"Voting irregularities" just don’t seem to stop in Tower Hamlets. We’ve had the scandal surrounding former mayor Lutfur Rahman, we had police watching over polling stations in this year’s local elections, and now today we’re learning that campaigners are warning of "alleged voting irregularities."
After attending 39 polling stations in Tower Hamlets during the May 3 local elections, the campaigners said that "family voting" was "unacceptably high."
If you’ve never heard of this term, it means families filling out their ballot papers at the same time. This means people voting together, and one person potentially telling another person who to vote for.
According to Democracy Volunteers, almost one in five people at polling stations in Tower Hamlets were engaging in family voting.
Why is this a problem? Well, it shows that there is perhaps some level of undue influence during the voting process. It’s no coincidence that Lutfur Rahman was convicted for malpractice, and yet strange election practices continue in Tower Hamlets. The whole process is corrupt.
In fact, tomorrow, the first round of postal votes for the Lewisham East by-election are issued. The second round will be issued on June 1. That means that between tomorrow and June 1, the Labour Party will win the by-election which is to be held on June 14.
I very much doubt the votes that take place on the day will mean all that much. Labour will storm ahead with their postal votes before anyone even reads literature from other parties. It seems that there are certain areas within the UK, and specifically London, which always know how they are going to vote. And it seems there are certain parties that are more likely to benefit from it.
Wink wink, nudge nudge.