Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Vote Fraud Arrests on Eve of UK Election

(London Times) Police investigating allegations of postal voting fraud this morning made a second arrest, as candidates gave warning of a rash of legal challenges to general election results.

After The Times revealed evidence of potential vote-rigging, police arrested a 38-year-old-man in Bradford yesterday came. A second suspect, aged 51, was detained this morning. Detectives say they expect to make more arrests.

Meanwhile candidates in Hereford, a Tory target, gave warning of a legal challenge if the result is close, after big delays in sending out postal ballot papers. Paul Keetch, the Liberal Democrat candidate who is defending a 968 majority, said that hundreds of ballot papers had still not turned up or were sent out after people had gone on holiday.

"If the result is close, Herefordshire council may well face a legal challenge to the outcome of this election," Mr Keetch said.


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