A dozen voters have been registered to the home of a Labour candidate in an East End of London borough where police are investigating allegations of electoral malpractice.
The number registered to vote at the home of Khales Uddin Ahmed, running to be a councillor in Tower Hamlets, has risen from five to twelve in recent weeks. But a neighbour said that only three people live in the maisonette on a council estate in Bromley-by-Bow.
It is one of several cases where new names have been suddenly added to the voting register as living at addresses occupied by Labour candidates in the borough, which has a history of allegations of voting irregularities.
The Times article goes on to detail numerous other suspected abuses. Whilst some have commented that this type of tactic seems to be most adopted by a certain ethicity, I would not dream of discriminating in any way.
All I would point out is that, for a short time, we had a mechanism that would have seriously reduced the incidence of this kind of... er... creative voter registration.
It was commonly known as the Poll Tax...