contacted. Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|4||Crime report||Breach of Purdah rules. Use of school for campaigning by rival candidate||Councillor||Complainant contacted. Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|5||Crime report||Complaint about use of unregistered political party details on an election leaflet||Member of Public||Complainant contacted. Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|6||Crime report||Breach of Purdah rules at LBTH event by rival candidate||Councillor||Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|7||Crime report||Breach of Purdah rules at LBTH event by rival candidate||Councillor||Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|8||Intel report||Potential for expenses declaration breach by rival candidate||Councillor||Assessment being conducted. Any breach will not be identified until expenses returns submitted post election. Ongoing.|
|9||Crime report||Imprint offence by rival candidate||Councillor||Assessment conducted. Electoral Commission advised no offence. Warning Letter issued. Complete.|
|10||Crime report||Allegation of False Statement re Candidate Sec 106 RPA||Councillor||Assessment being conducted. Ongoing.|
|11||Intel report||Concerns re a public meeting scheduled to be held post UKPGE.||Member of Public||Assessment conducted. No electoral offences apparent. Recorded for intelligence purposes. Complete.|
For more information
- Tower Hamlets Elections 2017 Current Police Situation Report 23rd May
- Tower Hamlets General Election 2017 candidates
- Representation of the People Act (1983)
- Elections and Voting (Tower Hamlets Council)
- Electoral Commission